Josh Luke

About Josh Luke

Byline BIO: Author, speaker, futurist and healthcare expert Dr. Josh Luke is a USC professor who became a hospital CEO at age 32, and author of the new book Ex-Acute, A Former Hospital CEO tells all on What’s Wrong with American Healthcare / What every American needs to know. He energizes audiences to tackle changes of all kinds by keeping an eye on the future. For more information, visit www.JoshLuke.org.

Broadcast BIO: If you are concerned about the rising costs of healthcare and your family’s ability to get good care, you should stay tuned to hear our guest today. Dr. Josh Luke is a USC professor and former hospital CEO whose new book Ex-Acute tells all on what’s wrong with American healthcare and what we need to know. You can learn more at www.JoshLuke.org. Welcome, Dr. Luke. You were once a master’s trained marketing and PR professional in big league sports. What caused you to switch careers and get into healthcare administration 20 years ago?

Full BIO: Author, speaker, futurist and healthcare expert Dr. Josh Luke is a USC professor who became a hospital CEO at age 32, and author of the new book Ex-Acute, A Former Hospital CEO tells all on What’s Wrong with American Healthcare / What every American needs to know. He has been called “the Tony Robbins of healthcare” and “the best speaker out there teaching health systems how to prepare for the changes ahead.” An inspirational speaker and thought leader, he inspires leaders in all industries on how to prepare for the future. Peers describe him as an innovator, strategist and thought leader on population management, coordinated care, and readmission prevention as well as a "futurist" on the Affordable Care Act and how it will shape the continuum. His first book, “Re-admission Prevention: Solutions Across the Provider Continuum,” is the bestselling management series book of the year for the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Dr. Luke was inspired to change careers, and healthcare, by his personal experience starting two decades ago. He completed graduate school with a master’s degree in public relations and the dream of a career in sports marketing (his brother Matt Luke played major league baseball in the late 1990s). Newly married to his wife Martine, Luke was 26 when his agency was hired to handle marketing and public relations for Mark McGwire the year McGwire set the major league single-season home run record. Yet he felt unfulfilled in his sports marketing career. “I felt I wanted to make a bigger impact on the world around me,” he recounts. Around the same time he watched in frustration as his beloved grandmother, Belva Mae Riddle, received perfunctory and fragmented care as her health declined. At the time Dr. Luke was teaching night courses at a local university. One of his students asked him if he would be interested in working as director of marketing and admissions for a skilled nursing facility. He was hired by a reputable company that offered an administrator-in-training program to teach young professionals to become future healthcare leaders and operators. That was the beginning of a 20-year career that led to his role as a thought leader and inspirational speaker for change.

Dr. Luke worked for a decade as a hospital CEO and served as an administrator in skilled nursing, acute care, home healthcare and hospice care. He founded the National Readmission Prevention Collaborative in 2013 and the National Bundled Payment Collaborative in 2015, to showcase Best Practice integration models. He currently serves in an Editorial and Advisory Board capacity for several organizations including the Readmission News. Dr. Luke also designed the Total Wellness Torrance population management strategy working with the ACO, Bundled Payment & IPA teams while serving as Vice President, Post-Acute Services for Torrance Memorial Health System. TWT and its Post Acute Network received the 2013 Excellence in Programming award from CAHF. He serves as ​Chief Strategy Officer & Sr. Health Policy Consultant for Nelson Hardiman Law, NH Strategy & Compliagent.

His teaching experience includes Executive Faculty at the University of Southern California, Sol Price School of Public Policy, in the Healthcare Administration Department at Cal State Long Beach and also at Cal State Fullerton. He is a former Board member for the Hospital Association of Southern California and the California Hospital Association Center for Post-Acute Care. His education includes a Ph.D. from the Educational Leadership from the University of Nevada, a Master of Arts Degree in Communications from California State University, Fullerton, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications from Brigham Young University. His numerous awards include 2015 Best Selling Management Series Author of 2015, American College of Healthcare Executives Health Administration Press; 2015 International Hospital Federation (IHF) Excellence Award for Corporate Social Responsibility, 2nd Runner-Up; and 2015 Senior Care Hero Award Nominee, Outstanding Senior Care Professional, SeniorServe Orange County. Dr. Luke is a vocal advocate for seniors and people with Alzheimer’s disease (the affliction hit his mother and both grandmothers). He and his wife Martine have been married 18 years and live in Yorba Linda, Calif., with their three children. He has taught Sunday school and youth programs at his church, Yorba LInda Friends Church. For more information, visit www.JoshLuke.org.

For interview requests, contact Dr. Luke’s publicist Michelle Tennant Nicholson at (828) 749-3200 or Michelle@WasabiPublicity.com
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