Eight years ago, I met Dr. Diana Han at a newly formed business coalition called the Greater Louisville Employer Health Advisory Committee. To my surprise and delight, Dr. Han was a primary care physician who was practicing advanced primary care, despite not having the infrastructure needed to provide whole-person care. And, she had the benchmark quality data to demonstrate that her processes were improving the prevention and management of chronic diseases. We were thrilled to find a local physician practicing patient-centered care at that time. After that initial introduction, the business coalition was absorbed by the KHC, and Dr. Han became the Global Medical Director for GE Appliances. We knew the KHC would benefit from her new role – but we didn’t realize truly how much our organization, and the community, would benefit from her passion, intelligence, and innovation.
While at GE Appliances, Dr. Han became a nationally sought-after speaker for her insight and vision for driving better health and healthcare within the workplace. She thinks about health and all of its complexities by addressing and optimizing systems that can drive better outcomes and quality of life for her workers and the business. Her passion for employee health and benefits made her a perfect fit to serve as the KHC Employer Co-Chairperson since 2017.
This month, Dr. Han left GE Appliances to pursue a new challenge and will no longer serve as Co-Chair of the KHC, although I’m sure she will continue to be a close friend to our organization and our efforts. We wish her the best in her new position and continue to root for her in all of her endeavors.
One of the most distinctive qualities about Dr. Han is her expectation that everyone receives equitable, exceptional (and I mean exceptional) care with optimal outcomes at an affordable price. It is this expectation for excellence that has helped the KHC advance its work to drive improvements to healthcare value and community health, especially around mental health and substance use disorder.
In addition to her knowledge and expertise, Dr. Han has played a key role in fundraising and is a passionate advocate for community collaboration. It cannot be overstated how much the KHC has grown in terms of scope of work, staffing, and fundraising with her as a Co-Chair over the last four years. Dr. Han has been a key visionary leader within the KHC, and I could not be more grateful for her partnership over the years. I have no doubt that she will make a big impact in her next role and that the KHC will continue to build on the legacy of her work to drive better health and healthcare in our community and state.