Nkem Okeke (Dr. Nkem) is an award-winning kaizen entrepreneur, physician executive, and transformation coach with a successful career spanning over two decades. Currently, through her firm, Medicalincs, Dr. Nkem and her team advise and support healthcare leaders and organizations on strategic solutions to enhance go-to-market/implementation framework strategy, improve operational efficiencies and outcomes, and increase revenue volume/revenue streams by connecting market opportunities.
Dr. Nkem’s broad experience in work and life (spanning healthcare to business to IT to culture and beyond) brings a unique 360 degree value-add perspective, and tailored toolkit to help clients at any growth/ improvement stage succeed. Over the years, she has delivered multi-million-dollar cost savings and improved population health outcomes for thousands of lives. She has held several leadership positions notably at Kaiser Permanente, Booz Allen Hamilton, & Johns Hopkins. She is also the founder of three other companies - Healthlincs, Cordinnate, and Consociator.
She currently serves on a number of boards and advisory councils namely as:
• a senior advisor to the CEO at Priority Partners (Johns Hopkins Healthcare) on board priorities; • a board member of Lasell Village;
• a board member of Black Women's Health Imperative,
• a member of the Forbes Business Council;
• an advisory council member of Women Business Collaborative and Enterprising Women, and
• a Maryland Health Care Commission Advisory Council member on Primary Care Transformation (appointed by the Maryland Secretary of Health).
Dr. Nkem is also a recipient of 2 global awards - the 2021 Enterprising Woman of the Year Award, and 2022 S.H.E Awards Top Ladies in Business.
Dr. Nkem obtained her Medical degree from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nigeria, and completed her training at KorleBu Teaching Hospital, Ghana as a Family (General) Practice Physician. She also obtained triple-master’s degrees in business administration, Project Management (George Washington University, DC); and Public Health (Tulane University, LA). She completed her fellowship in Clinical Data Analytics, at Johns Hopkins University, MD. She is certified in Project Management (PMI), Lean Six Sigma (Johns Hopkins), and Change Management (Prosci).
She is a member of several associations including: Women Business Leaders Healthcare (WBL), Women President's Organization (WPO), The Maryland State Medical Society (MedChi), Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), Women Elevating Women (WEW), and Founding Member of CHIEF.
Besides drawing inspiration as a mother of 3 lovely daughters, her Core Values make her THICK and these are - Trust, Heart, Innovation, Commitment, and being Kaizen.
She is guided by a principle captured in a famous quote that states - "I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples". So Dr. Nkem considers herself a ripple maker and value generator.
Nkem Okeke Role: Chief Executive Officer & Founder, Medicalincs Experience: 20+ years Core Values: What makes me “THICK” – Trusted, Hearty, Innovative, Committed, & Kaizen
Sunday, February 20th for a Value Talk at 1pm EST. In this first episode of the Value 360 Series, I will be speaking with Dr. Angela Marshall Burnett about why it is important to focus on black health, the challenges with healthcare access & delivery, and the role of community health in black communities.
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