30 in Their Thirties: Brad Lukas // 30

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Brad Lukas // 30

Director, Emergency Services // Beaumont Health, Troy // Employees: 35,000 employees // Revenue: NA

Wayne State University, Baker College, Western Governors University

Some of Brad Lukas’ earliest memories of health care include how attentive a nursing staff was to his mother, who was gravely ill when he was around 7 years old. Although Lukas, who works as the director of the emergency services at Beaumont Health in Troy, says he didn’t understand everything that was going on at the time, the diligence of the staff left an impression. “If you put yourself in that perspective of how would I want my mom to be treated, or my family, I think you’ll be successful in health care,” he says. Having worked as a staff RN, nurse clinician, associate nurse manager, and administrative manager for Beaumont, Lukas has advanced through the hospital’s ranks. His daily schedule ranges from attending board meetings to ensuring the department is meeting quality standards, along with helping out on the floor. “I didn’t go into administration to wear a suit and tie and sit at a desk,” says Lukas, who wears scrubs to work. “I went into administration to make a difference and revolutionize health care.”

Lukas first recognized his entrepreneurial sprit while working at his family’s restaurant in Rochester. It was there that he learned the importance of working as a team and treating every day like a job interview. He says that work ethic — along with mentorship from Nancy Susick, president of Beaumont Hospital Troy, joining leadership groups such as the Detroit Economic Club, and furthering his education — have helped him immensely. “You have to put the work in,” Lukas says. “If I didn’t wake up in the morning … hungry to achieve the things I want to achieve, it’s not going to get done.”  

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