Faraaz Yousuf, COO, Good Samaritan Hospital, is one of this year's
Silicon Valley Journal
40 Under 40 honorees.
At 35, Yousuf handles a smorgasbord of responsibility at Good Samaritan
Hospital. In addition to overseeing the $35 million addition that will
add a neuroscience ICU and new nursing unit to the San Jose hospital,
Yousuf also handles its day-to-day activities. That includes surgical,
emergency, rehab and out-patient services, as well as patient safety and
outcomes, new technologies, and accreditation adherence. Before joining
Good Sam in 2010, he was director of planning for the Western Group of
HCA. Between the ages of 25 and 30, he oversaw $2.5 billion in development
in this role. He also worked in New Orleans to re-establish health care
services after Hurricane Katrina, and was part of a team that provided
support to a community hospital near the Pentagon after the Sept. 11 attacks.
Education: BS in psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University; Master of Healthcare
Administration, Virginia Commonwealth University.
Marital status/family: Married with two children, a 5-year-old daughter and a 2-year-old son.
First website you check each day: MSNBC and Modern Healthcare.
After hours, where would we find you? At home with the family making progress with picky eaters and trying to
get my son to go to bed at a decent time.
Something about you that would surprise others: San Jose is the 13th city where I have lived.
If you weren't in your career, what would you be doing? I would be traveling to exotic parts of the world, writing about my experiences
in a travel publication and trying to get my son to go to bed at a decent time.
What accessory are you never without? I am never without a watch.
Any hobbies? I enjoy collecting watches and understanding their mechanical complexity.
I believe watches are pieces of functional art.
Quote/philosophy that defines you: I have always felt it vitally important in my life and career to follow
my instinct and my heart. I recently read a quote by Steve Jobs that best
encompasses this: "Your time is limited, don’t waste it living
someone else's life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living
the result of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of
other's opinion drown your own inner voice. And most important, have
the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know
what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary."
Biggest achievement thus far: Professionally, my biggest achievement thus far is having the honor and
privilege of being the COO of Good Samaritan Hospital. Personally, it
has been having the privilege of being a father to two wonderful children
and a husband to a lovely wife.
Biggest whoops thus far: Shortly after I began at another hospital, we were visited by our company's
board. I was paired with another member of the executive team to take
a small group of board members — including the company's founder
— on a tour of the hospital, which was rather large. You can see
this coming: I became separated from my teammate and, very briefly, got
my group lost.
Best compliment you've ever received: The best compliment I have ever received is that I was told by a colleague
that a person who reported to me said that I was a fair and equitable
leader with the highest level of integrity and that I was one of the best
leaders that individual has worked with. This came from an individual
who was a very mature and seasoned leader who I had a tremendous amount
of respect for, so I was very honored to have received the compliment.
Your ultimate career goal: Is to be in a position to continue to be an effective and relevant leader
that can positively impact a community by leading a hospital to meet the
needs of the community. I would also like to be in a position to develop
talent and mentor young leaders to help them grow and excel in their own careers.
Come next year, we'll find you: Still working at Good Samaritan Hospital, still trying to grow as a professional
and a person, and still trying to get my son to go to bed at a decent time.