Dawit Tesfasilassie, 33, assistant administrator for Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital, is one of North Bay Business Journal's Forty Under 40 notable young professionals for 2019.
Notable quote: "I am blessed to be in the professional position I am in, so I try and find ways to give back to my community."
Single most important event in your professional life in the last 12 months: Receiving Sutter approval for our expansion project. We are excited to get the added patient beds.
Greatest professional challenge: As a hospital, we are consistently at full capacity, which adds additional challenges on a daily basis.
Best advice received?: Keep it simple. It takes a lot of thought and effort to take a complex problem and simplify it.
Mentor/admired businessperson: Mike Purvis. He has an incredible ability to think through problems and consider the bigger-picture implications. He has been very supportive of my development as a leader.
Buzzword from your industry you hate the most: Health care has its own language, which at times is very complicated. Even with that, I am not sure anything comes to mind I dislike.
What does your mom or dad brag most about you?: My parents are happy with my siblings and me. As a family of immigrants, my parents have worked hard to give us opportunities to succeed in America.
Forty Under 40 winner
Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital
30 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa 95403