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Decision Maker: Nina Thomes Hobcroft with VCU Health System
Decision Maker

Decision Maker: Nina Thomes Hobcroft with VCU Health System

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Nina Thomes Hobcroft is vice president of Strategic Alliances and Market Development at VCU Health System.

New position: vice president, strategic alliances and market development at the VCU Health System

Previous position: senior vice president, strategy and development, HCA Capital Division, 2006-2017

Birthplace: Richmond

Education: bachelor’s degree, VCU, 1977; master’s degree, VCU, 1995

Career: executive director and various management positions, Richmond Cerebral Palsy Center, 1978-1997; associate administrator, Children’s Hospital of Richmond, 1997-1998; and vice president, project management and supplier management positions, McKesson Medical Surgical, 1998-2006

Best career move: “Obtaining my master’s degree in health care administration at VCU.”

Career goals: “My new position with VCU Health aligns with my career goals to serve the community and mentor new leaders. It is a privilege to have the opportunity to support the heart of VCU Health’s mission ‘To preserve and restore health for all people, to seek the cure and cause of disease through innovative research, and to educate those who serve humanity.’”

The best advice I ever received: “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you will go,” from Dr. Seuss

The most difficult situation faced on the job: “With merger and acquisition work, compassionately and effectively managing the operational and culture transition is a challenge. Achieving the delicate balance of merging cultures with a respect for the emotional responses prompted by change; preserving the best practices of each organization in developing the new standard; and optimizing operations with a resultant ‘win’ for both organizations are the pillars for a successful outcome.”

Career tip for students: “Be fearless and follow your passion. Be authentic to yourself and your value system. Be fully prepared and ready to actively participate. Be open — to new ideas, embrace diversity. Be kind — always.”

What motivates her: “Being challenged with charting new opportunities or overcoming obstacles in a new way. Being told ‘that is not possible.’ ”

Role model: “Working in health care for my entire career, I find inspiration in the daily performance of the caregivers facing unexpected challenges with compassion and excellence. The courage and dedication of the caregivers and the support team is a constant source of inspiration.”

Family: daughter, Molly

Pastimes: “Spending time with my family and friends.”

The most memorable book or movie: “I love to read and particularly the Virginia authors such as Adriana Trigiani. Marianne Williamson and Lissa Rankin are sources for thought-provoking writings.”

Favorite food or restaurant: “Stella’s”

Ideal vacation: “Paris”

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