100 Hospital and Health System COOs to Know

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Becker's Hospital Review has named "100 Hospital and Health System COOs to Know" based on individuals' healthcare and leadership experience. The COOs and leaders of operations listed here are key members of executive teams at hospitals and health systems who have demonstrated commitment to high-quality care and continuous operational improvement at their respective organizations.

Note: This list is not an endorsement of included hospitals, health systems or associated healthcare providers, and organizations cannot pay for inclusion on this list. Hospital and health system COOs and operations leaders are presented in alphabetical order.

Robert Adams. Vice President of Operations of Jersey Shore University Medical Center (Neptune, N.J.). Mr. Adams has served as vice president of operations at Jersey Shore University Medical Center since 2005. Before then, he held various management positions within the hospital and also served on several boards as a trustee.

Charles J. Barnett. President of Healthcare Operations and COO of Ascension Health (St. Louis).
Mr. Barnett was named president of healthcare operations and COO of Ascension Health in January. He previously served as Texas/Missouri Ministry Market Leader of Ascension Health and as president and CEO of Seton Healthcare Family in Austin, Texas. Prior to joining Seton, he served as vice president and COO of Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va.

Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD. Senior Vice President, Vice Dean and Chief of Hospital Operations of NYU Langone Medical Center (New York City).
In addition to serving as senior vice president, vice dean and chief of hospital operations, Dr. Birnbaum is the executive sponsor of NYU Langone Medical Center's Lean Six Sigma management initiative. He is an abdominal radiologist and computed tomography expert, and previously served as vice chair of clinical affairs and operations and chief of service in the department of radiology at NYU Langone.

Andre Boyd. Associate COO of Centerpoint Medical Center (Independence, Mo.). Mr. Boyd was named Associate COO of Centerpoint Medical Center in January 2010. He also serves as the hospital's ethics and compliance officer. He previously served as a business administrator for perioperative services at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, Md.

Tammie Brailsford, RN. Executive Vice President and COO of MemorialCare Health System (Fountain Valley, Calif.). Ms. Brailsford has served as executive vice president and COO of MemorialCare Health System since 2003. Before joining MemorialCare, Ms. Brailsford served as executive vice president and COO of the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, Calif. She also previously served as administrator and COO of St. Mary Medical Center in Long Beach, and CEO of Long Beach Memorial and Miller Children's Hospital Long Beach.

Robert Braithwaite. COO of Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian (Newport Beach, Calif.). Mr. Braithwaite is COO of Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian. He previously served as chief administrative officer of Hoag Hospital Irvine (Calif.). He has also served at Hoag as administrative resident, purchasing manager, director of materials management, vice president of support services and senior vice president of hospital operations, among other positions.

Thomas M. Brisse. Executive Vice President of Operations of Beaumont Health System (Royal Oak, Mich.).
Mr. Brisse became executive vice president of operations of Beaumont Health System in April. He joined Beaumont in 1987 as a management engineering coordinator and later held the positions of administrative associate for the Beaumont Reference Laboratory at Beaumont, Royal Oak, and as vice president of operations, senior associate director, associate director, assistant director, system vice president and president of Beaumont Hospital, Troy (Mich.).

Gary Brock. COO of Baylor Health Care System (Dallas). Mr. Brock serves as COO of Baylor Health Care System and co-leader of Baylor's clinical transformation initiative and "Best Care" efforts, which are designed to improve quality, operations and finance through information technology. He previously served as executive director at Baylor Garland (Texas), as well as senior vice president of managed care and physician network development and executive vice president for the system.

Herbert C. Buchanan Jr. Senior Vice President and COO of University of Maryland Medical Center (Baltimore). Mr. Buchanan has served as senior vice president and COO of University of Maryland Medical Center since 2005. He previously served as vice president of operations of Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago from 2001 to 2005. He also served as vice president of operations and process improvement of Huntsville (Ala.) Hospital System from 1994 to 2001.

Steve Burriss. COO of Rex Hospital (Raleigh, N.C.).
Mr. Burriss has served as COO of Rex Healthcare since April. He joined the system in 1998 and previously served as vice president of human resources for the system. Mr. Burriss developed the Rex Employee Relief Fund, which provides assistance to employees in crisis.

Peter W. Butler. President and COO of Rush University Medical Center (Chicago).
Mr. Butler has served as president and COO of Rush University Medical Center since 2004. He is also an associate professor and chairman of the health system's management department at Rush University's College of Health Sciences. Prior to his current position, Mr. Butler served for two years as president of Rush North Shore Medical Center in Skokie, Ill., which was renamed Skokie Hospital in 2009 when it became part of Evanston, Ill.-based NorthShore University HealthSystem.

Terry Capuano, RN. COO of Lehigh Valley Health Network (Allentown, Pa.). Ms. Capuano became COO of Lehigh Valley Health Network in 2010. She previously served as Lehigh Valley's senior vice president of clinical services for 11 years. She joined the system more than 25 years ago as a staff development educator and has previously served as director of the cardiac division, administrator for a variety of patient care and clinical support areas, and vice president of operations.

Patrick Christiansen. COO of Inova Fairfax Hospital (Falls Church, Va.). Mr. Christiansen was named COO of Inova Fairfax in September 2010. He joined the hospital in 2007 as administrator of Inova Heart and Vascular Institute and later served as senior vice president. He previously served as vice president of operations of St. John's Mercy Health Care in Creve Coeur, Mo., and as vice president of St. Edward's Mercy Health Network in Fort Smith, Ark.

Kathleen Crawford, MSN, MBA. COO of Ashtabula (Ohio) County Medical Center. Ms. Crawford has been COO of Ashtabula County Medical Center, an affiliate of Cleveland Clinic, since February 2010. She also serves as a nurse surveyor for the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program.

Richard D'Aquila. President and COO of Yale-New Haven (Conn.) Hospital.
Mr. D'Aquila serves as president and COO of Yale-New Haven Hospital as well as executive vice president of Yale New Haven Health System. Prior to joining the hospital in 2006, he served as a senior vice president and COO of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City. He has also served as executive vice president and COO of St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport, Conn.

Deborah Davis. COO of MCV Hospitals (Richmond, Va.).
Ms. Davis was named COO of MCV Hospitals, the teaching hospital component of the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, in 2007. She previously served as president of Pitt County Memorial Hospital, now called Vidant Medical Center, in Greenville, N.C.

Pete DeAngelis. Executive Vice President and COO of Catholic Health East (Newtown Square, Pa.). Mr. DeAngelis became executive vice president and COO in May 2010. He previously served as Catholic Health East's executive vice president and CFO for about seven years. Prior to joining the system, he was senior vice president and CFO of the University of Pennsylvania Health System in Philadelphia.

Faye Deich, RN. COO of Sacred Heart Hospital (Eau Claire, Wis.).
Prior to her current role as COO, Ms. Deich served as CNO of Sacred Heart Hospital. She has also served as a member of the Wisconsin Hospital Association Board of Directors and as president of the Wisconsin Organization of Nurse Executives.

Tony Denton, JD, MHA. Executive Director of University Hospitals and COO of University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers (Ann Arbor).
Mr. Denton became COO of U-M Hospitals and Health Centers in March 2004. He previously served as associate hospital administrator and associate hospital director for operations, associate director for clinical services and administrator of University Hospital at the system.

David M. Dill. President and COO of LifePoint Hospitals (Brentwood, Tenn.). Mr. Dill was named president of LifePoint Hospitals in January 2011. He has served as COO since April 2009, at which point he also became executive vice president. Mr. Dill joined LifePoint in 2007.

Verdi J. DiSesa, MD, MBA. COO of Temple University Health System (Philadelphia). Dr. DiSesa became COO of Temple University Health System and vice dean for Clinical Affairs of Temple University School of Medicine in May 2011. He is board certified in internal medicine, general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery. He previously served as chair of the department of surgery at the University Hospital and Harvard Medical School Dubai Center in the United Arab Emirates.

Phillip Dutcher. COO of NCH Healthcare System (Naples, Fla.). Mr. Dutcher serves as COO of two-hospital NCH Healthcare System. He served at Hurley Hospital in Flint, Mich., beginning in 1975, where he was CEO from 1981 to 1995. He also served as CEO of the combined Good Samaritan and St. Mary's Medical Centers in West Palm Beach, Fla., from 1995 to 2000.

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