100 Leaders of Great Hospitals

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Aristotle is famous for saying a person who has never learned to obey can never be a good leader. The axiom still holds true today in any leadership role. For hospital executives in an era of great uncertainty, learning from predecessors and previous experiences is what has made these following 100 hospitals as successful as they are today. Their leadership continues to serve as a primer for the future.

Here are the presidents, CEOs and/or primary leaders of the Becker's Hospital Review 100 Great Hospitals, listed in alphabetical order.

Richard Afable, MD. President and CEO of Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian (Newport Beach, Calif.). Dr. Afable runs the 498-bed Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, which is the 12th largest hospital in California and the largest independent hospital in Orange County. Previously, he was executive vice president and CMO of Newtown Square, Pa.-based Catholic Health East. Dr. Afable was also founder, president and CEO of Preferred Physician Partners, a physician practice management company based in Ohio.

Robert Bachman. CEO of Emory University Hospital (Atlanta). Mr. Bachman oversees the 573-bed Emory University Hospital, one of the top tertiary care facilities in Atlanta. He started his healthcare career as a respiratory therapist and later became the director of respiratory services at Grady Memorial Hospital and Emory Crawford Long Hospital (now known as Emory University Hospital Midtown). Mr. Bachman also served as director of medical education services for the Emory University School of Medicine before becoming COO of Emory University Hospital in 2001.

Mark Billings. President of Presbyterian Hospital (Charlotte, N.C.). Prior to his appointment as president of Presbyterian Hospital and Presbyterian Healthcare, Mr. Billings served as vice president and administrator of Presbyterian Hospital Matthews (N.C.). He also was the vice president of support services and patient access at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., and before joining the Novant Health organization, Mr. Billings served various roles at naval hospitals and clinics in North Carolina and Virginia.

Marc Boom, MD. President and CEO of The Methodist Hospital (Houston). Dr. Boom became president and CEO of The Methodist Hospital System in January 2012 after having served as executive vice president of the hospital since 2005. He previously served as senior vice president and COO of the hospital, president and CEO of The Methodist Diagnostic Hospital and president, CEO and medical director of Baylor-Methodist Primary Care Associates.

Marna Borgstrom. CEO of Yale-New Haven (Conn.) Hospital. Ms. Borgstrom has been at Yale-New Haven Hospital since 1979, and she became president and CEO in 2005. She is chair of the Connecticut Hospital Association Board of Trustees and a board member on the University HealthSystem Consortium, an alliance of 116 academic medical centers and 264 of their affiliated hospitals. Ms. Borgstrom is also chair of The Country School, a private day-school in Madison, Conn.

David Brooks. CEO of Providence Regional Medical Center (Everett, Wash.). Prior to Mr. Brooks' current role, he was the COO at Central DuPage Health in Winfield, Ill. He has also served executive leadership roles at CHRISTUS Health in Irving, Texas, Lovelace Health System in Albuquerque, N.M., and Henry Ford Health System in Detroit.

Robin Brown Jr. CEO of Scripps Green Hospital (La Jolla, Calif.). Mr. Brown has more than 30 years of healthcare executive experience, and 20 of those years have been in a variety of roles within San Diego-based Scripps Health. He has been CEO of the 173-bed Scripps Green Hospital since 2000, a position he considers to be the most "challenging and rewarding" position of his healthcare career.

Patricia Cassidy. Interim President and CEO of Loyola University Medical Center (Maywood, Ill.). Ms. Cassidy currently serves as the interim president of Loyola University Medical Center and also the president of Loyola Gottlieb Memorial Hospital in Melrose Park, Ill. She also is senior vice president of the Loyola University Health System, which officially became a part of Novi, Mich.-based Trinity Health in July 2011, and is responsible for Loyola's strategic planning.

Shane Cerone. President of Beaumont Hospital (Royal Oak, Mich.). Mr. Cerone first joined Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak in 2008 as the hospital's senior vice president and COO. Prior to his Beaumont tenure, Mr. Cerone served in various leadership roles at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and was an adjunct assistant professor in health management with the University of Iowa College of Public Health.

Craig Cordola. CEO of Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center (Houston). Mr. Cordola served as assistant vice president and CEO of Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston for seven years before being named CEO of Memorial Hermann Health System's flagship hospital in September 2010. He is also the associate dean for hospital affairs and community partnerships at The University of Texas Medical School in Houston.

Steven Corwin, MD. CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (New York City). Dr. Corwin, a cardiologist and internist, is CEO of both NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System, a group of hospitals and other healthcare organizations in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Dr. Corwin became CEO of the hospital in September 2011 after serving as executive vice president and COO of the hospital for six years. He was also senior vice president and CMO of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital for seven years.

Delos Cosgrove, MD. President and CEO of Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Cosgrove joined the Cleveland Clinic in 1975 and became chairman of the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular surgery in 1989. He has published roughly 450 journal articles and has performed more than 22,000 operations, making him one of the leading experts of cardiac surgery and valve repair in the country. Dr. Cosgrove 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, where he was awarded the Bronze Star and the Republic of Vietnam Commendation Medal.

Susan Croushore. President and CEO of The Christ Hospital (Cincinnati). As president and CEO of The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, a 555-bed facility that includes more than 1,000 physicians, Ms. Croushore has focused on workforce retention and quality improvement. She previously served as CEO of Jeanes Hospital-Temple University Health System in Pennsylvania.

Pamela Davis. President and CEO of Edward Hospital (Naperville, Ill.). Ms. Davis has served as president and CEO of Edward Hospital and Health Services since 1988, but she is most known for her large role in the eventual arrest of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Ms. Davis exposed the corruption of the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board, which demanded she hire their contractors in order to build a new 146-bed facility, by wearing a wiretap for the FBI. She was recognized by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners for those whistleblowing efforts.

Kyle DeFur. President of St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital. Mr. DeFur has held his position as president of St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital since December 2007. He also heads St. Vincent Women's Hospital, St. Vincent Stress Center and Peyton Manning Children's Hospital at St. Vincent. Mr. DeFur was previously president of Saint John's Health System, CEO of Arbor Hospital of Evansville and administrator of Charter Hospital of Rockford (Ill.).

Marie Droege. President of Robert Packer Hospital (Sayre, Pa.). In addition to her role as president of 238-bed Robert Packer Hospital, Ms. Droege is the COO of the Guthrie Healthcare System, which encompasses four hospitals and a large multispecialty physician group. Previously, she was COO of Kaiser Oakland (Calif.) Medical Center and has 14 years of executive management experience at Bon Secours Health System in Marriottsville, Md.

John Dubis. President and CEO of St. Elizabeth Edgewood (Ky.). Before becoming CEO of St. Elizabeth Edgewood and St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Mr. Dubis was executive vice president and COO of St. Elizabeth Healthcare. In total, he has more than 34 years of healthcare executive leadership experience, which has included time served at SSM Healthcare in St. Louis.

John Duval. CEO of Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center (Richmond, Va.). A little more than nine years ago, the VCU Health System appointed Mr. Duval as the CEO of the hospital. Before joining VCU, he was the COO of the University of Arizona Medical Center for six years and was also the vice president for professional and ancillary services at University of Arizona's Health Sciences Center.

Pat Farrell. CEO of Henrico Doctors' Hospital (Richmond, Va.). In addition to his role as CEO of Henrico Doctors' Hospital, Mr. Farrell is the market lead for the Central Virginia market of Nashville, Tenn.-based Hospital Corporation of America's Capital Division, which encompasses 6,700 employees, six hospital campuses, two ambulatory surgery centers and several outpatient diagnostic and treatment centers.

David Feinberg, MD. President and CEO of Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center (Los Angeles). Dr. Feinberg has served as CEO and associate vice chancellor of UCLA Health since 2007. He previously served as medical director of UCLA's Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital and head of the NPH Faculty Practice Group. He is also a clinical professor of psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

David Fox. President of Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital (Downers Grove, Ill.). Mr. Fox joined Advocate Good Samaritan — the 2010 recipient of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award — in 2003. He previously served as president of Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, Ill. He received the Excellence in Advocacy Award from the Illinois Hospital Association in 2010. He is also a board member of AHA Solutions, a group dedicated to improving the operational performance of hospitals.  

Suzanne Freeman, RN. President of Carolinas Medical Center (Charlotte, N.C.). Ms. Freeman joined Charlotte, N.C.-based Carolinas HealthCare System in 1975 as a staff nurse, and has served as vice president and president of CHS Specialty Facilities before becoming president of Carolinas Medical Center. In her current role, she oversees the 874-bed medical center, Sanger Heart and Vascular Institute, Levine Cancer Institute, Levine Children's Hospital and other features of Carolinas Medical Center.

Steven Gabbe, MD. CEO of the Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University (Columbus, Ohio). Dr. Gabbe took the helm of the Wexner Medical Center in July 2008, as the medical center was developing plans for the largest physical expansion in its history: a $1 billion project that is slated for completion in 2016. He was dean of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tenn., from 2001 to 2008 and, prior to that, was chair of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle.

J.P. Gallagher. President of Evanston (Ill.) Hospital. Mr. Gallagher, president of Evanston (Ill.) Hospital, joined Evanston's parent, NorthShore University HealthSystem, in 2002 from the administrative team of Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Ill. At NorthShore, he started at Glenbrook Hospital. In 2004, he was promoted to senior vice president for hospitals and clinics at Evanston Hospital, which is the system's flagship facility.

Robert Garrett. President and CEO of Hackensack (N.J.) University Medical Center. Mr. Garrett has led the 775-bed Hackensack University Medical Center since November 2009. As CEO, Mr. Garrett has been credited with strengthening communication and partnerships by creating a culture of transparency and credibility within Hackensack University Medical Center. Before taking on this leadership role, Mr. Garrett served as the executive vice president and COO since 1986 after joining the hospital in 1981.

Timothy Goldfarb. CEO of Shands at the University of Florida (Gainesville, Fla.). Mr. Goldfarb has served as CEO of Shands HealthCare since 2001. He previously served as director of University Hospital and Health Care Systems at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Ore., for four years. He was also senior associate director of Arizona Medical Center and assistant administrator of Tucson General Hospital in Arizona.

Larry Goodman, MD. President and CEO of Rush University Medical Center (Chicago). Dr. Goodman, an internist, has been president and CEO of Rush University Medical Center since 2002. In 2006 he began the "Rush Transformation," a $1 billion project to rebuild large parts of the medical center, which is projected to be complete by 2016, and RUMC recently unveiled its new medical tower, which achieved LEED Gold certification.

Brett Gosney. CEO of Animas Surgical Hospital (Durango, Colo.). Mr. Gosney has a diverse background in healthcare, spanning more than 28 years. He is the immediate past president of Physician Hospitals of America, a Sioux Falls, S.D.-based trade group that represents physician-owned hospitals. He also serves as the director of development for Symbion.

David Grauer. Administrator and CEO of Intermountain Medical Center (Murray, Utah). Mr. Grauer, who has served as administrator and CEO of Intermountain Healthcare's flagship facility for several years now, places a big emphasis on improving the family and patient experience at Intermountain, saying all staff work tirelessly to provide an "uncommon compassion" for everyone they serve.

Robert Grossman, MD. CEO of NYU Langone Medical Center (New York City). In addition to leading the medical center, Dr. Grossman is dean of the NYU School of Medicine. He joined NYU in 2001 as chairman of the department of radiology. He was previously chief of neuroradiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Dr. Grossman recently received the gold medal of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine.

John Harney. President and CEO of University of Colorado Hospital (Aurora, Colo.). Mr. Harney took over as president and CEO of the University of Colorado Hospital in March 2012, replacing Bruce Schroffel, who spearheaded the creation of the University of Colorado Health — the new, non-profit health system that pairs UCH and Fort Collins, Colo.-based Poudre Valley Health System. Mr. Schroffel will serve as the inaugural president and chairman of the board for UC Health. Mr. Harney now oversees the executive decisions of UCH. Prior to his current post, he was the COO of UCH for roughly four years and also served in executive leadership roles at several New York non-profit hospitals.

Dean Harrison. President and CEO of Northwestern Memorial Hospital (Chicago). Mr. Harrison has served as president and CEO of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare and Northwestern Memorial Hospital since 2002. Before he joined Northwestern Memorial in 1998 as senior vice president for corporate operations, he was president and COO of the University of Chicago Health System. During his 11 years at that system, he also served as president and CEO of Weiss Memorial Hospital in Chicago, which is now part of Nashville, Tenn.-based Vanguard Health Systems.

Edward Howell. CEO of University of Virginia Medical Center (Charlottesville, Va.). Before Mr. Howell found himself as vice president and CEO of UVA Medical Center — and several other executive roles in the hospital and healthcare setting — he was a high school biology teacher in his hometown of Zanesville, Ohio. He also coached basketball, football and track and field, but after enrolling in Ohio State University's health services administration master's program, he realized he itched for a career "where no two days were ever alike."

Michael Hulefeld. CEO of Ochsner Medical Center (New Orleans). Mr. Hulefeld joined Ochsner in 1998 and soon became the manager of musculoskeletal services at the Ochsner Clinic. After bouncing around with several other executive leadership titles within the Ocshner Health System, he took on the responsibilities of COO and eventually CEO of Ochsner Medical Center, the flagship hospital of the health system.

Ron Hytoff. President and CEO of Tampa (Fla.) General Hospital. Mr. Hytoff has served as president and CEO of Tampa General Hospital since 2000. He previously served as COO of the hospital for three years. He has also served as president and CEO of the University of Louisville (Ky.) Hospital and executive director and CEO of The Wellington Private Hospital in London, England.

John P. Innocenti. President of UPMC Presbyterian (Pittsburgh). Mr. Innocenti has served as president of UPMC Presbyterian since 2007, the latest position in a 36-year career at UPMC. In this role he oversees the operations of both UPMC Presbyterian and UPMC Shadyside. He has held several other leadership positions in the system, including senior vice president and COO of UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside.

Laura Irvine. President of Methodist Dallas Medical Center. In 1996, Ms. Irvine joined the Methodist Health System as an administrative resident at Methodist Dallas Medical Center. She worked her way up the ranks, and in 2001, she became senior vice president of planning and marketing for the health system. She was then promoted to president of Methodist Mansfield (Texas) Medical Center, and in March 2011, she was appointed to her current role.

Stephen Jones. President and CEO of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (New Brunswick, N.J.). Mr. Jones became president and CEO of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Health System in 2007, after serving as interim president and CEO. He previously held the position of senior vice president of operations at the hospital for 23 years. Before joining the system, he was assistant director of Somerset (N.J.) Medical Center and assistant director of Barnert Memorial Hospital Center in Paterson, N.J.

Phillip Kambic. President and CEO of Riverside Medical Center (Kankakee, Ill.). Mr. Kambic has served as president and CEO of Riverside Health Care since 2006. He has been with Riverside for more than 25 years, including serving as senior vice president and COO.

Donna Katen-Bahensky. President and CEO of University of Wisconsin Hospital (Madison, Wis.). Ms. Katen-Bahensky is president and CEO of the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison. Before coming to the University of Wisconsin, she held numerous executive positions at health systems across the country, including the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and University of Iowa Health Care in Iowa City. She is also currently a member of the administrative board of the Council of Teaching Hospitals of the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Kenneth Kates. CEO of University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (Iowa City, Iowa). Mr. Kates was named CEO of University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in July 2008. He previously served as a consultant with Alvarez and Marsal, a professional services firm located in Chicago, and held administrative positions at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia as well as the University of Chicago Hospitals and Health System.

Wayne Keathley. President of The Mount Sinai Hospital (New York City). As president and COO of one of the oldest tertiary and quaternary care facilities in the country, Mr. Keathley oversees all executive and operational functions of the hospital. His first hospital job came at the age of 16, and he became a surgical technician at Mount Sinai after graduating from high school. Mr. Keathley first appeared on The Mount Sinai Hospital scene in 2003 as COO and officially became president and COO in late 2008.

Mark Laret. CEO of UCSF Medical Center (San Francisco). Mr. Laret has been CEO of UCSF Medical Center, including UCSF Children's Hospital, since April 2000. Under his leadership, UCSF Medical Center reversed what had been a $60 million annual loss in 2000 and within five years produced a $70 million annual gain. Mr. Laret spearheaded plans to build the $1.5 billion UCSF hospital complex in the Mission Bay area of San Francisco, expected to open in 2014.

Robert Laskowski, MD. President and CEO of Christiana Hospital (Newark, Del.). Dr. Laskowski, a geriatrician, became president and CEO of Christiana Care Health System in 2003. Before joining the system, Dr. Laskowski was CMO of Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network in Allentown, Pa., and president and group medical director at Northeast Permanente Medical Group in Hartford, Conn.

James Leonard, MD. President and CEO of Carle Foundation Hospital (Urbana, Ill.). In addition to serving as president and CEO of the 297-bed Carle Foundation Hospital, Dr. Leonard heads The Carle Foundation integrated health system. He and the other board members have outlined several strategic goals for 2012, which include having clinical and service quality in the top 10 percent nationally and having the right combination and quality of physicians to achieve growth targets.

Thomas Lewis. Outgoing President and CEO of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital (Philadelphia). Mr. Lewis has served as head of Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals since 1990 and has played a key role in founding Radnor, Pa.-based Jefferson Health System, acquiring Methodist Hospital in Philadelphia and forming the Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience. He is retiring effective July 1, 2012, at which point COO David McQuaid will serve as president and COO.

Richard Liekweg. President of Barnes-Jewish Hospital (St. Louis). Mr. Liekweg, who assumed his post in September 2009, previously served as CEO and associate vice chancellor for UCSD Medical Center in San Diego. Before that, he spent more than 15 years at Durham, N.C.-based Duke University Health System. He reports to Steven Lipstein, president and CEO of BJC HealthCare, the parent company of the hospital.

R. Trent Lind. CEO of Texas Orthopedic Hospital (Houston). Before heading the physician-owned Texas Orthopedic Hospital, Mr. Lind spent 10 years as COO of Swedish Medical Center in Englewood, Colo. He has also spent time in executive leadership roles at Baptist Health in Jacksonville, Fla., Fawcett Memorial Hospital in Port Charlotte, Fla., and Brandon (Fla.) Regional Hospital.  

Jeff Lindsay. President of Forsyth Medical Center (Winston-Salem, N.C.). Jeff Lindsay heads the 921-bed tertiary care hospital, and in March 2012, he was also promoted to president of Novant Health's entire Winston-Salem service area.  

Steven Littleson. President of Jersey Shore University Medical Center (Neptune, N.J.). In addition to his role as president of Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Mr. Littleson serves as president of K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital, which offers the most pediatric specialists in the region.

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