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Sunquest Value of the Month – Tenacity

We exemplify strength of purpose, persistence and determination

We are united in a common purpose to make healthcare smarter and patients safer – 1 billion of them. Our persistence to change the practice of diagnostics for the better will leave a lasting mark we can all be proud of.

A leading pathologist I worked with at a previous company, would ask project teams if what they were working on would “change the practice of healthcare?” He did this to ensure they had not veered from their purpose and were actively thinking about how it would impact clinicians. Would it help them give their patients the critical and timely answers they needed – “Do I have cancer?”, “What are my treatment options?”, etc. Staying focused on purpose is an important part of tenacity.

We all know that making important changes in life and work are not easy. Succeeding at change, like changing the practice of healthcare, takes commitment and energy. You must put your passion in to it, try something different when you fail, and continue despite obstacles or discouragement. Those are key ways to show tenacity, persistence and determination.

For the month of February, here are a few ideas on how to practice Tenacity:

  • Write down ways you specifically can “make healthcare smarter and patient safer” – ensure you see a clear path to contribute to the purpose. Talk with your manager or colleagues about it.
  • Tackle an important challenge that has been looming –  find one thing this month you or your manager have been determined to close out and drive it to closure before the month end.
  • Support a colleague facing an obstacle – offer encouragement and/or suggestions on how to overcome it so they can achieve their goal.

“Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity.”

Louis Pasteur, a French chemist and microbiologist renowned for his discoveries of the principles of vaccination, microbial fermentation and pasteurization that changed the practice of healthcare.

Chad Meyers

SENIOR DIRECTOR PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT, ANATOMIC PATHOLOGY, SUNQUEST INFORMATION SYSTEMS. With 16 years of experience in healthcare diagnostics, Six Sigma and product development, Chad Meyers leads the anatomic pathology product management team at Sunquest Information Systems. His team drives the development and commercialization of Sunquest CoPathPlus, Sunquest PowerPath and Sunquest VUE. Prior to joining Sunquest, Mr. Meyers held leadership roles at Ventana Medical Systems, Honeywell International and GE Healthcare. Mr. Meyers holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and a Masters of Information Management (MSIM) from the W.P. Carey School at Arizona State University. He currently serves as a mentor to biomedical engineering students at Georgia Tech.