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Heidi Raines of Medical Executive Parters Named a 2013 CityBusiness Woman of the Year

For Immediate Release

October 17, 2013


CEO of Local Healthcare Consulting Firm Honored at 2013 Women of the Year Ceremony


NEW ORLEANS, LA (October 17, 2013) – Heidi Raines, CEO and founder of local healthcare consulting firm Medical Executive Partners, is being honored for her extensive contributions to the regional healthcare industry and the community at the 2013 New Orleans CityBusiness Women of the Year awards. Selected based on business accolades, community involvement, and innovative leadership, only 50 women from across Greater New Orleans receive this honor each year. The awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans.

As CEO of Medical Executive Partners, Raines has worked with private, public and non-profit healthcare agencies, supported numerous growing biomedical startup companies, and developed a partnership with a leading national network of Fertility Centers of Excellence that has led to the construction of a new multi-million dollar surgery center in New Orleans. Beyond her career achievements at Medical Executive Partners, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, and Michalopoulos Enterprises, Raines is also being recognized for her leadership in the community. Raines is Chairman of the Board of the New Orleans Video Access Center, a member of the American Red Cross National Tiffany Circle of Women Leaders, and a board member of the Louisiana Society of Reproductive Medicine and the Bayou Boogaloo Festival.

Raines took a risk in 2008 when she resigned as CEO of a privately held corporation to found a health care consulting firm. While the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics states that 73% of medical and health services managers are women, only 4% of health care CEOs are female.

Four years later, it’s evident the risk is paying off – Raines has grown Louisiana physician-based start-ups into operating companies that have built platforms for expansion and attracted national corporations as investors, and she has personally invested in a few herself.

“I love running a company in its infancy, executing and fine tuning the vision of the founding entrepreneurs, and bringing the team together that makes it happen. Every single day, there are great strides made ” Raines says of the two operating room ambulatory surgery center and biomedical laboratory, Vivere-Audubon Surgery Center, which opens in New Orleans in November through a collaborative partnership she developed. “This is a win for the biomedical community. By moving a project from concept to actual new job creation and economic growth, we are able to show our commitment to attracting and retaining national leaders in medicine. This project is the result of several years of planning and collaboration to create a turn-key biomedical opportunity that has attracted a national company to our community.”

In an effort to address global health, Raines enlisted several female leaders to participate in the second round of funding for Bioceptive, a women’s health company currently developing a patent-pending medical device. “It is important to support products and solutions that meet significant health care challenges by investing in promising technologies, such as Bioceptive, and to further support these companies through the process of FDA clearance and clinical trials.”

The complexities of healthcare and the scope of Raines’ growing company could easily overwhelm even the most experienced executive. There is no ‘playbook’ on how to innovate health care. But Raines and her associates have not been afraid to tackle regional challenges, such as establishing companies that attract destination health care to our community, forging public-private partnerships for efficient health care delivery, or developing medical centers in underserved markets.

That’s something she’s done since the birth of her career at Louisiana Health Sciences Center where she served as Business Manager of the Section of Hematology/Oncology and Radiation Oncology. Here, she managed two sections of the medical school, including clinical research and private out-patient clinics, and increased profitability by 152%. “I was twenty three years old and the youngest manager in the system,” Raines says. “I felt a tremendous obligation to patient care delivery and, also, to the management team that gave me the opportunity to serve our community.”

Raines says one key attribute for up-and-coming executives is to “lead through influence”, a quality that just about defines her current position as Preceptor Faculty at Tulane University in the Department of Global Health Systems, Master of Health Administration. But she also says that being “very skilled at building teams” can be a career catalyst as well. The leaders she trained through the Master Degree Residency Program are now executives and associates at major national institutions including Memorial Herman Health System, the largest not-for-profit healthcare system in Texas, and Ernst and Young’s Health Care Division in New York. “That,” Raines says, “is the only real reward and acknowledgment I need to keep going.”

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