Medical Center Director, Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center
In an effort to commemorate the 20th anniversary of their Cleveland-based corporate sustainability and governance consulting firm, Barb Brown and Margie Flynn embarked on a book project focused on giving further voice to female leaders.
Northeast Ohio is home to several influential women business leaders, including Susan Fuehrer, medical center director of the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center.
In the book, Susan discusses the basic principles of leadership that she carries with her on a daily basis – whether that’s encouraging others to speak to leveraging diversity.
She also addresses the role of power in leadership: “In my journey, I started at the very bottom. I learned that if you have a title or a salary, you have power to get things done. The title itself didn’t necessarily matter. What matters was that you had a good idea and you could, for the right reason, sell that idea to others.”
Susan was appointed the medical center director for the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center (VAMC) in 2010 after beginning her career there several decades prior. She joined the Cleveland VAMC as a management intern, held several positions over the years, and was serving as associate director before her appointment to medical center director.
The Cleveland VAMC is the third-largest VA in the country, and Susan oversees the care of 115,000 veterans across Northeast Ohio.
Susan currently serves on the boards of directors for Cleveland’s Healthcare Information Management Executives, the Northeast Ohio Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Center for Health Affairs, and the Cuyahoga Community College Foundation, and is the past chairman of the Cleveland Federal Executive Board.
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