Hiram Seth Whitmer
Born in Arizona and raised in a large family, I now enjoy a large family of my own. My wife and five children mean the world to me! I have lived in many states and visited many more. I love the outdoors and I love food (the latter, perhaps too much).
From my youth I learned how to work hard from my Dad, as well as how to love and respect others. I have a bachelor’s degree in health administration services, and a Master of Health Administration. I am also a licensed Healthcare Facility Administrator (nursing home administrator). I am a veteran of the United States Air Force.
I love healthcare and the dynamics involved to provide transformational care to the communities I live in. In general, I love people. I love learning about others, and I love to lift them and help them to become better.
My role as the executive is to lead. As a leader I am focused on creating a culture and vision. I am responsible for mentoring and teaching my executive team who then in turn does the same for their teams. I am a man of integrity and honesty. While I certainly make mistakes, I view every moment as an opportunity to improve myself. I trust others to fulfill their work and strive understand the motivating drivers behind each person in my team. Most importantly I am a husband and father of five beautiful children. As is the case with being a father, I believe that leadership is a calling of love and compassion.
Articles by Seth Whitmer
Trust: “I believe in trusting. Trust begets trust. Suspicion is foetid and only stinks. He who trusts has never yet lost in the world.” — Mahatma Gandhi Trust is one of those words that has come to have a lot of meaning to me. I often hear people use it very casually, without giving much thought. I also hear people use it putting much emphasis behind it, as a critical element in relationships.
Gratitude- A message to my staff: Some of you may remember that I have talked about gratitude in the past. While I certainly don’t have all the answers, I have found this principle of gratitude to be one of them. I would like to focus on it again today. Cicero said, “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” I am convinced that from gratitude springs forth compassion and forgiveness. I believe they follow in that order. If I may, I would like to share with you a personal story to illustrate this.
How do you define honesty?: A question I love to ask when interviewing candidates for a job is, how do you define honesty and how do you live it? Typically I get a response of, “telling the truth.” That’s it, nothing more… In full transparency, its not a trick question, I really want to know what it means to them. Often my hiring teams will ask me why I ask this question. The answer to that question and what honesty means to me, is what I hope to layout in this essay.
Leadership and Culture: Several years ago, I heard about Professor Kim Cameron, from the University of Michigan, and how he taught the concept of positive leadership and its heliotropic effect. He explained: “This refers to the tendency in all living systems toward positive energy [light] and away from negative energy [darkness].
Great Leadership and Failure, why it’s essential: We try to hide it and don’t ever want to talk about it. In job interviews we shun it and look down upon it. People associated with it are lessor’s and undesirables. Yet, it is an essential and inevitable experience every leader must have. Failure, it’s what makes us a great leader!
Passion : For those that know me, words carry a lot of power. They define behavior and thought. In this light I hope to share my thoughts on a very important word, passion. I hope those that read this will find this thought provoking and helpful. The modern use of the word passion, has little to do with its root or original meaning. This change in meaning and its use in our modern world has caused some reflection on my part for the last two decades. It is something that I have discovered to be undesirable in its modern use.
The Growing Need for Healthcare as The Population Continues to Rise: Healthcare in question has always been a pressing issue in the minds of everyone around the world. The concept of personal health is an instinctive priority: No one would prefer to be unwell if they were given the choice. History has taken the concept of healthcare from an extremely localized and ungoverned body to an intricate system that both spans an entire country as well as being overseen by it.
3 Changes to the Healthcare System as the Population Ages: Several years ago, I heard about By the year 2030, an estimated 78 million residents in the U.S will be age 65 or older — marking for the first time in history that the number of seniors will surge past the number of children under 18 (estimated 76.7 million). And even now, the aging population has already begun to make landfall in the U.S. as evidenced by the age dependency ratio, which measures the ratio of older dependents to the working-aged population. In 2018, the ratio was 24.16, while in 1965 it was just 15.65.
Parenting in the Digital Age and Limiting Technology Use: Parenting in the 21st century is drastically diﬀerent, and it’s all thanks to the widespread accessibility of smartphones and tablets. Whereas even just 20 years ago you might have had a single family-shared computer, now there are a multitude of devices which have internet access in the average home. Being able to watch shows, play, and communicate with others is now more convenient than ever, but it’s no secret that this convenience can become an addiction; this is doubly true in the case of impressionable children.