As president and CEO of CHRISTUS Health, Ernie Sadau leads day-to-day operations for the company. He also guides the development of programs to improve quality and clinical integration and prepare the organization for the future. Sadau has more than 25 years of experience in healthcare operations and finance. During his tenure at CHRISTUS, he has led the consolidation of the organization’s non-acute entities, developed an algorithm process for continuous evaluation of operational and strategic success, and implemented new regional structure and accountability to stabilize operations and improve financial performance.

Take Action on Medicaid Expansion

Our country is facing a health care crisis, and we are going to need everyone’s help to find the best solution. As Steve Love mentioned in his recent article, a bipartisan, cooperative approach for Medicaid expansion could prove beneficial in addressing our considerable numbers of uninsured Texas residents. CHRISTUS Health alone spends more than $140,000 each day treating the uninsured, providing more uncompensated care than any other nonprofit hospital system in the state. Expanding Medicaid would provide health care coverage to an additional 1.5 million Texans, and, according to a recent study, it would create 231,000 jobs in Texas. While opting… Full Story

Five Tips for Emergency Preparedness

Months after Hurricane Sandy’s landfall, the East coast continues rebuilding efforts today to recover from the destruction caused by the storm. The experiences of healthcare providers in Sandy’s path serve as an important reminder that it is never too early to pause and re-examine our emergency preparedness and response plans. With several of our hospitals located off the Gulf of Mexico in areas where hurricanes and the threat of severe weather are a common occurrence, CHRISTUS Health has gained a great deal of hands-on experience with emergency management in storms, such as Hurricanes Ike and Rita. While I know a… Full Story

Finding Balance through Leadership

We live in one of the nation’s most active cities for business, and we work in an industry that is constantly evolving. As health care providers, we also tend to want to do everything and be all things to all people, regardless of the market or circumstances. As we continue through health care reform, there is a delicate balance our industry must achieve through focusing on matters of most importance, knowing each other’s strengthens and seeking opportunities for partnership to better meet the needs of those we serve. But how do we get there? In order to strengthen our industry… Full Story