Ten things to know about Silverton's leader
When Silverton Health joined the Legacy Health family recently, it made Sarah Fronza, president of Legacy Silverton Medical Center, the newest of Legacy’s hospital administrators. Here are some things we learned about Silverton’s enthusiastic leader:
• Active in local theater, she has been known to break out into song in a meeting. “Sometimes, you have to set the right tone,” she notes.
• Challenged at a Legacy leadership retreat, she competed in a three-minute “plank” contest with Legacy CEO George Brown, M.D., and Molly Burchell, M.D., Legacy clinical vice president of pediatrics. “There was a lot of shaking going on,” she says.
• She lives in the house that was the original Silverton Hospital, which treated actor Clark Gable when he was a teen. “One of Silverton’s many interesting stories,” she adds
“My comfort zone is pretty big,” says Fronza. “I think it’s important for our staff to see our leaders having fun.”
Some other factoids
• Fronza, who has a master’s degree in nutrition, once worked as a dietitian at Randall Children’s Hospital Children’s Diabetes and Endocrine Center. “I apply the same critical thinking skills I used in clinical practice as I do in strategizing for the future of this organization, just on a much larger scale” she says.
• She has four children (ages 14, 13, 11 and 8). “They are the highlight of my life,” she beams.
• Her hobby now is triathlon competitions, and she recently completed race with a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run. “It’s a way to keep me focused,” she says. “And it’s ridiculously fun.”
• Fronza grew up in Silverton and moved back to the community about 13 years ago. “I love this community,” she explains. “It is incredibly special to be able to grow a health care system and impact the health of people you know and love.”
The main characteristic you should know about Fronza is her positive enthusiasm.
• On Silverton: “This is a community that can get things done,” she says. “A great representation of skills, talents, culture and diversity.”
• About the Silverton employees: “I have a deep respect for our staff. They work incredibly hard on behalf of our patients and the organization.”
• On the recent merger between Silverton Health and Legacy: “We are absolutely thrilled.”
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