Fellows Spotlight: Martin Benning
When asked the question of what he wanted to be when he grew
up, a career in healthcare was the last thing that Martin Benning would
previously answer. A long battle with childhood cancer pushed Martin away from
healthcare, and down his initial path of pre-law at the University of
Washington. However, Martin says a job at the Seattle Surgery Center during college
is when he began to “fall into healthcare.” His initial exposure in combination
with his past patient journey in healthcare are what eventually drew him back
in and brought him to where he is today.
Through his personal and professional experience, Martin states
that he has always put physicians on a pedestal and is part of why he loves
what he does so much. While he admits that care delivery has never been for
him, being able to support them from an operational level has helped him to
continually show his appreciation to caregivers and physicians. He is
constantly looking for ways to align administrative visions with those of the
providers, recognizing common goals and working to explicitly address the “why”
behind these goals.
Martin is beginning his role as the Vice President of
Clinical Operations and Market Integration for Washington Kaiser Permanente in
the South Service area. Whether through quality and process improvement, or his
current role, he has always worked in an operational role to some capacity. Throughout
his career, he has appreciated the networking opportunities that ACHE has provided
him as fellow. He recognizes the value in speaking a common language as his
peers in this organization, and through his years as a fellow, has found that
it creates a rapport among colleagues who are like-minded in their commitment
to the healthcare industry and profession.
Thanks to Kelly Lalita Mohammad, MHPA candidate WSU for Fellow Spotlight article.