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Gary S. Shorb, President and CEO of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare - 2013 Community Leadership Award Nominee

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Modern Healthcare's Community Leadership Award …

Modern Healthcare's Community Leadership Award

The healthcare industry is full of executives who define themselves by leading efforts to change lives and contribute to their communities. Modern Healthcare's Community Leadership Awards will recognize these leaders while bringing attention to the worthy causes they support.

Learn more about the Community Leadership Award on Modern Healthcare's website:

http://www.modernhealthcare.com/section/community-leadership/

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  • 1. June 21, 2013 To: Modern Healthcare Community Leadership Award Committee: I am nominating Gary S. Shorb, President and CEO of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, a seven-hospital system in Memphis, Tennessee for this award. Shorb is truly a community-minded servant leader who leads by example. In addition to his core responsibilities as the leader of MLH, Shorb is active on several community boards: • Shorb is a board member for PeopleFirst, is an unprecedented collaboration to strengthen Memphis and Shelby County's cradle-to-career pipeline. Spearheaded by the PeopleFirst Partnership, it is a portfolio of initiatives developed and implemented by "collective action networks" and anchored by four goals, ten strategies and key performance metrics. • Shorb is West Tennessee vice president of the Tennessee Business Roundtable, an organization of senior level business leaders that collaborates with state government and business organizations to develop and implement policy supporting business and economic growth in Tennessee. • Memphis Bioworks Foundation is a non-profit with a mission to support and grow • Memphis Bioworks is a non-profit with a mission to support and grow bioscience businesses and jobs in Memphis. Thoughts on Gary Shorb from Dr. Steven J. Bares, President and Executive Director of the Memphis Bioworks Foundation “Over the last two years, as a member of the Memphis Bioworks Foundation board of directors, Gary has had input on a number of successful economic development projects, including workforce programs that have trained and placed hundreds of Memphians in jobs, as well as the recent construction of a $23 million commercial, pre-clinical research lab, which will help retain millions of research dollars in Memphis. This lab is the third phase of the UT-Baptist Research Park, a growing major bioscience research complex located in the heart of the Memphis Medical Center that, to date, represents more than $120 million in investment and hundreds more local jobs. In addition, as a board member, Gary has overseen the development of Innova, which is Bioworks’ venture fund, and the construction and operation of 34,000 square feet of business incubator space, including offices and wet labs.
  • 2. • f directors, Gary In addition, as a board member, Gary has overseen the development of • These developments have been transformational for the Memphis bioscience entrepreneurship ecosystem and were instrumental in the formation of the ZeroTo510 accelerator program. Now in its second year, ZeroTo510 is a first-of- its-kind business accelerator that helps medical device entrepreneurs navigate the start-up process and achieve the Food and Drug Administration’s 510(k) pre- market notification filing. Results for the six companies in the inaugural 2012 program were outstanding, with one company completing the program with a full round (Series A) of venture capital funding of $2.5 million, and four others finishing with additional funding in the amount of $100,000 each. Though the initial seed capital helps these companies grow, the real driving force behind the startups’ success is the resources and connections to potential customers provided by local business leaders like Gary.” • Memphis Tomorrow is an association of chief executive officers of Memphis' largest enterprises. Our purpose is to bring top business leaders together with government and civic leadership to foster economic prosperity for all who live in our community. Thoughts on Gary Shorb from Blair Taylor, President of Memphis Tomorrow: “Gary is a key leader of Memphis Tomorrow --an association of CEOS of Memphis’ largest enterprises who collectively engage in shaping the progress of Greater Memphis -- having served on its executive committee for 7 years which included 2 years as the organization’s chairman. Since 2007, Gary has, on behalf of Memphis Tomorrow, led the business community in formal partnership with Memphis’ City and County Mayors as co-convener of Memphis Fast Forward, a community-wide strategic plan and collective action initiative focused on reducing crime, strengthening education and talent, growing jobs, improving government fiscal strength and efficiency and improving health outcomes. Gary is rare among business CEOs in that he’s savvy about the role of politics in community development work and so is able to be a leader among his peers in helping navigate the political system to advance community priorities. He understands
  • 3. and values the power of collaboration to achieve community goals, and has the respect and eager partnership of his peers, colleagues and other community and government leaders in driving community progress.” • Overton Park is a 342-acre public park in the heart of Memphis, Tennessee. The park contains a nine-hole golf course, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis College of Art, Memphis Zoo, Levitt Shell, Rainbow Lake, Veterans Plaza, the Greensward, two playgrounds, and a 126-acre Old Forest State Natural Area. Thoughts on Gary Shorb from Tina Sullivan, Executive Director of Overton Park Conservancy: “In 2011, Gary Shorb’s visionary leadership led to the establishment of the nonprofit Overton Park Conservancy, where he holds the position of founding board chair. This popular city park, founded in 1901, had suffered from decades of deferred maintenance, neglect, and unchecked development that chipped away at its acreage. Mr. Shorb was able to navigate the complicated political terrain of the many interest groups with a stake in the park’s future, lobbying for one unified voice for the park. Without his ability to unite people around the cause, it is unlikely that Overton Park’s recent transformation would have been possible. Through the influence of Mr. Shorb’s leadership, the Conservancy has built a culture of collaboration, seeking to include stakeholders in our decision- making and to encourage more members of the community to visit and enjoy Overton Park. He has built partnerships with key supporters, helping to secure long-term financial support for the Conservancy’s operations. Mr. Shorb has guided the Conservancy through the successful transformation of Overton Park, with more than $1 million in improvements either completed or currently underway. These projects, from the renovation of running trails to the rebuilding of a playground, are bringing more visitors to the park every day for healthy outdoor recreation. Because of Mr. Shorb’s commitment to Overton Park and the surrounding community, we have been able to celebrate a tremendous number of accomplishments and establish a strong foundation for the future of our city’s most cherished park.” • The National Civil Rights Museum, located at the Lorraine Motel, the assassination site of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., chronicles key episodes of the American civil rights movement and the legacy of this movement to inspire
  • 4. participation in civil and human rights efforts globally, through our collections, exhibitions, and educational programs. Thoughts on Gary Shorb from Beverly Robertson, President of the National Civil Rights Museum: “Gary is an enthusiastic Board member, one who is always supportive and never steps away from a challenge. In these tough economic times, he continues to chair our Comprehensive Campaign, which we launched in 2009. He pushed us to accept the goal of $40M, a stretch for us. Our first priority for the campaign is the $28M needed to renovate the historic Lorraine and a new administration building - to date; we have raised $25.5M. The other component of the campaign is to raise $12M to create an endowment fund to sustain the work of the Museum for future generations - $2.1M is committed. With Gary’s leadership of the campaign steering committee, the generosity of the Board and many donors, professional staff and renovation team, we anxiously await the Grand Re- Opening of the Lorraine building first quarter 2014! We are grateful to Gary for his strong leadership.” stake Memphis

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