Going the Distance

Going the Distance

In marathons, there are start lines, defined courses, and end points all set in place by race officials. In healthcare, the direction and boundaries are not as clearly defined, which is why our clients partner with us. As our advisor, Claude Younger, would say, “we establish the finish line” for our clients, acting as course support, especially when things don’t go as planned, to ensure their end goals are met. “As we face adversity, we have to adapt,” Claude added. A philosophy he carries in his professional life as well as personally.

A decade ago, in order to lead a more healthy lifestyle, Claude hit the ground running and made it his mission to complete a marathon in all 50 states plus Washington, D.C. Forty-four successful marathons later, Claude faced a major roadblock. When his home was devastated by flood waters, he sustained a serious infection requiring hospitalization. Because of his healthy choices and surrounded by his supportive family, Claude was able to make a speedy and full recovery, surpassing the expectations of his doctors, and completed the Marine Corps Marathon a mere six weeks after being released from care. But Claude had to adjust his course to finish his 51 marathon goal by completing his final six races as half marathons.

Through client engagements across the country, Claude goes the distance to help our clients drive successful results. His personal adaptation in the face of adversity not only inspires those around him, but demonstrates the importance of perseverance, changing course, and being surrounded by a supportive team to get to the end goal. “I’ve seen first hand the importance of our work to improve healthcare delivery and how it ultimately affected my own outcome,” Claude said.