Anne Herman, regional director of corporate compliance for Adventist Midwest Health, earned the organization’s pillar award for exemplary leadership. She is pictured with Tom Williams, regional vice president and chief administrative officer of Adventist Midwest Health.
Hinsdale – As regional director of corporate compliance for Adventist Midwest Health, Anne Herman helps staff members comply with government regulations.
Think her job is easy? Medicare alone has well over 200,000 pages of regulations. Yes, all those zeroes belong there.
“It is the second most regulated industry in the U.S. after nuclear power,” said Herman, a La Grange Park resident. “I work with staff and leaders to help them understand and comply with the laws that govern health care. The laws are many and they change frequently.
“One of the aspects I like most about my job is that it provides remarkable opportunities for me to learn,” Herman said. “I get questions from staff all the time asking about regulations, how to interpret them and how to make sure we’re complying. Topics range from disposal of hazardous waste, to patient visitation rights, to relationships with physicians, to billing questions, to tax exemption issues. I am never in need of intellectual stimulation.”
For her outstanding leadership and her commitment to the Adventist Midwest Health mission of extending the healing ministry of Christ, Herman was one of five employees recognized with the organization’s Pillar Award at a recent leadership conference.
“To be able to understand complex issues and government regulations is a gift,” said Tom Williams, regional vice president and chief administrative officer of Adventist Midwest Health. “Anne not only understands it all, but she helps others grasp these issues and very few people have such an ability. Anne is passionate about her work, passionate about her family and passionate about service to others. She is a true example of our mission in action and is a stellar ambassador for Adventist Midwest Health.”
“I was really honored to receive this award,” Herman said. “My job satisfaction isn’t about money or position, but about the ability to serve my colleagues in a productive way. To know that my work has a meaningful impact really warms me.”
Herman has been working for Adventist Midwest Health for 26 years, but it isn’t the path she expected her career to take.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in speech pathology at the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire, and then completed graduate school in speech pathology at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
“I began my career working as a speech pathologist, providing bedside care and that gave me a good sense of the ethics behind the regulations,” Herman said. “My heart is with the patient and they are they ‘why’ of what we do and how we do it.
“When I began my Adventist journey, I had wanted to eventually end up in a university setting, but after 26 years, I’m still here,” Herman said. “I love working for a mission-oriented organization where I can practice my faith. And during those 26 years I got married and had five children. Adventist gives me the flexibility to achieve balance between work and family life, job enrichment beyond belief and support to get more education.”
Herman learned much about compliance on the job. She was promoted to the position of director in 2001. She earned a master’s in health law at Loyola University of Chicago in 2008, after attending classes evenings and weekends.
Herman and her husband Bob, a managing director in the financial industry, have three daughters and two sons ranging in age from 15 to 24. Four of her children are either working in health care or planning a career in the health industry.
Herman also finds time for community work. Last year, she received the Adventist Health System’s Community Service award. She has participated in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, and has volunteered at the Chicago Food Depository. More recently, her efforts have been focused on working with the homeless in DuPage County. Her newest aspiration is providing volunteer services through Adventist St. Thomas Hospice.
She also attends the First United Methodist Church Chicago Temple in downtown Chicago.
“We used to live in Chicago and we’ve been going to our church for 26 years,” Herman said. “We didn’t consider changing churches when we moved. We like the diversity. You can’t find a better place in Chicago to experience the realities of our world.”
Pillar award nominations are solicited from Adventist Midwest Health’s senior leadership team. To be eligible, nominees must demonstrate commitment to the organization’s “S.H.A.R.E.” standards of behavior: Sense, Help, Acknowledge, Respect and Explain. They must also demonstrate measurable results on the quarterly goals set for their departments. These goals are organized under the seven categories, or pillars, of spiritual life, people, clinical, service, community, growth and stewardship.
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.
Media contact: Sheila Galloro, public relations specialist, Adventist Midwest Health, Sheila.Galloro@ahss.org; 630-856-2359.