Paul Eckel sought after a calling and direction for his life work that would blend his strong interests in business administration with his compassionate concern for the poor and those in need. The profession of Healthcare Administration is an opportunity to pursue both of these passions. In 1972 he graduated from the interdisciplinary Masters Degree program in Hospital Administration at Duke University
Upon graduation he became a commissioned officer in the US Public Health Service. For over six years he was involved in various programs, including physician recruitment and services committed to providing new health care services to communities in need.
In 1978, Mr. Eckel joined a Duke University classmate to further develop Health Care Concepts Inc. HCC is a full service health caremanagement consulting firm providing facility planning, strategic planning, and contract management services to hospitals and physician group practices. In 1988, Mr. Eckel started his own firm to provide a full range of business and management advisory services to healthcare professionals and related organizations.In 1976, he joined the faculty of the UNC School of Medicine and taught business and management to Family Practice physicians.
With over 35 years of professional experience, he has a sharp and intelligent instinct, and an ability to see clearly the bottom line. Wherever he works, he brings three major strengths to the table: clear strategic thinking, the ability to build high trust relationships, and a high level of morality and ethics. Also, he sees the difference between what is desired and what is needed. From this perspective, he recommends and implements effective management strategies. Mr. Eckel is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. He is an author, speaker, teacher, consultant, and consumer advocate.