St. Luke's CEO goes from music to medicine - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

St. Luke's CEO goes from music to medicine

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Dr. Melinda Estes went to college on a full music scholarship. Her goal was to become a concert bassoonist. 

However, the problem was she realized after the end of her first year that music is 90 percent hard work and 10 percent talent.

"I had no trouble with the hard work, but I didn't have the full allocation of the 10 percent talent. So, I thought this is time for me to start thinking of something else," she said.

That "something else" turned out to be medical school - the perfect combination of her creativity and book smarts.

"Medicine is both an art and a science. It combines both the science, but it is also an art to figure out how the brain and spinal cord are wired, and where the disruption is. It's not only science, but it also requires careful history taking, careful examination and a lot of art," she said.

Estes spent her first decade in neuropathy and teaching. In the mid-90s, she began leaning toward administration. She followed that up with a Master of Business Administration.

But with a husband and two daughters, some questioned whether she could handle the business of medicine.

"Over the years, I've had folks who've looked at me and said, 'oh you're not tough enough,' 'you're a woman,' or 'you have children at home so you can't give the time and energy needed to do this job,'" she said.

Her response was she saw it as a challenge and worked harder to be more prepared.

"I think it has paid off," she said.

That preparation has paid off and today she's the CEO of Saint Luke's Health System, a total of 11 hospitals. That means budgets, deadlines and the new Affordable Care Act.

But she also has the trust of her staff since she is more than an administrator. She is also one of them.

"First and foremost, our goal is to take the best care we can of our patients, to provide the highest quality safest care, and if we can do that, and remember why we all went into medicine, then the budget and the financial pressures - everything will ultimately work itself out," she said.

Copyright 2013 KCTV (Meredith Corp.)  All rights reserved.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Several Smiths Station roads closed, bridges collapsed following heavy rains

    Several Smiths Station roads closed, bridges collapsed following heavy rains

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 11:01 AM EDT2018-05-23 15:01:39 GMT
    Lee Rd. 318 Bridge (Source: Parker Branton/WTVM)Lee Rd. 318 Bridge (Source: Parker Branton/WTVM)

    Inclement weather and threats of flash flooding overnight and into the morning have left several Smiths Station roads closed.

    More >>

    Inclement weather and threats of flash flooding overnight and into the morning have left several Smiths Station roads closed.

    More >>
  • Philip Roth, fearless and celebrated author, dies at 85

    Philip Roth, fearless and celebrated author, dies at 85

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 12:03 AM EDT2018-05-23 04:03:23 GMT
    Wednesday, May 23 2018 10:55 AM EDT2018-05-23 14:55:32 GMT
    (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File). FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2008, file photo, author Philip Roth poses for a photo in the offices of his publisher, Houghton Mifflin, in New York. Roth, prize-winning novelist and fearless narrator of sex, religion and mortal...(AP Photo/Richard Drew, File). FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2008, file photo, author Philip Roth poses for a photo in the offices of his publisher, Houghton Mifflin, in New York. Roth, prize-winning novelist and fearless narrator of sex, religion and mortal...

    Author of more than 25 books,  Philip Roth won virtually every literary honor, including the Pulitzer Prize for "American Pastoral."

    More >>

    Author of more than 25 books,  Philip Roth won virtually every literary honor, including the Pulitzer Prize for "American Pastoral."

    More >>
  • US, South Korea work to keep North Korea summit on track

    US, South Korea work to keep North Korea summit on track

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 12:44 AM EDT2018-05-23 04:44:27 GMT
    Wednesday, May 23 2018 10:55 AM EDT2018-05-23 14:55:28 GMT
    (AP Photo/Evan Vucci). President Donald Trump meets with South Korean President Moon Jae-In in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, May 22, 2018, in Washington.(AP Photo/Evan Vucci). President Donald Trump meets with South Korean President Moon Jae-In in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, May 22, 2018, in Washington.

    The June 12 summit, planned for Singapore, offers a historic chance for peace on the peninsula - but also the risk of an epic diplomatic failure that would allow the North to revive and advance its nuclear weapons program.

    More >>

    The June 12 summit, planned for Singapore, offers a historic chance for peace on the peninsula - but also the risk of an epic diplomatic failure that would allow the North to revive and advance its nuclear weapons program.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly