The Philadelphia Inquirer headline jumped off the page and smacked The Curmudgeon right in the face:
Prime Healthcare hires female CEO for Lower Bucks Hospital
Prime Healthcare is a small chain of hospitals that recently purchased Lower Bucks Hospital, which is located just outside Philadelphia.
But that headline.
It really struck The Curmudgeon as inappropriate. After all, there are plenty of female hospital CEOs – 18 percent of all hospital CEOs are apparently women, according to a recent report. That’s not a lot, and probably not enough, but is the hiring of a woman to run a hospital such a big deal that it cries out to be announced in a headline?
After all, you wouldn’t expect to see a headline that reads
Hospital hires Black CEO
Hospital hires Mexican CEO
Hospital hires gay CEO
Or would you?
Is the hiring of a woman to run a hospital such a big deal that it needs to be announced to the world in such a manner?
The Curmudgeon thinks not. Or maybe he just hopes not – and hopes that hope is not just wishful thinking.