100 Non-Profit Hospital, Health System CEOs to Know

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Becker's Hospital Review has named "100 Non-Profit Hospital, Health System CEOs to Know" based on the leaders' healthcare experience, awards and involvement in the community. The presidents and CEOs listed here head non-profit hospitals and health systems across the country that have been recognized for superior clinical, financial and operational performance.

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. Non-profit hospital and health system presidents and CEOs are presented in alphabetical order.

Nancy Howell Agee. President and CEO of Carilion Clinic (Roanoke, Va.). Ms. Agee became president and CEO of Carilion Clinic in July 2011. She previously served as executive vice president and COO of Carilion Clinic for 10 years. She has also served in various other positions at the health system, including vice president of medical education for four years and senior vice president of the system for one year.

Joel T. Allison. President and CEO of Baylor Health Care System (Dallas). Mr. Allison has served as president and CEO of Baylor Health Care System since 2000, marking the pinnacle of a nearly 20-year career at the system. Prior to his current position, he served as senior executive vice president and COO of the system. He is a member of the Healthcare Leadership Council and United Surgical Partners' international board.

Richard A. Anderson. President and CEO of St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network (Bethlehem, Pa.). Mr. Anderson has served as president and CEO of St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network since 1985. In 2009 he was appointed to the Board of Visitors of Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. He was also a member of the advisory board of Lehigh University's College of Education in Bethlehem, Pa., from 2005 to 2008.

Carl Armato. President and CEO of Novant Health (Winston-Salem, N.C.). Mr. Armato became president and CEO of Novant Health in January 2012 after the retirement of the system's long-time leader Paul Wiles. Mr. Armato joined Novant Health in 1998 as vice president of finance and operations for the physician clinic division. He has held several leadership positions in the organization since then, including senior executive vice president and COO.

David Bernd. CEO of Sentara Healthcare (Norfolk, Va.). With a distinguished career in healthcare management, Mr. Bernd became CEO of Sentara Healthcare in 1994. In 1984, he received the American College of Hospital Administrators' Robert S. Hudgens National Young Hospital Administrator of the Year Award.

Marc Boom, MD, MBA. President and CEO of The Methodist Hospital System (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 P. Borgstrom. President and CEO of Yale-New Haven (Conn.) Hospital.
Ms. Borgstrom's appointment as president and CEO of Yale-New Haven Hospital in 2005 followed 26 years of service at the organization. She also holds leadership positions outside the hospital as immediate past chairman of the Connecticut Hospital Association Board of Trustees and a board member of the Greater New Haven Regional Leadership Council.

Richard C. Breon. President and CEO of Spectrum Health System (Grand Rapids, Mich.). Mr. Breon has served as president and CEO of Spectrum Health System since 2000 and has more than 35 years of healthcare administration experience. He previously served as president and CEO of St. Mary's Hospital and Medical Center in Evansville, Ind., and of Mercy Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa.

Stanley Brezenoff. President and CEO of Continuum Health Partners (New York City). Mr. Brezenoff has served as president and CEO of Continuum Health Partners since 2003. He previously served as president and CEO of Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., for eight years. He was also executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and senior program advisor for the Commonwealth Fund.

Lynn Britton. President and CEO of Mercy (St. Louis).
Mr. Britton has served as president and CEO of Mercy since 2009. He joined the health system in 1992 as director of materials management at Mercy Health Center in Oklahoma City. He later held the positions of vice president for Mercy's supply chain operating division, Resource Optimization and Innovation, and senior vice president of the health system.

Kevin Brown. CEO of Swedish Health Services (Seattle).
Mr. Brown was named CEO of Swedish Health Services in February 2012 when its affiliation with Renton, Wash.-based Providence Health & Services was finalized. Mr. Brown previously served as chief strategic officer. He has also served as senior vice president and chief administrative officer of Swedish Health Services.

Robert G. Carmen. President and CEO of Adventist Health (Roseville, Calif.). Mr. Carmen has led Adventist Health since 2007 and chairs the boards of Glendale (Calif.) Adventist Medical Center and White Memorial Medical Center in Los Angeles. He previously served as executive vice president of the health system for eight years. Mr. Carmen has held various other leadership positions at Adventist, including president of Adventist Health/Southern California and president of Glendale Adventist and White Memorial hospitals.

Alan H. Channing. President and CEO of Sinai Health System (Chicago). Mr. Channing has served as president and CEO of Sinai Health System since 2004. He previously served as CEO of St. Vincent Charity Hospital and Saint Luke's Medical Center in Cleveland and CEO of New York Downtown Hospital. Mr. Channing currently serves as chair of the Illinois Hospital Association's board of trustees.

Michael D. Connelly, MA, JD. President and CEO of Catholic Health Partners (Cincinnati). Mr. Connelly has served as president and CEO of Catholic Health Partners since 1995. He previously served as regional executive/CEO of Daughters of Charity National Health System-West in Los Altos Hills, Calif., and president and CEO of St. Joseph Hospital in Chicago. He practiced law with Gardner, Carlton and Douglas.

Steven J. Corwin, MD. CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System (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 "Toby" Cosgrove, MD. President and CEO of Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Cosgrove has served as president and CEO of the system since 2004, his latest position in a 37-year career at the organization. He previously served as chairman of the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. 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 a Bronze Star and the Republic of Vietnam Commendation Medal.

Kenneth L. Davis, MD. President and CEO of The Mount Sinai Medical Center (New York City). Dr. Davis became president and CEO of The Mount Sinai Medical Center in 2003, before which he served as chair of Mount Sinai's Department of Psychiatry for 15 years. He also served as dean of Mount Sinai School of Medicine from 2003 to 2007. In addition, he was the first director of many of Mount Sinai's research groups, including those for Alzheimer's disease, schizophrenia and autism.

Lloyd H. Dean. President and CEO of Dignity Health (San Francisco). Mr. Dean has served as president and CEO of Dignity Health, previously known as Catholic Healthcare West, since 2000 and has more than 20 years of healthcare operations and leadership experience. He previously served as executive vice president and COO of Oak Brook, Ill.-based Advocate Health Care. He is co-founder of Health CEOs for Health Reform, a coalition created in association with the New America Foundation.

Michael J. Dowling. President and CEO of North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System (Great Neck, N.Y.). Mr. Dowling has led North Shore-LIJ since 2002, prior to which he served as executive vice president and COO. He joined the system in 1995 after working as senior vice president at Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Mr. Dowling has also held positions in the New York State government, serving for seven years as state director of Health, Education and Human Services and deputy secretary to the governor.

Victor J. Dzau, MD. President and CEO of Duke University Health System (Durham, N.C.). In addition to his role as president and CEO of Duke University Health System, Dr. Dzau is a cardiologist and chancellor for health affairs at Duke University. He has held these positions since 2004, before which he served as chairman of the department of medicine, physician-in-chief and director of research at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

Elmer G. Ellis. President and CEO of East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System (Tyler, Texas). Mr. Ellis serves as president and CEO of ETMC Regional Healthcare System. In 2006, he received the Texas Hospital Association's Earl M. Collier Award for Distinguished Health Care Administration. In December 2011, East Texas Medical Center Tyler named its new emergency center the Elmer G. Ellis Trauma Center for Mr. Ellis' leadership and commitment to the community.

Daniel F. Evans, Jr. President and CEO of Indiana University Health (Indianapolis). Mr. Evans has served as president and CEO of IU Health since 2002, when the system was known as Clarian Health. Before joining the system he was a partner with the law firm Baker & Daniels. He is currently chairman-elect of the Indiana Hospital Association, immediate past chairman of the Indiana Legal Foundation and a board member for the Indiana Health Information Exchange.

Ruthita J. Fike, MA. CEO and Administrator of Loma Linda (Calif.) University Medical Center. Ms. Fike has served as CEO and administrator of LLUMC and executive vice president for hospital affairs of Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center since 2004. She previously served as executive vice president of operations and support services for Englewood, Colo.-based Centura Health.

Peter S. Fine. President and CEO of Banner Health (Phoenix). Mr. Fine has led Banner Health since 2000. He previously served as executive vice president and COO of Milwaukee-based Aurora Health Care. He has also been president and CEO of Grant Hospital of Chicago and senior vice president of operations at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, also in Chicago.

Barry R. Freedman. President and CEO of Einstein Healthcare Network (Philadelphia). Mr. Freedman has served as president and CEO of Einstein Healthcare Network since 2003. He previously served as COO then interim CEO and president of Mount Sinai NYU Health in New York City. He also served in several leadership positions at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, including executive vice president and president and CEO.

Patrick Fry. President and CEO of Sutter Health (Sacramento, Calif.). Mr. Fry has served as president and CEO of Sutter Health since 2005. He joined the system in 1982 as an administrative resident at Sutter General Hospital in Sacramento and has held various leadership positions since, including president of Sutter's eastern operations and executive vice president and COO. He was elected chair of the California Hospitals Association in 2010.

Robert C. Garrett. President and CEO of Hackensack (N.J.) University Medical Center. Mr. Garrett joined Hackensack University Medical Center in 1981 and served as executive vice president and COO for 23 years before taking the helm in 2009. He has led efforts to reopen the former Pascack Valley Hospital in Westwood, N.J., through a joint venture with Plano, Texas-based LHP Hospital Group. The hospital also recently submitted an application to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to create an accountable care organization.

Timothy M. Goldfarb. CEO of Shands HealthCare (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 J. Goodman, MD. CEO of Rush University Medical Center (Chicago). Dr. Goodman has served as CEO of Rush University Medical Center since 2002. He is also president of Rush University, president of the Rush System for Health and principal officer of the Rush Board of Trustees. Dr. Goodman, an internist, has served in a number of other leadership roles at Rush, including senior vice president for medical affairs and the Henry R. Russe Dean of Rush Medical College.

Gary L. Gottlieb, MD, MBA. President and CEO of Partners HealthCare (Boston). Dr. Gottlieb, a psychiatrist, has led Partners HealthCare since 2010. Prior to this position, he served as president of Brigham and Women's Hospital and Faulkner Hospital in Boston since 2002. He has also held leadership positions at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, serving as executive vice chair and interim chair of the university's department of psychiatry and associate dean for managed care of the health system.

Robert I. Grossman, MD. Dean and CEO of New York University Langone Medical Center (New York City).
Dr. Grossman became dean and CEO of NYU Langone Medical Center in 2007 and has responsibility for both NYU School of Medicine and NYU Hospitals Center. He joined NYU in 2001 as the Louis Marx Professor of Radiology, chairman of the Department of Radiology and professor of neurology, neurosurgery and physiology and neuroscience.

George C. Halvorson. Chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente (Oakland, Calif.). Mr. Halvorson has served as chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente since 2002. He has more than 30 years of healthcare management experience, including serving in several senior management positions with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota. Before joining Kaiser Permanente he served as president and CEO of Minneapolis-based HealthPartners.  

Dean M. Harrison. President and CEO of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare (Chicago). Mr. Harrison has led Northwestern Memorial HealthCare since 2002. He joined the system in 1998 as senior vice president for corporate operations. He previously served as president and COO of the University of Chicago Health System. Mr. Harrison currently serves as secretary of the Illinois Hospital Association's board of trustees.

Robert J. Henkel. President and CEO of Ascension Health (St. Louis).
Mr. Henkel became president and CEO of Ascension Health and executive vice president of Ascension Health Alliance, a new holding company, in January 2012 when Anthony Tersigni stepped down to head the newly launched company. Mr. Henkel previously held the position of president of healthcare operations and COO of the health system for eight years. He has also served as president of the Great Lakes and Mid-Atlantic States Operating Group at Ascension Health.

Keith A. Hovan. President and CEO of Southcoast Health System (New Bedford, Mass.).
Mr. Hovan has served as president and CEO of Southcoast Health System since 2010 and as president and CEO of Southcoast Hospitals Group, a subsidiary of the health system, since 2008. He previously served as executive vice president and COO of Danbury (Conn.) Hospital for four years and as senior vice president of operations for three years. He has also held leadership positions at Montefiore Medical Center in New York and at Bridgeport (Conn.) Hospital.

Ronald A. 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, executive director and CEO of The Wellington Private Hospital in London, England, and executive director of Humana Hospital in Lexington, Ky.

John P. Innocenti. President of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Presbyterian Shadyside.
Mr. Innocenti has served as president of UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside 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.

Donald L. Jernigan, PhD. President and CEO of Adventist Health System (Altamonte Springs, Fla.). Before becoming president and CEO of Adventist Health System, Dr. Jernigan served as executive vice president of the system and CEO of Florida Hospital and the Florida Division. He also served as CEO of the Multi-State Hospital Division and president of Tennessee Christian Medical Center and the Tennessee/Georgia region.

Jeffrey A. Johnston. President of Mercy Hospital St. Louis. Mr. Johnston became president of Mercy Hospital St. Louis in September 2011. He previously served as president of St. Edward Mercy Medical Center in Fort Smith, Ark., for three years. He joined the health system in 2001 and has held several other leadership positions, including senior vice president of operations for Mercy Memorial Health Center in Ardmore, Okla., and COO of Mercy Health Center in Oklahoma City.

Stephen K. Jones. President and CEO of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Health System (New Brunswick, N.J.). Mr. Jones became president and CEO of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Health System in 2007, before which he served as interim president and CEO. He previously held the position of senior vice president of operations of 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.

Larry R. Kaiser, MD. President and CEO of Temple University Health System (Philadelphia). Dr. Kaiser was named senior executive vice president for health sciences, dean of the Temple University School of Medicine and CEO of Temple University Health System in February 2011. He previously served as president and Alkek-Williams Chair of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, professor of surgery and professor of cardiothoracic and vascular surgery.

James R. Kaskie. President and CEO of Kaleida Health (Buffalo, N.Y.).
Mr. Kaskie was named president and CEO of Kaleida Health in 2006 and of Great Lakes Health System of Western New York, the parent organization of the health system and Erie County Medical Center, in 2007. He previously served as president and COO of Kaleida for two years. He was also senior vice president of operations of Englewood, Colo.-based Catholic Health Initiatives.

Brian E. Keeley. President and CEO of Baptist Health South Florida (Coral Gables). Mr. Keeley, president and CEO of Baptist Health South Florida, has been with the organization for more than 30 years. He is Honorary Consul General to St. Kitts-Nevis, two islands in the Caribbean, and works to expand healthcare in Caribbean communities. In addition, he was a member of American Hospital Association's Health Care Systems 2010 Governing Council.

John Koster, MD. President and CEO of Providence Health & Services (Renton, Wash.). Dr. Koster, an internist, has led Providence Health & Services as president and CEO since 2003. He joined the system in 1997 and was responsible for systems operations. He previously served as senior vice president of Irving, Texas-based VHA and in leadership positions at Presbyterian Healthcare Services in Albuquerque, N.M., and at Rocky Mountain Healthcare Company in Denver.

Kelby K. Krabbenhoft. President and CEO of Sanford Health (Fargo, N.D., Sioux Falls, S.D.). Mr. Krabbenhoft has been president of Sanford Health since 1996 and CEO since 1997. He previously served as president and CEO of Freeman Health System in Joplin, Mo., executive vice president of Sisters of Mary of the Presentation Health System in Fargo, N.D., and president of St. Margaret's Hospital in Spring Valley, Ill.

Robert J. Laskowski, MD, MBA. President and CEO of Christiana Care Health System (Wilmington, Del.). Dr. Laskowski has been leading Christiana Care Health System since 2003. Prior to joining the health system, Dr. Laskowski, a geriatrician, served as 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.

Bruce Lawrence. President and CEO of Integris Health (Oklahoma City). Mr. Lawrence has been at Integris Health since 2001. He served as president of the system's Baptist and Southwest Medical Centers in Oklahoma City and executive vice president and COO of the system before becoming CEO. He was also senior vice president and COO of Baptist Health in Montgomery, Ala., and vice president of Baptist Health System in Little Rock, Ark.

Bill Leaver. President and CEO of Iowa Health System (Des Moines). Mr. Leaver has served as president and CEO of Iowa Health System since 2008. He previously served as president and CEO of Trinity Regional Health System in Rock Island, Ill., for seven years. He was also a senior executive at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit.

Thomas J. Lewis. Outgoing President and CEO of Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals (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, at which point COO David McQuaid will serve as president in addition to COO.

Steven H. Lipstein. President and CEO of BJC HealthCare (St. Louis). Mr. Lipstein has held his current position as president and CEO of BJC HealthCare since 1999. He serves on the St. Louis Regional Health Commission and is a board member of the Missouri Hospital Association. He is also on the board of trustees for Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and is chairman of the university's Institute of Public Health National Advisory Council.  

Kevin E. Lofton. President and CEO of Catholic Health Initiatives (Englewood, Colo.). Mr. Lofton has served as president and CEO of Catholic Health Initiatives since 2003. He previously served as COO, in addition to other leadership positions at the system. He was the 2007 chairman of the American Hospital Association's board of trustees and currently chairs the AHA's Special Advisory Group to Improve Hospital Care for Minorities.

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