Project Japan Staff
Aurora Aguilar sets the editorial vision for Project Japan. Previously, Aurora led the newsroom at NPR affiliate Chicago Public Media and managed special projects there that concentrated on healthcare policy issues. She was executive producer of the station’s flagship talk show. She produced and edited live election coverage, events, and essays and commentaries written by authors such as John Green and Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Aurora won numerous awards from the Associated Press, National Association of Black Journalists and James Beard Foundation among other organizations. Aurora also reported for the Daily Herald and freelanced for the Chicago Tribune.
Dr. Anne Klibanski, CEO of Partners HealthCare, Dr. Barbara McAneny, the American Medical Association's immediate past president, and Dr. Patrice Harris, current president, were recognized this year by Project Japan as part of the nation's Top 25 Women Leaders.
There’s no denying that while reimbursement has tightened and costs have gone up, a sizable portion of the industry is doing well. Meanwhile, the average patient, often saddled with debt and increased costs of living, is struggling more each year.
In an era of vertical integration of and external disruption to the industry, it’s not surprising to see an executive leading a department or organization with little to no experience in healthcare. But that wasn’t always the case.
Ascension recently split the title of president and CEO and unified its two-pronged structure. That will result in the upcoming departure of three top executives including Patricia Maryland, who has been at Ascension for 15 years.