Member Spotlight Ivan Bartolome President & Chief Executive Officer HealthSearch Partners
Name: Ivan Bartolome Current business title: President & Chief Executive Officer, HealthSearch Partners Native of what city/country: Philippines Why is diversity and inclusion important to you? My mother was a nurse and my father was a respiratory therapist. At an early age, I saw that hospital leadership didn’t include people who looked like me or my parents. However, this is beginning to change. In my last operations role, the CEO of my hospital was African-American. Why is diversity and inclusion important to health care leadership? I believe the diversity and inclusion in the hospital or health care system C-suite should represent the community that is being served. I see an increasing number of leaders who look like me, making their way to the C-Suite and it is rewarding and refreshing to see. Organizations benefit from being more diverse and inclusive of all leaders.
What do you see as the biggest challenges for diversity and inclusion in ACHENTX? Our region is blessed to have leaders who have strong relationships even between competing hospitals and health systems. I believe our ACHENTX community is much more aware of the need for diversity and inclusion and is being more purposeful than ever to be inclusive. What’s something that ACHENTX members might be surprised to learn about you? I really enjoy fly fishing. I started learning how to fly fish with fellow students in my MHSA program 20 years ago. It’s a lifelong journey!