President & CEO, Schneider Regional Medical Center
St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. Age: 34
Health care is big business, a fact Rodney Miller realized in high school. Less than 20 years later, and at the ripe age of 34, Miller has reached a pinnacle in his career as president & CEO of Schneider Regional Medical Center, a 250-bed acute-care medical facility in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Managing a medical facility is no small feat, but Miller manages to do so efficiently and competently. “It takes a great deal of business savvy to lead a multimillion dollar health care enterprise,” he says.
Even before he arrived at Schneider Regional Medical Center, Miller had set a goal to improve the quality of service at the facility. In the four years of his leadership, the hospital has regained its accreditation by the Joint Accreditation of Health Care Organizations, opened the Charlotte Kimelman Institute, a cancer treatment center, and increased net revenue by $12 million. Miller not only has enhanced the facility’s landscape, he also has improved the attitude of the staff.
Miller received a bachelor of science degree from Park College in Missouri and a master of science in health services administration from Central Michigan University. He laid the groundwork for his current role while serving as administrator for Cardiovascular/Medical Services, director of business development and agency administrator for Care One Rehabilitation Services at Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, Ga. U.S. News & World Report named the 530-bed tertiary medical facility one of the top hospitals for respiratory disorders. Although Memorial Health Center is larger and far more renowned than Schneider Regional, Miller could not resist the opportunity he was offered at Schneider: the chance to run his own organization, reporting to a board of directors.
He has managed to convince those who were apprehensive about his ability to perform the job because of his age. While he has no immediate plans to leave the Virgin Islands, Miller has loftier goals. “[I’d like] to develop, construct and finance hospitals throughout the continent of Africa,” he says.