Dana Habers — Chief Executive Officer for University Physicians in Jackson — has been named the Mississippi Business Journal 2012 Business Woman of the Year.
The announcement was made in front of a standing-room only crowd at the Hilton Hotel in Jackson.
As CEO of one of the largest hospitals in the state, Dana E. Habers supervises 260 employees in an organization that includes 21 clinical locations, 120,000 clinic visits annually, and more than 600 physicians and physician extenders who each carry clinical, research and educational duties.
Habers oversees an annual budget of about $45 million for University Physicians, PLLC, the faculty practice plan for the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
“She is an extremely bright and accomplished executive who gives her all to her work,” said Scott P. Stringer, M.D., M.S., President, University of Mississippi Health Care. “She is a leader among her peers and, despite the many challenges we face in health care, Dana adapts quickly and inspires others in her midst to press on and conquer.”
She has already made significant contributions here in Mississippi, and genuinely cares about he well being of our patients and their families, said Keith Gran, CPA, MDA, CEO of University Physicians. “She is open, honest and has made a huge contribution to the success of the medical center,” Gran said.
Habers has high standards for both herself and the individuals she works with, and works to find ways to individually motivate the best from each of her staff.
“I believe, first and foremost, that I bring a sense of warmth to my areas of work,” Habers said. “I bring a savvy business sense, considerate and methodical decision making, and creativity in how we achieve great things as a team despite the many challenges we face in health care.”
She believes communication is key to her success.
“I not only listen and receive information that I am then able to apply in my day-to-day life, but also in outbound communication and effectively conveying important messages,” Habers said. “A second important trait is something I learned from my father, who has worked for Kellogg’s cereal company his entire life and now raises Angus beef cattle on a rural patch of land in southwest Michigan: dedication and an unbreakable work ethic. I learned from him that nothing in life of any value comes easily, and that life’s achievements are only rewarding if you’ve worked hard to attain them. I believe in simplicity and honesty, and good old fashioned hard work.”
Habers, who has a Masters in Public Health, University of North Carolina, is married to Andrew Habers, and is the proud mother of Isaac, who is seven months old.
“He is my most cherished accomplishment since moving to Mississippi,” she said. “Being a working executive mother is challenging, but every moment I am able to spend with him is more rewarding than I can describe. While this is not unique, and many women do it every day, I take great pride in finding a balance between the two.”
Volunteer work includes work for the animal adoption group C.A.R.E. She runs each year in the Race for the Cure, as a participant in honor of her Grandma Kile.
More on Habers
>> Name: Dana E. Habers
>> Birthplace: Battle Creek MI
>> Business/Organization: University Physicians, PLLC
>> City: Jackson
>> Present Position: Chief Operating Officer
>> Family / hobbies: Married to Andrew Habers, Dana and her husband are the proud parents of son Isaac. In her leisure time, she enjoys biking, hiking and vacationing at the beach.