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Adventist Midwest Health director helps people recognize own strengths
Photo caption: Regional Director of Organization Development Laticia Thompson (right) with Regional Vice President of Human Resources Don Russell.

Hinsdale – Laticia Thompson believes the purpose God has set before her is to help people see within themselves gifts and talents they do not recognize.

“I really believe in developing people from the inside out,” Thompson said. “I can tell you what you have to do to resolve an issue. But until someone sees within themselves what they’re capable of, it’s not as powerful.”

A resident of Shorewood, Thompson was recently recognized as a Pillar Award winner by Adventist Midwest Health.

“She’s someone that absolutely embodies our standards of behavior 100 percent of the time,” said Don Russell, regional vice president of human resources.

“She’s someone that is a high performer who gets things done, and has great vision for what the organization development function can do for this organization,” Russell added.

Thompson works as regional director of organization development at AMH’s regional office in Bolingbrook and has been with the organization for about a year and a half. Before joining AMH, Thompson worked with Provena Health for five and a half years.

Though she learned much there, Thompson wanted to expand the scope of her work. She wanted to remain with a faith-based, not-for profit workplace, and had her eye on AMH for about a year when she discovered a job posting online.

“I like to have the freedom and the ability to exercise my own faith,” Thompson said. “I don’t want to be restricted from being able to do that.”

At AMH, Thompson has that ability, praying with a co-worker during an especially stressful day or helping them deal with some difficult news.

Prior to getting into health care, Thompson worked for eight months at a homeless shelter for pregnant women. Before that, she worked for 10 years at Robert Morris College, where Thompson had received her associate’s degree.

Thompson also has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Governor’s State University, and a master’s degree in management and organizational behavior from Benedictine University.

With AMH, Thompson helps the organization navigate through its cultural transformation, meeting the expectations of what the organization calls “Transforming Care~Transforming Lives.”

She is working at coaching leaders and developing programs to ensure AMH strategic alignment, and on programs to develop learning solutions for leaders and staff.

“Our department has been working closely with leaders and staff to improve employee engagement,” Thompson said.

For 2013, Thompson said there will be new curriculum rolled out, and a new staff person joining on to support Adventist Hinsdale and La Grange Memorial hospitals, to take the “Transforming Care~Transforming Lives” journey to the next level. The tools are in place to help the hospitals achieve success in the 90th percentile, Thompson said.

“We’re to the point where we need to hold ourselves accountable, utilizing those tools, because we know it helps us to enhance results,” she said.

When she’s not at work, Thompson teaches at University of St. Francis, where she’s an adjunct faculty member. In her spare time, she runs a lot, having finished two marathons as well as numerous half-marathons and 5Ks. She also enjoys spending time with her three children and her husband.

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Adventist Midwest Health includes Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. To find a physician, visit www.keepingyouwell.com.

Physicians on the medical staff of Adventist Midwest Health Hospitals are independent contractors, and are not agents of the hospitals.

Media contact: Chris LaFortune, public relations specialist, Adventist Midwest Health, christopher.lafortune@ahss.org; 630-856-2354


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