Meet our COO, Petra Platzer, who started her healthcare career as a cancer researcher over 20 years ago. During her research years, she studied how the internal signaling in our cells create healthy – and unhealthy – results in organ systems, like the colon. In her later leadership roles at the Cleveland Clinic, she translated this “signaling” approach into facilitating highly engaged employees and high performing teams in her institute, and then others.
This work ignited her underlying passion to help healthcare leaders and systems create their own “healthy” signaling. In 2010 she left research to work as an executive coach and a team facilitator in the healthcare and academic settings. Petra’s holistic approach to improving our health also led her to becoming the Program Director of Georgetown’s Health and Wellness coaching certification program, as a complementary means to empower people wanting to directly create health behavior changes.
Petra’s commitment to partnering with individuals and teams to unlock new thinking and create courageous steps forward are fundamental elements in each SixSEED “seed”, or service offering, including individual and team leadership, culture change initiatives and well-being. Her own knowledge and experience of the inter-relatedness of these seeds is what propelled her to be a founding partner of SSP, where she feels energized by working with the team of like-minded colleagues focused on the same mission. Together, she hopes SixSEED can continue improving the signaling within healthcare systems to support the continuous well-being of all the people delivering, and receiving, quality and value-based care.
Outside of her work, Petra loves playing soccer, running races, traveling, taking photos in nature and spending quality time with her husband, family and friends.