Landon Hise always dreamed of becoming a hospital CEO. Before the age of 30, he was able to not only accomplish that goal, but also be recognized as one of Oklahoma’s 25 most admired CEO’s and one of 39 Achievers Under 40.
Hise recently accepted the position of CEO at AllianceHealth in Clinton, Oklahoma. Prior to this, he became the state’s youngest hospital CEO when he began his career at Cordell Memorial Hospital in 2014 at the age of 30.
Hise says his position at AllianceHealth was “quite the promotion for me.” Before he answered to the title CEO, he was the vice president of operations for Radiology Partners, and before that, the director of radiology and cardiac services at Elkview General Hospital.
“The best part of my job is getting to meet the patients and visiting with them,” Hise said. “I take the time to meet every patient who is admitted to our hospital.”
The goal wasn’t necessarily just to become an administrator at such a young age; the root of his goal was always to make a positive impact in the world of health care.
“Once I first got into health care, I realized I wanted to be a hospital administrator. I felt like I had the skillset and tough skin to be able to make the difficult decisions. I also felt like I could make a difference,” he said.
Hise earned his B.S. in health care administration from CSU in 2010. He was looking for a challenging, flexible option and CSU was highly recommended by his peers.
“My degree at CSU took my career to the next level,” he said. “It helped me make my hospital into one of the best rural hospitals in all of America for three years in a row.”
Accomplishing big goals like Hies has done before the age of 30 may sound lofty to some, but he has advice for those who want to pursue a career in health care management.
“Set big goals. I wanted to be a hospital CEO by the time I was 30, and I made it happen with two weeks to spare,” he said. “Nowadays, you must think outside the box. You’ve got to adapt to the ever-changing world of health care.”