By Vanessa Orr
As a registered nurse, Rudy Molinet was able to follow his passion for helping people. And while he appreciated being able to play an important role in the lives of patients, he realized that a career in healthcare leadership offered the opportunity to make an even greater difference.
“As a nurse, I had an individual impact on patients and families, but as a healthcare leader, I could make a difference for an even larger group or for the entire healthcare system,” said he declared.
Molinet returned to school to earn his master’s degree in healthcare administration at Columbia University and worked in healthcare operations, marketing and sales, and strategic planning before starting his own healthcare company. consultant, Artemis Synergies. He now provides services in all aspects of management, including strategic planning, management development, corporate restructuring and reorganization, executive coaching and more.
“I am a seeker of novelty; it’s never boring because there’s always new stuff happening,” he said of the myriad roles his position demands.
Molinet also offers self-help coaching to healthcare executives at all stages of their careers. “Clients can include late-career CEOs facing challenges who appreciate my level of experience or mid- and early-career professionals figuring out where they want to go and how to get to the level they want,” said he declared.
As the first openly gay board member of Holy Cross Health in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Molinet also focuses on the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) and provides a education on the needs of the LGTBQ+ community. “In this way, I am able to merge my two passions: social justice and equality within the health system,” he said.
Adjunct professor at Florida Atlantic University, he also teaches leadership, marketing and strategic planning to MBA and MHA students, and has integrated ACHE (American College of Healthcare Executives) into his role at FAU.
“One of the accomplishments I’m most proud of, besides becoming an ACHE Scholar, is being able to convince FAU Executive Education to pay for every student’s first year of ACHE membership,” he said. -he declares. “There are so many benefits, whether it’s learning how to behave, having high ethical values, knowing what an elevator speech is, or networking with other professionals in health.
“No one is going to come knocking on your door and asking if you want to be CEO,” he laughed. “No matter your age, where you are in life, or how much you think you know, every day should be a learning opportunity or experience, and ACHE provides that.”
Molinet believes so strongly in this principle of lifelong learning that at the age of 62, after years in the healthcare industry, he decided to pursue his own ACHE Fellow credential. “I’m so convinced of the importance of FACHE certification that I decided to become board certified,” he said. “I hadn’t taken a six-hour exam in many years, but I passed it on the first try.
“Not only has this helped my counseling practice, but it adds seriousness to my role as a healthcare executive,” he added. “When you have those initials after your name, it says a lot about this industry and our profession.”