Traci d’Auguste: Leadership Lessons from a COVID Command Center
Traci Spray d’Auguste started as COO of UF Health Shands in December 2019, with responsibility for the operations of the academic health system’s Gainesville, Florida hospitals and programs. Three months later the COVID-19 pandemic hit, redirecting much of her work. d’Auguste helped launch the organization’s COVID command center and found herself getting to know colleagues much more quickly than she anticipated, whether huddling in person or virtually each day.
“I wouldn’t wish the pandemic on anyone,” she says, “but I’ve learned more about this organization, its people, and the way we operate in a much faster time frame than I ever could have under normal circumstances.” In this profile, d’Auguste considers the challenges, and rewards, of learning a new job amid a global pandemic.