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40 Under 40: Faraaz Yousuf

December 02, 2011

Faraaz Yousuf, COO, Good Samaritan Hospital, is one of this year's Silicon Valley Journal 40 Under 40 honorees.

At 35, Yousuf handles a smorgasbord of responsibility at Good Samaritan Hospital. In addition to overseeing the $35 million addition that will add a neuroscience ICU and new nursing unit to the San Jose hospital, Yousuf also handles its day-to-day activities. That includes surgical, emergency, rehab and out-patient services, as well as patient safety and outcomes, new technologies, and accreditation adherence. Before joining Good Sam in 2010, he was director of planning for the Western Group of HCA. Between the ages of 25 and 30, he oversaw $2.5 billion in development in this role. He also worked in New Orleans to re-establish health care services after Hurricane Katrina, and was part of a team that provided support to a community hospital near the Pentagon after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Education: BS in psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University; Master of Healthcare Administration, Virginia Commonwealth University.

Marital status/family: Married with two children, a 5-year-old daughter and a 2-year-old son.

First website you check each day: MSNBC and Modern Healthcare.

After hours, where would we find you? At home with the family making progress with picky eaters and trying to get my son to go to bed at a decent time.

Something about you that would surprise others: San Jose is the 13th city where I have lived.

If you weren't in your career, what would you be doing? I would be traveling to exotic parts of the world, writing about my experiences in a travel publication and trying to get my son to go to bed at a decent time.

What accessory are you never without? I am never without a watch.

Any hobbies? I enjoy collecting watches and understanding their mechanical complexity. I believe watches are pieces of functional art.

Quote/philosophy that defines you: I have always felt it vitally important in my life and career to follow my instinct and my heart. I recently read a quote by Steve Jobs that best encompasses this: "Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else's life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living the result of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinion drown your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary."

Biggest achievement thus far: Professionally, my biggest achievement thus far is having the honor and privilege of being the COO of Good Samaritan Hospital. Personally, it has been having the privilege of being a father to two wonderful children and a husband to a lovely wife.

Biggest whoops thus far: Shortly after I began at another hospital, we were visited by our company's board. I was paired with another member of the executive team to take a small group of board members — including the company's founder — on a tour of the hospital, which was rather large. You can see this coming: I became separated from my teammate and, very briefly, got my group lost.

Best compliment you've ever received: The best compliment I have ever received is that I was told by a colleague that a person who reported to me said that I was a fair and equitable leader with the highest level of integrity and that I was one of the best leaders that individual has worked with. This came from an individual who was a very mature and seasoned leader who I had a tremendous amount of respect for, so I was very honored to have received the compliment.

Your ultimate career goal: Is to be in a position to continue to be an effective and relevant leader that can positively impact a community by leading a hospital to meet the needs of the community. I would also like to be in a position to develop talent and mentor young leaders to help them grow and excel in their own careers.

Come next year, we'll find you: Still working at Good Samaritan Hospital, still trying to grow as a professional and a person, and still trying to get my son to go to bed at a decent time.

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