About MEDI: Our Team of Professional and Experienced Executive Coaches
John Fletcher, MBA, FACHE
John Fletcher is a trusted Strategic Advisor and Leadership Coach, based in Seattle, Washington. His experience includes over 30 years in executive leadership with Providence Health & Services at the operational and strategic levels in Oregon, Alaska, Montana, Washington and California. John understands the economic and political pressure of the “C” suite, having served 7 years as a regional Chief Executive overseeing a $2 Billion operation with 9 hospitals and over 21,000 employees. He also understands that to be successful, trust, empathy and self-awareness are every bit as important as financial, marketing and business strategy.
Called upon to develop, launch, and integrate new and profitable service models in response to glacial shifts in Healthcare funding and access, John’s vision, relational integrity, and integrated view of service and business now guide his work with current and emerging Healthcare Executives, Physicians and Boards. His Coaching and Consulting expertise is centered in strategic, collaborative and rational approaches to executive development and success.
Experience At A Glance:
35 years experience in clinical and executive leadership roles within not for profit hospitals and integrated health systems in a wide variety of markets
7 Years as a Chief Executive of 9 hospital, $2 Billion Regional health system
Pioneer in Clinical and Health System Integration and Population Health
Certified Leadership Coach, The Hudson Institute of Coaching
M.B.A. Portland State University
B.S. University of Nebraska at Omaha
Affiliations & Memberships
American College of Healthcare Executives, Lifetime Fellow
Hudson Institute of Coaching
International Coaching Federation
Institute of Coaching (Harvard based), Fellow
What surprises John: How the culture of an organization is influenced by the behavior and quality of its leadership. I have yet to meet an executive in healthcare who is not qualified intellectually and experientially. What surprises me is how many of these executives struggle, many times because of a cultural misunderstandings or lack of solid feedback throughout their tenure. I went into Coaching mainly as a way to help develop customized success roadmaps for Executives responsible for a most sacred profession, healthcare.
What inspires John: Very simply, the people who devote their lives to help other people during their most vulnerable times. Nurses, Physicians, housekeepers, nutritionists, therapists and yes, leaders in healthcare, who are given the awesome responsibility of making it all work like a symphony. They have been my inspiration entire career!
How John stays current on industry trends: I am active in Hospital Associations and my coaching networks. I stay current through Journals and daily newsletters. The best way I stay current, however, is coaching CEO’s who are in the midst of transformational change. Nothing is better than real life scenarios and participating in the challenges with the CEO.
How John stays current in the field of leadership: The Hudson Institute, The Institute of Coaching based out of Harvard and the American College of Healthcare Executives all provide excellent opportunities for Coaches to stay current in relevant leadership trends and practices. I am a big fan of Harvard Business Review.