When John R. Janoso Jr. was named president and CEO of Sharon Regional Health System in Mercer County in September, he was the third person to hold that position in the past three years -- not the easiest or most ideal situation for someone landing in a hospital's top job for the first time.
"I have the responsibility to re-establish stability and confidence," he said. "I want the people in our region to know that we acknowledge the need to be trusted, responsible stewards of their care. I am adamant that our community knows that we exist for THEM. I have to reassure the physicians, patients and staff that our mission, vision and values haven't been compromised."
Already seen as an emerging health care leader in Western Pennsylvania, Mr. Janoso, 48, has taken an unlikely path to the executive suite. His formal training was in computer programming, starting as a programmer/analyst for a small community hospital.
There he learned the inner business workings of a hospital and, after earning an MBA, he took a leadership position overseeing an information technology department. Then it was a stint as a health care IT consultant though, looking back, "I was a horrible consultant," he said. "I realized early on that I was better suited to being a part of an organization rather than a temporary guest."
He became Sharon Regional's first chief information officer, then president and COO before taking on CEO duties.
"I was fortunate to work in an environment that offered advancement opportunities, but also reminded me daily that this was my home."
Still only a few months into his tenure, Mr. Janoso said, "I am still learning small parts every day of what it takes to be a good leader. Not every decision, conversation or strategic direction is a winner. You need to learn early on that not everyone is going to like you and try not to take it personally."
He does, however, have a leadership philosophy: "Leadership first requires the ability to engage the trust and confidence of those who you wish to lead. I believe firmly that this is only accomplished by being truthful, transparent and direct with the people you aspire to lead."
His has been a steady and notable path to the CEO's job, but Mr. Janoso said he considers that his greatest accomplishments "have been highlighted by the rapid advancement and professional growth of several of the people I have had a hand in bringing into the organization."
"In order to lead effectively, you need a true team. When I say 'true team,' I mean one that functions as a seamless unit. I am currently blessed with a team of various talents and experiences. These are people that I feel can move mountains."
-- Steve Twedt: email@example.com or 412-263-1963