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The Big Picture Leader: Ginger Renkiewicz, RN, BSN, MSBA

Updated: Feb 6

Ginger Renkiewicz is the Executive Vice President, Hospital Operations and Chief Operating Officer for UnityPoint Health-Trinity which consists of four full-service hospitals in Illinois and Iowa. She is an accomplished and respected organizational leader with experience in the delivery of quality patient-focused care. Able to combine industry-leading operations and nursing expertise with innovative and visionary leadership skills to deliver first-class results, she is a recognized problem solver and change agent capable of driving organizational level transformation. She is a talented communicator who is able to relay complex and highly technical information in a clear and concise manner. Her expertise encompasses Executive Leadership; Project Management; Hospital Operations; Financial Analysis; and Transformational Change.

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Ginger Renkewicz earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Michigan and her Master of Science in Business Administration from Madonna University. She has always found satisfaction in helping others to learn and be their best selves. She finds her greatest joy when others succeed. Nursing was a very natural career choice for her. Many years ago, when she applied to college programs, a female could be a secretary, a teacher, or a nurse. My, how things have changed for the better!! Ginger loved and excelled in the sciences and communication. Being a nurse supported her calling. Her career choice has continued to excite and fulfill her and has never been a disappointment. Finally, she and the entire Renkiewicz family believe that volunteering and giving back to the community is a priority and all four family members have consistently supported the Brain Injury Association and Birdies for Charity, along with volunteering for many other charities over the years.

Dr. Renkewicz’s Prescription for Success:

Number 1: Things will always look different in the morning. When working through challenges and problems that seem insurmountable just give it a rest and look again with fresh eyes.

Number 2: Take care of yourself physically and mentally, so you can take care of your team and your family. It’s very important that you take time to refill your own bucket with gratitude and joy, so that you can contribute to filling the buckets of others.

Number 3: If offered additional responsibility, take it. Obviously, somebody believes in you and thinks you can handle it. This is your chance to shine to grow, to develop your skills, organizationally and your leadership skills.

Number 4: Always practice with the highest of integrity. Be authentic and honest. Speak the truth even though it hurts. Be gracious. Always do the right thing, even when it’s difficult. and require yourself reflection on keep a positive attitude and be consistent in your response to challenges be predictable.

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Notable quotes from Ginger Wenkewicz’s interview:

I have always enjoyed helping people and helping them to be their best selves.
I was on the road about 80% of the time, because I strongly believe you cannot manage from your desk.
Indecision in and of itself is a decision.
Admit your mistakes and share what you’ve learned.
Each additional skill you master makes you more marketable and able to confidently throw your hat in the ring to be considered for the next promotional opportunity or responsibility.
Above all be kind. You can still be honest, firm and lead unquestionably. But do it with respect and kindness for the other person. Look them in the eye, even when the news is not good.

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