7 Questions with Chris Candela President and CEO McLaren Flint


Q: When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A: I’ve always had a calling to public service to some degree. Growing up, I wanted to be a police officer. Ultimately, I ended up in health care where I can continue to fulfill my dream of service to the community.

Q: What was your very first job?

A: I was a busboy at a Greek restaurant.

Q: What’s one work-related thing you want to accomplish in the next year?

A: I want to continue McLaren’s commitment to constant improvements in the quality of care we provide to our patients and the community, and patient and team member safety.

Q: What do you do to keep fit?

A: I work out six days a week using weights 4-5 and doing cardio 1-2.

Q: What is one of your pet peeves?

A: Procrastination! I want positive changes to happen quickly, which leads me to constantly push myself and my team to keep momentum.

Q: What is your definition of success?

A: Success means being able to do something you love that contributes to the betterment of others.

Q: What’s your most prized possession and why?

A: My family is the pride and joy of my life. They are an integral support system and every day, I acknowledge that I’m blessed to have each of them.


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