Lloyd Dean is a nationally recognized leader within healthcare. As president and CEO of Dignity Health, he is responsible for the organization’s overall management, governance, strategy and direction. He has led Dignity Health through significant strategic, operational and financial transformations to its current status as a leading healthcare organization recognized for high quality, compassionate care, operational excellence and successful financial results.
Prior to joining Dignity Health, Mr. Dean was executive vice president and COO of Advocate Health Care, a healthcare delivery system in Oak Brook Illinois. During his tenure, Advocate Health Care was named one of the nation’s Top 100 Integrated networks by Modern Healthcare magazine. Prior to Advocate, Mr. Dean was with the Upjohn Company, where he held executive positions in the Health Care Services Division. He received the prestigious W.E. Upjohn Award for his management and operational excellence.
Currently, Mr. Dean serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for Cytori Therapeutics, a leader in regenerative medicine and adult stem cell research and Chair of the Board of Directors for Committee on Jobs, a business-sponsored organization that strives to ensure the long-term economic vitality of San Francisco. He is a member of the Boards of Directors of Wells Fargo, Mercy Housing California, Bay Area Council, and Catholic Health Association. A strong advocate for health care reform, he has been actively engaged with President Obama and the White House Cabinet on healthcare issues.
Mr. Dean holds degrees in sociology and education from Western Michigan University and received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from the University of San Francisco. In 2012 he was ranked number 23 in Modern Healthcare’s “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” and is consistently named as one of the “Top 25 Minority Leaders in Healthcare.” He was recently profiled by Fortune Magazine in its January 2013 issue.
Randy Oostra, President and Chief Executive Officer for ProMedica Health System (2009 – Present). Prior positions include President and Chief Operating Officer (2006 - 2009), Regional President (2002 – 2006), and Corporate Vice President, Strategic Business Development for ProMedica Health System (1998 – 2006); Executive Vice President, Saint Anthony’s Health System, Alton, Illinois (1994 – 1997); Vice President, Blodgett Memorial Medical Center, Grand Rapids, Michigan (1989 – 1994); Assistant Administrator, Health One Corporation, Minneapolis, Minnesota (1987 – 1989); and Consultant, LCM, Sioux Falls, South Dakota (1982 – 1987). Education: Doctorate in Management, Case Western Reserve University; Master’s degree in Health Care Administration from the University of Minnesota; Master’s degree in Management from the University of Wisconsin; and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Northwestern College, Orange City, Iowa. Professional Activities: Mr. Oostra is a member of American Hospital Association, Ohio Hospital Association, Bread for the World Development Committee, a fellow with American College of Healthcare Executives, and a Board Member of Regional Growth Partnership, Toledo Symphony, Toledo Art Museum, and American Hospital Association Regional Policy Board.
Steven Goldstein, CEO of Strong Memorial Hospital and Highland Hospital, both in Rochester, N.Y., holds a lot of responsibility in the Rochester hospital market, and he has been duly recognized by his peers for his insight. Steven Goldstein is CEO of Strong Memorial Hospital.In 2009, Mr. Goldstein became part of the American Hospital Association's 27-member board of trustees and was the only CEO of a New York state hospital to serve on the board. When the country was shaping healthcare reform, Mr. Goldstein and others were tasked with detailing efforts hospitals could undertake to achieve savings in the healthcare delivery system. Mr. Goldstein also serves as vice president for the University of Rochester (N.Y.) Medical Center and is president of URMC's long-term care division. Prior to joining Strong Memorial Hospital, he had various executive leadership roles at The Children's Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio, the University of Nebraska Hospitals and Clinics in Omaha and the Nebraska Psychiatric Institute.
As the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, Mr. Dowling oversees a healthcare network which delivers world-class clinical care throughout the New York metropolitan area, pioneering research at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and a visionary approach to medical education, highlighted by the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. North Shore-LIJ is the largest integrated healthcare system in New York State with total revenue of more than $6.7 billion.
With 16 hospitals and more than 270 ambulatory care centers throughout the region, North Shore-LIJ is the nation’s third-largest, non-profit secular health system with more than 6,000 beds and a total workforce of more than 44,000 employees.
Prior to becoming president and CEO in 2002, Mr. Dowling was the health system’s executive vice president and chief operating officer. Before joining North Shore-LIJ in 1995, he was a senior vice president at Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield.
Mr. Dowling served in New York State government for 12 years, including seven years as state director of Health, Education and Human Services and deputy secretary to the governor. He was also commissioner of the New York State Department of Social Services.
Before his public service career, Mr. Dowling was a professor of social policy and assistant dean at the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Services, and director of the Fordham campus in Westchester County.
Mr. Dowling has been honored with many awards over the years. They include: the 2012 B’nai B’rith National Healthcare Award, the 2011 Gail L. Warden Leadership Excellence Award from the National Center for Healthcare Leadership, the 2011 CEO Information Technology Award from Modern Healthcare magazine and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, the National Human Relations Award from the American Jewish Committee, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the Distinguished Public Service Award from the State University of New York’s Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, an Outstanding Public Service Award from the Mental Health Association of New York State, an Outstanding Public Service Award from the Mental Health Association of Nassau County, the Alfred E. Smith Award from the American Society for Public Administration, and the Gold Medal from the American Irish Historical Society.
Nancy Howell Agee has served as president and CEO of Carilion Clinic, an integrated healthcare organization in Roanoke, Va., since July 2011.
Nancy Howell Agee serves as CEO of Carilion ClinicAs president and CEO, Ms. Agee oversees a multi-specialty physician group, eight hospitals, the Jefferson College of Health Sciences and a joint ventured medical school with Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va.
Ms. Agee began her career in healthcare as a nurse for Carilion Clinic. She has served in various management roles over the past 20 years. In 1996, she was appointed as vice president of medical education. In 2000, she became vice president of the organization. She was quickly promoted to executive vice president and COO in 2001, a position she held until her appointment as CEO.
Outside the health system, Ms. Agee participates in many professional and community activities. She is a member of the boards of the Roanoke Gas Company, HomeTown Bank, Solstas Lab, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, the Mill Mountain Theatre and Center in the Square.
Barry Arbuckle, PhD, is President and CEO of MemorialCare Health System, a leading Southern California nonprofit integrated healthcare delivery system with over 200 sites of care.
Under Dr. Arbuckle's leadership, MemorialCare has experienced unprecedented growth and financial performance and has grown in prominence regionally and nationally. Its many accolades include the Gallup Great Workplace award, Top Leadership Team in the U.S. by HealthLeaders, Most Wired Health System for eight consecutive years from Hospitals & Health Networks, Top 100 Most Integrated Health Systems listed in Modern Healthcare, Best Governed Hospital Systems in the U.S. by The Governance Institute and HealthGrades 5 Star Performer for many clinical services, among numerous other honors.
He appeared on the cover of multiple business magazines noting MemorialCare’s leadership in clinical information, evidence-based medicine, financial and management systems, and preparing for health care reform. He is currently the Chair of March of Dimes-California, Chair-Elect of Integrated Healthcare Association, member of the Healthcare Leadership Council in Washington, DC, and past-Chair of the California Hospital Association. He speaks nationally and internationally on a variety of topics in health care, including Health System Strategy; Economic Comparisons of U.S. and International Health Care; and Healthcare Reform and the ACA.
A graduate of Missouri State University, Arbuckle earned his master’s degree from Arizona State University and a Ph.D. from University of North Carolina. He served on the adjunct faculty for the departments of psychology, sociology and the graduate school of nursing at California State University Long Beach.
John Jay Shannon, MD, is the CEO of the Cook County Health & Hospitals System (CCHHS). The CCHHS Board of Directors unanimously appointed Dr. Shannon to the position on June 27, 2014. He served as the interim CEO for the previous three months, while continuing to serve as Chief of Clinical Integration. An area native, Dr. Shannon grew up in LaGrange, IL. After graduating from St. Ignatius College Prep and Spring Hill College, Dr. Shannon received his medical degree from Rush Medical College. He trained in Internal Medicine and was a Chief Resident at University of Texas Southwestern Affiliated Hospitals in Dallas, and later earned specialty training in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor. Dr. Shannon spent most of his professional career at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, formerly Cook County Hospital. He first joined the medical staff in 1990 and served in several roles, including director of the Adult Asthma clinic, where he led several quality improvement collaborations aimed at improving the delivery of care for asthma patients within the health system and across the city. He also served as an Associate Chair of the Department of Medicine and chief of the Divisions of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Stroger. Dr. Shannon served as Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Parkland Health & Hospital System in Dallas from 2007-2012. In 2013 he rejoined CCHHS to serve as the Chief of Clinical Integration, a position in which he organized CCHHS resources to deliver better patient care, oversaw professional health education and helped strategically position the leadership team within the health system. For seven years Dr. Shannon served on the executive board of the American Lung Association of Metropolitan Chicago, now the Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago. He also served five years on the executive board of the Chicago Asthma Consortium. While in Dallas, he served for 2 years as a trustee of the Dallas-Ft. Worth Hospital Council. Dr. Shannon and his wife reside in the western suburbs. They have three adult children.
Michael Rowan joined Catholic Health Initiatives in March, 2004, and currently serves as the Senior Healthcare Executive. Prior to joining CHI, Mr. Rowan served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of St. John Health in Detroit, Michigan. Mr. Rowan previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Humility of Mary Health Partners in Youngstown, Ohio, as well as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Sarasota Memorial Health Care System, Sarasota, Florida. Mr. Rowan received a master of health services administration degree from The University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science degree from Miami University.
Tom Sadvary is CEO of HonorHealth, where he led creation of the $1.5B nonprofit organization through affiliation of Scottsdale Healthcare and John C. Lincoln Health Network in 2013.
Tom was appointed president and CEO of Scottsdale Healthcare in 2005 following progressive executive roles after joining the organization in 1986 as administrator of Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center. He began his career at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Barberton Citizens Hospital. Tom earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Allegheny College and his Masters degree in Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh. He also worked as a paramedic prior to attending graduate school.
Tom is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. His community leadership roles have included the Arizona Hospital & Healthcare Association, Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce, Scottsdale/Paradise Valley YMCA, Scottsdale McDowell Road Task Force, Scottsdale Rotary Club and Phoenix Chamber of Commerce. He continues to lead the community and professional development through involvement in the American Hospital Association, Greater Phoenix Leadership Council, Scottsdale Institute and Health Insights.
Rodney F. Hochman, MD, serves as president and CEO of Providence Health & Services, leading the five-state health system. Before serving as group president and now president and CEO of Providence, Dr. Hochman was president and chief executive officer of Swedish Health Services. He and his team helped transform Swedish and positioned the organization for a strong, stable future. In his five years at Swedish he strengthened the community safety net, created a strong culture of safety and re-invented their business model from a downtown hospital focus to a regional system of care. Knowing that greater collaboration among providers was the future of health care, Dr. Hochman and the Swedish board conducted an exhaustive search over the course of his tenure and aligned Swedish with the right partner – Providence.
In addition, Dr. Hochman is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, a Fellow of the American College of Rheumatology and a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He is the recipient of the 2001 Physician Executive Award of Excellence, sponsored by Modern Physician magazine and under his leadership, 569-bed Sentara Norfolk General Hospital won the American Hospital Association’s prestigious Quest for Quality national award in 2002. In May 2009, Dr. Hochman was honored for the second time by Modern Physician magazine as number eleven of the 50 Most Powerful Physician Executives in Healthcare.
From May 1992 to February 2014, Jay Leno hosted the Emmy Award-winning, top-rated Tonight Show. Leno was named "Best Political Humorist" by Washingtonian Magazine and "One of Hollywood's Best Loved Stars" by TV Guide. He has also been honored with his own star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame and with the Kennedy Center's Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
In addition to his autobiography, Leading With My Chin, Jay Leno has published several volumes of Headlines, compilations and desk calendars featuring his favorite newspaper humor, as well as Jay Leno's Police Blotter, a book with humorous newspaper clips of police stories. Jay Leno is also the author of the children's book, How to Be the Funniest Kid in the Whole Wide World (Or Just In Your Class).
Leno's every-man style and personality have helped him earn millions of fans all over the world, as people relate to his personable style and work ethic. He has been touted as one of the nicest people in show business, and the hardest-working.
One of the country's premier comedians, Jay Leno has appeared and performed comedy shows around the United States for the past 30 years. Leno has performed in the Middle East to entertain thousands of American military men and women stationed there. Jay Leno still remains passionate about performing in front of live audiences and appears regularly in Las Vegas, on college campuses around the U.S. and at other venues.
Stephen L. Mansfield, PhD, FACHE, is president and CEO of Methodist Health System, having assumed the role in 2006. Before joining Methodist, Dr. Mansfield served seven years as president and CEO of the five-hospital St. Vincent Health System based in Little Rock, Ark., and prior to that he held a variety of administrative positions within the Baptist Memorial Health Care System in Memphis, Tenn., for 23 years. Under his guidance, Methodist has doubled in size and experienced the most profitable years in its history. In 2014, Dr. Mansfield was one of eight hospital and health system executives named to the Becker's Hospital Review Advisory Board. He also serves as the 2014 board chairman for the Dallas Regional Chamber.
Dr. Mercando is a board certified cardiologist in practice in Scarsdale, New York and a member of the New York Presbyterian Medical Group/Westchester. His experience in delivering medical care in the community spans over 25 years, from private practice in a 7 person cardiology group, to a multispecialty physician-owned medical practice (WestMed Medical Group), to his current position in a large hospital owned integrated delivery system. He practices at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City, New York Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital in Bronxville, New York, and Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, New York. He has a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Manhattan College, and received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. He is Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association, and is a member of the Heart Rhythm Society. His professional interests include preventive cardiology, pacing and implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) therapy, medical informatics, and population health.
Delos M. Cosgrove M.D., is president and chief executive officer of Cleveland Clinic. Under his leadership, Cleveland Clinic has experienced improved clinical outcomes and increased patient satisfaction, and expanded locally, nationally and internationally. Dr. Cosgrove has enacted policies focused on quality improvement, improved patient experience, and greater transparency and accountability at all levels of the organization. He has reaffirmed Cleveland Clinic’s dedication to clinical medicine at all levels, and is leading its reorganization into institutes based around specific diseases and organ systems.
Dr. Cosgrove received his medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville and completed his clinical training at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital, and Brook General Hospital in London. His undergraduate work was at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. He was a surgeon in the U.S. Air Force and served in Da Nang, Republic of Vietnam as the Chief of U.S. Air Force Casualty Staging Flight. He was awarded the Bronze Star and the Republic of Vietnam Commendation Medal.
Marna Borgstrom began her career at Yale-New Haven Hospital more than 30 years ago. Her varied roles have taken her from a post-graduate fellowship, to various staff and management roles, to her 1994 promotion to the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. In 2005, she was appointed President and CEO of both Yale-New Haven Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System.
She serves on several national boards, including VHA, Inc. in Dallas, the Council of Teaching Hospitals and Healthcare Executives Study Society. Closer to home, she serves on the Connecticut Hospital Association’s Board of Trustees and Greater New Haven Regional Leadership Council. She was previously Chair of the Connecticut Hospital Association’s Board of Trustees and served on the Boards of the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, the United Way of Greater New Haven and the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce’s Board and Executive Committee.
Marna has been the recipient of several awards recognizing her community involvement, including ADL’s Torch of Liberty Award, YMCA’s Women In Leadership Award, Junior Achievement Hall of Fame, New Haven Business Times’ 20 Noteworthy Women, Hill Health Center’s Leadership Award, Connecticut Women in Leadership Award and she is a member of the Gateway Community College Hall of Fame.
Dr. Redonda Miller is president of The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Before her May 2016 appointment as the hospital’s 11th president and the first woman to hold the position in The Johns Hopkins Hospital’s 127-year history, she served as vice president of medical affairs for The Johns Hopkins Hospital and senior vice president of medical affairs for the Johns Hopkins Health System.
In the Department of Medicine, Dr. Miller has focused her academic and clinical career on medical education and women’s health. She lectures widely and writes on midlife women’s health topics, including osteoporosis and menopause. Dr. Miller is a founding editor of The Johns Hopkins Internal Medicine Board Review book, now in its fifth edition, and is the administrative editor for Practical Reviews in Internal Medicine, an audio lecture series. She has published over 35 book chapters and manuscripts. In addition, Dr. Miller serves on the executive board for the Maryland Hospital Association and chairs its Council on Clinical and Quality Issues. Dr. Miller is also a fellow of the American College of Physicians and past treasurer of the Society of General Internal Medicine.
Arnold Schwarzenegger is known all over the globe for his many accomplishments: world champion bodybuilder, Hollywood action hero, successful businessman, environmentalist, philanthropist, best-selling author, and California's 38th Governor.
This world-famous athlete and actor was born in Thal, Austria in 1947, and by the age of 20 was dominating the sport of competitive bodybuilding, becoming the youngest person ever to win the Mr. Universe title.
His big break came in 1982 when the sword and sorcery epic, Conan the Barbarian, hit box office gold. In 1984, Schwarzenegger blew up the screen and catapulted himself into cinema history as the title character in James Cameron’s sci-fi thriller, Terminator. He is the only actor to be in both categories of the American Film Institute’s Hundred Years of Heroes and Villains for roles he played in the film. To date his films have grossed over $3 billion worldwide.
In 2003, Schwarzenegger became the 38th Governor of the State of California in a historic recall election, and as governor ushered in an era of innovative leadership and extraordinary public service.
As governor, he was California's most effective marketing tool, traveling across the country and around the world promoting California-grown products, cutting-edge technologies and the state's diverse travel destinations.
Since leaving office, Schwarzenegger co-founded the R20 Regions of Climate Action, a global non-profit dedicated to helping subnational governments develop, implement, and communicate the importance of low-carbon and climate resilient projects as well as their economic benefits. In December 2012, he was recognized as a 2012 Global Advocate by the United Nations Correspondents Association for his work with the organization.
Johnese Spisso was appointed to the position of President of UCLA Health, CEO of UCLA Hospital System and Associate Vice Chancellor of UCLA Health Sciences on February 8, 2016. She is a nationally recognized academic healthcare leader with more than 30 years of experience, and oversees all operations of UCLA’s hospitals and clinics as well as the health system’s regional outreach strategy.
Before coming to UCLA, Spisso spent 20 years at UW Medicine, in Seattle, Washington, where she was chief health system officer and vice president of medical affairs for the University of Washington. While there, she played a major role in expanding collaborations with regional hospitals and in the operational integration of two major community hospitals into UW Medicine. She also helped to lead development of a statewide trauma system.
Trained as a registered nurse, Spisso rose through the ranks at UC Davis Medical Center to direct critical care; trauma, burn and emergency services; and the Life Flight Air-Medical Program. Before that, she was a critical-care nurse in the medical, surgical and transplant intensive care unit at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Presbyterian.
Spisso received a master’s degree in health care administration and public administration from the University of San Francisco, and a bachelor’s degree in health sciences from Chapman College. She received her nursing degree at the St. Francis School of Nursing. She has published numerous articles and book chapters on healthcare leadership.
Laura L. Forese, MD MPH, is Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of NewYork-Presbyterian, including NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, NewYork-Presbyterian Regional Hospital Network, NewYork-Presbyterian Physician Services, and NewYork-Presbyterian Population and Community Health. She is responsible for achieving NewYork-Presbyterian’s operating targets, and implementing our patient-centered strategic vision and culture across the enterprise. She joined NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in 2003 as Vice President of Medical Affairs and, since then, has held roles as Chief Medical Officer; Group Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer for NYP/Weill Cornell, NYP/Westchester, and NYP/Lower Manhattan; and President of the former NYP Healthcare System. Prior to joining NewYork-Presbyterian, Dr. Forese spent four years as Vice Chair in Columbia’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. A pediatric orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Forese has been a Columbia faculty member since 1993 and retains her appointment as Associate Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Forese graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University, and Alpha Omega Alpha from Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. Dr. Forese also holds a Master of Public Health from Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health.
Richard W. Nesto, MD, is executive vice president of Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, a nonprofit, multispecialty health care organization based in Burlington, Mass. In his current role, he is responsible for physician leadership across the organization, clinical practice oversight, educational programs and research initiatives. Dr. Nesto defines goals and responsibilities for all physician leaders and supports their achievement of these goals.
In addition to his clinical duties over the last decade at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, Dr. Nesto has chaired both the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine and the Division of Internal Medicine, which encompasses 12 specialties and nearly half the medical center's physicians.
A professor of medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine, Dr. Nesto is internationally known for his major clinical and research advancements in the treatment of heart disease in patients with diabetes mellitus. He has an extensive bibliography with nearly 300 scientific contributions to medical literature. He has served as the national spokesperson for the American Heart Association's "Heart of Diabetes" program, and is a member of the board of trustees for Lahey Hospital & Medical Center.
A graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine, Dr. Nesto earned clinical and research fellowships in medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.
Louis Shapiro assumed his current position as Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) President and CEO in October 2006. Prior to this, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Geisinger Health System’s Clinical Enterprise. He began his career at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh and then joined McKinsey & Company as a leader within their health care practice. Shapiro is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Vice Chair of the Greater New York Hospital Association Board of Governors 2012-13, and is on the Board of Crutches 4 Kids.
Mr. Rosenthal has worked in the Montefiore system for over 25 years and was part of the strategic team that originated and organized Montefiore Care Management. He has served as its president and chief operating officer since its beginnings. He was also responsible for organizing Montefiore's 23 clinical academic departments into a successful facility practice plan and played an important role in the restructuring of the medical center into an integrated delivery system. Mr. Rosenthal has a Master in Business Administration from Pace University, as well as a Master of Science and Bachelor of Arts degree in speech from Brooklyn College.
Warner Thomas officially assumed the role of Ochsner Health System President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) on September 1, 2012. As the CEO of Ochsner, Louisiana’s largest non-profit health system, Mr. Thomas is responsible for the system’s overall strategic growth and development.
Mr. Thomas’ expertise and ability are nationally recognized. In 2014, Mr. Thomas was appointed to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, which advises Congress on issues affecting Medicare. He has served as Chairman of the American Hospital Association Section for Health Systems Governing Council, and is a past member of the Board of the American Medical Group Association and Association of American Medical Colleges Advisory Panel for Health Care and Council of Teaching Hospitals.
Mr. Thomas received his Masters Degree in Business Administration in 1994 from Boston University Graduate School of Management, and an undergraduate degree in Accounting and Computer Information Systems from New Hampshire College in Manchester, NH. He was a Certified Public Accountant, served on the board of the American Medical Group Association, is a Fellow in The American College of Healthcare Executives, a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and New Orleans Business Council; and a Louisiana Hospital Association (LHA) board member.
Mr. Garrett began his time with Hackensack University Medical Center in 1981 as a resident, and served as president and CEO of the Hackensack University Health Network from 2009 through 2016, at which time he assumed his current position as co-CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health. In the face of healthcare reform, Mr. Garrett optimally positioned HackensackUHN and HackensackUMC for success through a series of acquisitions, mergers, partnerships and affiliations.
Mr. Garrett’s leadership and strategic vision has garnered much professional praise. He was ranked second on the NJBIZ 2016 "Power 50 Health Care" list. He was also ranked on the "NJBIZ Power 100: The most powerful people in New Jersey business" list for five consecutive years. He was selected as a member of The Wall Street Journal CEO Council, an invite-only council representing some of the most well-respected business leaders in America.
Mr. Garrett received his Master of Health Administration from Washington University in Saint Louis and his bachelor’s degree from Binghamton University in New York. He and his wife, Laura, live in Morris Township, NJ, with their two sons, Jonathan and David.