Co-Founder, Executive Vice President, and COO of United Physicians PC and Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of My1HIE LLC, both in Bingham Farms. DeLaura has served the health care industry for more than 25 years, including 10 years in hospital administration. After launching the St. John Medical Group Physician Organization in the 1990s, DeLaura was recruited to the Premier Physicians Network to establish the HMO company for United Physicians. DeLaura then worked with the board of directors to expand United Physicians, which now provides management services to more than 2,000 physician members. With a solid business foundation and through mergers and affiliations, United Physicians, PC, is today one of Michiganís largest physician organizations and has earned national recognition. My1HIE (My One Health Information Exchange) is a physician-driven organization that began with independent practicing physicians in Southeast Michigan, United Physicians, Olympia Medical Services, and Continuum Management as participating physician groups. The company recently was named Automation Alleyís 2009 emerging technology company of the year. My1HIE has expanded since its 2008 launch to include Huron Valley Physicians Association, Oakland Physicians Network Services, Detroit Medical Center, Huron Valley Physicians Association, Oakland Physician Network Services, and Crittenton Hospital and Medical Center. DeLauraís professional memberships include the American College of Healthcare Executives, Medical Group Management Association, and Michigan Association of Physician Organizations. Heís also an adjunct professor in Oakland Universityís executive MBA program. DeLaura received his bachelorís degree in biology from Western Michigan University, an MBA from the University of Detroit Mercy, and a post-masterís graduate certificate in health services (MHA equivalent) from George Washington University with a 12-month residency at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo.
WHERE BORN: "Detroit."
MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSONS: "Wow, this is hard. I have been most fortunate in having met so many unique and wonderful people. Besides my parents who taught me honesty, integrity, accountability, work ethics, and my sense of humor, I would have to say my son, Joseph, has had the biggest influence on my life. I am very proud of him and have learned so much from him."
LAST BOOK READ: "I am a book junkie. People are always giving me books. Iíve never met a book I didnít like. The last was Pursuit of Honor by Vince Flynn. Other notable books are Nassim Nicholas Talebís The Black Swan and Lee Iacoccaís Where Have All the Leaders Gone?Ē
WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME: "Decisive, entrepreneurial, caring, sense of humor, and passionate. Itís the Italian/Irish in me."
WHERE MY FIELD/INDUSTRY IS HEADED: "Unfortunately, the health care industry is in a state of crisis and headed into the perfect storm. The brain trusts, special interest groups, and self-serving politicians in Washington are not the answer. You do not need a 1,900-page piece of legislation to fix the problems of health care. There are more people living off health care than getting health care. This has to change. You can quote me on this."
FAVORITE TECHNOLOGICAL GADGET: "Not really a gadget, but my motorcycle. The engineering and technology is truly amazing. Itís 420 pounds, 64 horsepower, 10,000 RPMs, and 0 to 60 in four seconds."
FAVORITE PLACE: "I have three: London, England, itís just unbelievable; The Wynn in Las Vegas; and my backyard with my German Shepherd, Lydia."
FAVORITE HOBBIES: "Reading, tennis, riding my motorcycle, playing the guitar."
FAVORITE FOOD: "Barbeque."
MY HIDDEN TALENT: "I have two. Power naps. I learned transcendental meditation back in college. Now it is just power napping. I love the guitar. Unfortunately I am totally tone deaf and donít play real well. But you know we all canít be [Pink Floyd guitarist] David Gilmour."
HOW I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED: "Professionally, I would like to be remembered as a leader, someone who made a difference, strived for a better outcome, and challenged the status quo. Personally, besides being remembered as an awesome guitarist, which will never happen, I would like to be remembered as a person who was kind, caring, and fun, and a good friend, husband, and father."
At the annual awards reception in May 2015, one Leader & Innovator from the previous 12 months will be selected as the Leader & Innovator of the Year.