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2014 40 Under 40 Honoree: Scott Rothrock

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Cancer survivor Scott Rothrock’s strength of character shows through his work.

A continuous quality improvement manager for CoxHealth since June 2013, Rothrock trains and educates upper- and mid-level administrative and clinical leaders on how to improve processes and daily management methodologies.

He brings to the health system experience as a process engineering manager for Bass Pro Shops’ Tracker Marine Group, manager at Reckitt Benckiser and distribution supervisor for UPS.

At Tracker Marine, Rothrock was involved in a corporate-sponsored process improvement initiative that initially faced resistance from staff. But he worked to show the benefit the process had for other businesses, and why it would work for them.

“Once the process was implemented, much of the hourly staff began to see the benefits. We were more productive, more ergonomic and a more united team since we drew from the experience of the staff in making operational changes,” Rothrock says. “The leadership in this example is displayed in educating resistance and trialing changes in an unbiased approach, making decisions based on data, not opinions – leadership through quantitative data, leadership in defending a position despite opposition from multiple angles and leadership in transparency.”

Rothrock says his proudest accomplishment is a personal feat that also aided his community.

Diagnosed with cancer 11 months earlier, Rothrock became the largest individual fundraiser for American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life in 2000. He says the condition and subsequent response from his friends and family, who made most of the contributions, was affirming.

“It was a proud community accomplishment to fight a challenging disease, survive and positively apply the experience toward helping raise money to support and encourage others,” Rothrock says.

He also has been an active volunteer for Ronald McDonald House Charities, helping recycle soda tabs and clean guests rooms; continued to participate in Relay For Life, coordinating teams from work and school; participated in KTTS’ Country Cares radiothon for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital telling his story to help raise money for the organization; and served as a big brother for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks for about seven years. His little brother, Rothrock says, is now in college and helping the community in his own ways.[[In-content Ad]]


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