By Vanessa Orr, South Florida Hospital News, for ACHE of South Florida
As a registered nurse, Rudy Molinet was able to follow his passion for helping people. And while he appreciated being able to play an important role in patients’ lives, he realized that a career in healthcare leadership offered the opportunity to make a difference in an even bigger way.
“As a nurse, I was having a one-on-one impact on patients and families, but as a healthcare leader, I could make a difference to an even larger group or an entire healthcare system,” he said.
Molinet returned to school to earn his master’s in healthcare administration at Columbia University, and worked in healthcare operations, marketing and sales, and strategic planning before starting his own consulting company, Artemis Synergies. He now provides services in all aspects of management, including strategic planning, management development, corporate restructuring and reorganization, executive coaching and more.
“I’m a novelty seeker; it’s never boring because there are always new things happening,” he said of the myriad roles his position requires.
Molinet also provides stand-alone coaching to healthcare executives at all stages of their careers. “Clients may include late-careerist CEOs facing challenges who value my level of experience or mid- and early careerists figuring out where they want to go and how to get to the level they want,” he said.
As the first openly gay board member at Holy Cross Health in Fort Lauderdale, FL, Molinet is also focused on the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), and provides education on the needs of the LGTBQ+ community. “In this way, I am able to merge my two passions—social justice and equality within the healthcare system,” he said.
An adjunct professor at Florida Atlantic University, he also teaches MBA and MHA students leadership, marketing and strategic planning, and has incorporated ACHE (American College of Healthcare Executives) into his role at FAU.
“One of my proudest achievements, in addition to becoming an ACHE fellow, is that I was able to convince FAU Executive Education to pay for the first year of each student’s membership in ACHE,” he said. “There are so many benefits, from learning how to comport yourself, to having high ethical values, to knowing what an elevator speech is, to networking with other healthcare professionals.
“No one is going to come knock on your door and ask you if you want to be a CEO,” he laughed. “No matter how old you are, or your station in life, or what you think you know, every day should be a learning opportunity or experience, and ACHE provides that.”
Molinet is such a firm believer in this tenet of lifelong learning that at the age of 62, after years in the healthcare industry, he decided to pursue his own ACHE Fellow credential. “I feel so strongly about the importance of the FACHE credential that I decided to become board-certified,” he said. “I hadn’t taken a six-hour board exam in many, many years, but I passed it on the first try.
“Not only has it helped my consulting practice, but it adds gravitas to my role as a healthcare executive,” he added. “When you have those initials after your name, it says it all in terms of this industry and our profession.”