Deirdre Baggot Works To Change Healthcare

Deirdre Baggot is an experienced medical clinician and hospital executive who has been championing for the mainstreaming of bundled payments. She is a pioneer in the field and has helped with the development of many different innovations when it comes to payment reform in health care. She has carried out these services for 2 different advisory firms and continues to support the cause.

Before becoming an advisor, she worked in academic healthcare for a decade. Deirdre Baggot has worked for both Northwestern Memorial Hospital as well as the University of Michigan Healthcare System. It was while working for the University of Michigan Health System that she made the decision to get into the world of consulting with her Chief Executive Officer. She made the move to The Camden Group in 2010 in order to help create a consulting practice that was focused on healthcare reimbursements. She served as one of CMS’ expert reviewers in 2012 for their bundled payments program. Find out more about Baggot at Beckers Hospital Review

Early on, Deirdre Baggot wasn’t sure that she would do well when it came to consulting because she didn’t have any experience in the field. Fortunately, the CEO that she had made the move with believed in her abilities and referred many clients to her. It only took about 3 months for her to start turning a profit in her business. She accredits a lot of her success to having a great team backing her and a lot of knowledge on the subject.

She believes that experience and knowledge is the best way to attract and keep clients. It’s not enough to just know a lot of theory about a subject, you have to have practiced it in real life in order to know how things actually work. The mentors that she has had over the years have also helped inspire her and teach her what she needs to know.

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Why Successes like Susan McGalla’s are still Rare among Women

Companies that are gender diverse have been shown to be more likely to outperform those that are not by up to 15 percent. Diversity in the workplace is believed to make a company more open to a broader range of ideas. However, only a small percentage of C-level jobs in S&P companies are held by women even now. Susan McGalla is one of those exceptions.

Joe Williams of Philly Purge believes that the main reason for the gender gap is that the work force is still missing the underlying issue. Namely, that most women need eachother’s support to be able to feel confident at what they do. Most companies lack this. One of the reasons that Susan McGalla is such an exception is due to her fairly unusual background.

McGalla was raised with two brothers and had a football coach for a father. She has said that from childhood, she wasn’t given any breaks just because she’s a girl. She was raised to work for everything she wanted. She credits this to the fact that she has been so successful in various managerial and other high level positions where many other women tend to struggle.

After graduating with a degree in business, Susan McGalla started her career with the department store, Joseph Horne Company from 1986 to 1994. She was very successful in various marketing and managerial positions. Then she joined American Eagle Outfitters in 1994 as a women’s clothing divisional merchandise buyer until she worked her way up to being their President and CMO (Chief Merchandising Operator). She left American Eagle Outfitters in 2009 and has since gone on to private consulting for various retail and financial businesses. She also founded her own executive business, P3.

McGalla has said that when she started out at American Eagle Outfitters, all of the executives were men. One of the positions she holds now is Vice President of Creative Development for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Which she says is also dominated mostly by men. However, McGalla is now best known for the motto, “wear what we wear” in order to encourage people to invest in Steeler clothing.