Grant Geiger, founder and CEO, EIR Healthcare
Geiger, 30, started his healthcare career by first working for Siemens Healthcare and later for Cerner Corp., developing products and services for the healthcare information technology industry. At Siemens Healthcare, he became the youngest director in the company and led a project management team that oversaw a $23 million a year capital budget and worked on $100 million in projects.
Geiger started EIR Healthcare in 2016 to continue his father’s legacy of engineering and design. EIR creates modular healthcare rooms that decrease construction time by 30% to 50% and money spent by 30% compared to traditional construction when building hospitals. These pre-fabricated hospital rooms are delivered to a healthcare facility. Called MedModular, the product is the first of its kind to link industrial engineering, ship building, and hospital construction. Rooms are inserted into a building and are already wired for electric, HVAC, and plumbing—creating a plug-and-play solution.
MHE: Why did you choose your profession?
Geiger: I always felt like my profession chose me. I graduated from Drexel University and participated in its co-op program, which allowed me to gain real-world work experience while in school. Since then, I’ve always worked in healthcare. It’s the best way to have a positive influence on society.
MHE: What has been your biggest learning experience?
Geiger: My biggest learning experience, which has been reaffirmed time and again, is at the end of the day, the people in our industry do care about human life. We want to improve outcomes for everyone. This has taught me compassion and knowledge of the human experience. So many people struggle daily with health issues. Our industry is continuously searching for ways to improve the patient experience.
MHE: What change would you like to see in healthcare in the next 10 years?
Geiger: I would like to see the introduction of the next generation of healthcare leadership and thinking. These leaders will push the tipping point within life science, pharma, information technology, and infrastructure. If we are able to introduce significant changes within healthcare, simultaneously we will usher in innovation in the delivery of care that hasn’t been seen in almost 100 years.
MHE: If you could sit down to dinner with anyone involved in healthcare, who would it be?
Geiger: Florence Nightingale—simply because I would love the opportunity to have a current conversation with someone who had such a grand vision. Her ideas and concepts around care for patients, medical statistics, and training standards ushered in a major revolution in care in the 19th century. Perhaps even now she would have ideas and suggestions on opportunities for reform today.