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2014 Men of the Year Honoree: David Taylor

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People may not recognize David Taylor, but they’ve seen evidence of his work passing The Clinic at Walmart at one of the five area locations. Operated by CoxHealth, the walk-in clinics treat minor injuries and illnesses, and Taylor played a big role in bringing them to the Ozarks.

The vice president of regional services at CoxHealth has spent his career in health administration after earning his undergraduate degree in economics from Indiana University and a master’s degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He started as the administrative manager for a medical group in Detroit, where he managed a multispecialty ambulatory care facility offering primary and emergency care and ancillary services.

After 10 years, Taylor moved to Wisconsin, where he oversaw the direction of a nine-clinic group. Four years later, in 2001, he relocated to Springfield as the director of operations of regional services for CoxHealth.

This initial position put Taylor in charge of direction and oversight for 17 clinic locations, 65 physicians and mid-level providers and a support staff of 220. Additionally, he was responsible for physician billing services of more than $75 million in gross revenue.

In 2005, Taylor moved into his current role with CoxHealth, where he serves as senior executive over the system’s integrated medical group. He oversees 80 clinic locations and nearly 1,000 doctors, mid-level providers and support staff with more than $175 million in gross revenue.

Taylor strives to be a resource to colleagues and to add value to his organization.

“I would like to think that if I have been involved with something, others around me would tell you I left it better than I found it,” he says. “Depending on the organization, this might be viewed as growth, a stronger financial position, more infrastructure and better metrics to monitor performance.”

Taylor finds leading by example a tried-and-true way to demonstrate leadership and encourage others to do the same.

 “I get involved and commit to whatever is needed,” he says. “I find it very hard to sit and watch and would much rather be doing something or be part of the action.”

Sharing his experience with junior staff is part of the job. Taylor is involved with CoxHealth’s group for young professionals that pairs employees with more senior leaders.

“This helps to establish a mentor relationship, and we are able to learn from each other,” he says. “A couple of people I have worked with in the past have just taken new roles within our organization. Hopefully, I provided some insight and help.”

Taylor has sat on the board of the Medical Group Management Association, the leading organization for medical practice administrators and executives that represents more than 33,000 members in all 50 states.

Early in his career, Taylor joined the local club of Optimist International, where he was president. He stayed with Optimist when he moved to Wisconsin, where he also served the United Way and chamber of commerce.

In Springfield, Taylor has sat on the board, including as its chair, of Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Ozarks. He also has served the Tooth Truck’s board.

“These fit with my position in health care and were charities I thought I could help,” he says. “What a wonderful honor and a tremendous organization. RHMC has become my family’s adopted charity.”[[In-content Ad]]

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