Meet the Waxahachie Director: Obinna Ononobi, MBA, MHA
Introducing the Waxahachie Director of Operations and Development of Altus Emergency Center
On Tuesday, April 4th, 2017, Altus Emergency Center Waxahachie, the newest addition to the Altus Emergency family went operational. Under the leadership of Obinna “Obi” Onnonobi, the Waxahachie Director of Operations and Development, this high quality 24/7 Freestanding Emergency Center has blossomed into an important asset to the Waxahachie community.
As many will imagine, coming into a new community can be a major challenge, which is why Kevin Herrington, President of Altus Emergency Centers, knew that Obi was the right person for the job.
Everyone loves Obi…We can place him anywhere and he will get the job done. – Kevin Herrington
Obinna Ononobi and his staff have won over the hearts of the Waxahachie community with his great sense of initiative, leadership, commitment and solid values. We invite everyone to get to know the man behind the kind smile. Meet the Waxahachie Director is dedicated to the amazing leadership behind Altus ER, they are the pillars of the Altus Emergency Centers.
Studies, Career & Personal Life
A Broad Spectrum of Knowledge & Experience
Obinna Ononobi, the Waxahachie Director of Operations and Development, obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a focus on Finance and Marketing from Abilene Christian University before obtaining dual degrees, Master’s in Business Administration and Healthcare Administration at Dallas Baptist University. Obi played football back in college and has definitely maintained his team player mentality over the years.
During his internship, Obinna received ample hands on experience with research and applied knowledge that helped prepare him for his role as the Waxahachie Director. Obi was selected for a residency program in Connecticut with Connecticut Hospital Association (CHA). During this period he was involved in a Connecticut Public Health Strategic Analysis Project, whose purpose was to shape future public health policy, resource allocations, as well as identification of areas in need of improvement. This 140-page Statewide Health Profile was created for distribution to all member hospitals, state and local public health departments, policy makers, FQHC, professional associations and other stakeholders. The document served as the authoritative template for member hospitals, local health departments in their own analysis of health indicators; aligned with HHS Healthy People 2020 initiative as a part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
The future director of Waxahachie also lead the analysis of Emergency Department (ED) utilization for dental care in Connecticut to provide perspectives on geographic and social economic utilization of emergency and preventative care at hospital EDs. The project created a benchmark and guidelines for policy making to effect change in reimbursement, access, and specific program developed to a high-risk population. This report was a joint project between the Connecticut Hospital Association and the Connecticut Department of Public Health; published Spring 2013.
After his residency at CHA and working as a consultant thereafter, Obinna initiated with Altus Health under the Executive Fellowship Program under the mentorship of Kevin Herrington, who currently is the President of Altus Emergency Centers and Executive Vice President of Development – Healthcare Division ZT Wealth and ACHE Fellow. After having completed the rigorous Fellowship Program, a Healthcare Executive Development program to create well-rounded Altus Professionals, Obinna was placed in the leadership role of managing both operations and marketing for Altus Emergency Lake Jackson before elevating to a position in the development of all Altus Emergency Centers. Currently, Obi is the Waxahachie Director of Operations and Development.
Recipient of the Forty Under 40 Award
Obinna Ononobi was honored to recently receive the “40-Under-40” Award for his superlative role as the Waxahachie Director. This new awards program created by the Waxahachie Daily Light and Midlothian Mirror highlights “40 young professionals who demonstrate excellence in the workplace, classroom, community or organization.”
“The staff and I are very proud of Obi and all his accomplishments, he is truly a great person to work for and always puts others before himself. He very deserving of this award.” – Christia Malonga.
Obi was selected to receive the award this year along with other 40 elite professionals who were selected as the “best and brightest young leaders in Ellis County.”
MEET THE WAXAHACHIE DIRECTOR
The Family Man
Obinna Ononobi was born in Lagos, Nigeria. After having become the recipient of a visa lottery, he immigrated to the United States at seven years of age. As a young child, Obinna and his family settled into the Dallas-Ft. Worth area where he grew up. Obi’s hobbies include: sports, working out, reading and traveling. The Waxahachie Director cherishes spending quality time with his family as well as being proactively involved in community service activities with local churches.
An Interview With Obi
We were happy to have the opportunity to chat with Obinna to get to know the man behind the kind smile. The following are some highlights of our interview with Obi.
Q: “Why did you decide to go into healthcare administration?”
“After my second trip to Haiti and seeing how healthcare was just for the rich, I decided the healthcare route was the right career path to follow. This gave me an avenue not to only help people, but also enter a challenging career path.”
I like to be challenged. – Obi
Q: “What or who has been your biggest influence or your mentor?”
“My biggest influences have been my parents. They really set a firm foundation for the person I am today. A foundation that has taken me this far in my career.”
Q: “What would you consider are your biggest accomplishments?”
“I’m the first person to go to business school in my family. I’m also proud of having received the Ellis County 40 under 40 Executives Award.”
Q: “What do you love most about working with Altus ER?”
“I like that Altus is not like any other Healthcare System, they stay ahead of the game. I love that I can be involved in many different aspects of healthcare and not tied down to just one area. This opens the door to a lot of opportunities.
Altus creates opportunities. – Obi
Q: “Who is the Waxahachie Director at Home?”
“I live in the Dallas, Ft. Worth area. I love being so close to my family. I haven’t lived this close to my family in like 8 years.
I am a Christian first, a husband second, and a Healthcare Executive third. – Obi
“I love Jesus! I love attending church as well. Also, I am a newlywed! We’ve been married for less than 3 months. The emergency room runs on both sides. My wife is an ER nurse at Parkland Hospital in Dallas.”
I run a healthcare facility for work, but at home, I am just an assistant. lol. – Obi