130 nonprofit hospital and health system CEOs to know | 2014

Becker's Hospital Review has named the following hospital and health system leaders to its list of "130 nonprofit hospital and health system CEOs to know." The leaders on this list lead some of the largest and most prominent hospitals and health systems in the nation. They were selected to this list based on their experience, professional achievement and involvement in their communities.

Note: This list is not an endorsement of included hospitals, health systems or associated providers, and leaders could not pay for their inclusion on this list. Presidents and CEOs are presented in alphabetical order.

Nancy Howell Agee. President and CEO of Carilion Clinic (Roanoke, Va.). Since 2011, Ms. Agee has served as president and CEO of Carilion Clinic. Prior to her appointment as CEO, she has also served as the organization's vice president, executive vice president and COO. Ms. Agee was selected to be the 2014 Chairman of the Virginia Center Health Innovation and an American Hospital Association Board of Trustees member. Her three-year term for the AHA board begins Jan. 1, 2015.

Joel T. Allison. CEO of Baylor Health Care System (Dallas). Mr. Allison joined Baylor Health Care System in 1993, serving as Baylor's senior executive vice president and COO, before being made president and CEO in 2000. Mr. Allison is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and serves on the Healthcare Leadership Council. in 2013, Mr. Allison was recognized with Baylor Alumni Association's 2013 George W. Truett Distinguished Church Service Award.

Yousuf Ahmad, DrPh. Market President and CEO of Mercy Health-Cincinnati. Dr. Ahmad became market president and CEO of Mercy Health-Cincinnati in June 2013. He has been with the system since 2004, serving in various capacities, including divisional senior vice president and president of Mercy Health Physicians. He also has a background in technology, having served as vice president and CIO of both Mercy Health and Group Health Associates in Cincinnati. He is an active member of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives and a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. He was a recipient of the Tomorrow's Leader Award from the Catholic Health Association in 2013.

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 and Health Network for nearly 30 years. Mr. Anderson also serves on St. Luke's Board of Trustees and the Board of Visitors of Temple University School of Medicine. Under Mr. Anderson's leadership, St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network was recognized by U.S. News & World Report as the No. 2 hospital in the region and No. 17 in the state for 2014-15.  

Barry Arbuckle, PhD. President and CEO of MemorialCare Health System (Fountain Valley, Calif.). Dr. Arbuckle leads MemorialCare Health System, a Southern California highly integrated healthcare delivery system with more than $2 billion in annual revenues, six hospitals, more than 200 outpatient care locations, a health plan and one of the state's fastest growing physician organizations. Dr. Arbuckle serves as chair of the MemorialCare Innovation Funds board, chair of March of Dimes-California, officer of Integrated Healthcare Association and past chair of California Hospital Association.

Carl Armato. President and CEO of Novant Health (Winston-Salem, N.C.). Mr. Armato was named president and CEO of Novant Health in 2012, but he has been with the organization since 1998 when he was vice president of finance and operations for the physician divisions in both Charlotte, N.C., and Winston-Salem. Mr. Armato has served as the chairman the Mecklenburg Citizens for Public Education board, chairman of the Friends of Scouting Exploring Community Campaign and is a two-time member of the American Heart Walk Executive Committee.

Barclay E. Berdan. CEO of Texas Health Resources (Arlington). With more than 30 years of healthcare leadership experience, Mr. Berdan was named CEO of Texas Health Resources on Sept. 1. He joined the system in 1986 as vice president/administrator for Harris Methodist Southwest in Fort Worth, Texas. For the two years prior to being named CEO, Mr. Berdan served as Texas Health Resources' senior executive vice president and COO. Before joining Texas Health Resources, Mr. Berdan worked for American Medical International for nine years.

David Bernd. CEO of Sentara Healthcare (Norfolk, Va.). Mr. Bernd has served as president and CEO of Sentara Healthcare since December 1994, but has been with the 12-hospital health system since 1985. As CEO, Mr. Bernd oversees Sentara's seven acute-care hospitals, health plans that cover roughly 350,000 lives and a 350 physician multi-specialty medical group. Mr. Bernd has served on numerous boards and committees and was named among Virginia's top 50 most influential people by Virginia Business magazine in 2013.  

Steven Bjelich. President and CEO of Saint Francis Healthcare System (Cape Girardeau, Mo.). Mr. Bjelich leads Saint Francis Healthcare System, which includes a 284-bed regional, tertiary medical center. In 2012, Saint Francis announced a $127 million building expansion to create an integrated Women and Children's Pavilion and add private beds. Mr. Bjelich earned a master's degree in healthcare administration from the Indiana University School of Medicine. He was awarded the Visionary Leader Award from the Missouri Hospital Association in 2010 and serves as a member of MHA's board of trustees.   

Marc Boom, MD, MBA. President and CEO of Houston Methodist. Dr. Boom has been president and CEO of Houston Methodist since January 2012, prior to which he served as executive vice president. Under Dr. Boom's leadership, Houston Methodist was ranked among Fortune's "100 Best Companies to Work For" in 2013 and 2014. Dr. Boom announced this summer that Houston Methodist plans to invest more than $1 billion over the next three years on expanding and replacing its current facilities.

Marna P. Borgstrom. CEO of Yale-New Haven (Conn.) Hospital. Ms. Borgstrom joined Yale-New Haven Hospital in 1979 and has served as CEO of since 2005. She also serves as president and CEO of Yale-New Haven Health System. Ms. Borgstrom is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a lecturer in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Yale School of Public Health. In January, the University of New Haven awarded Ms. Borgstrom with an honorary doctor of business administration degree.

Akram Boutros, MD. President and CEO of The MetroHealth System (Cleveland). Dr. Boutros joined MetroHealth in June 2013 as president and CEO. He has more than 20 years of leadership experience and previously served as president of BusinessFirst Healthcare Solutions, a healthcare advisory firm. Dr. Boutros is an internist and earned his medical degree at the State University of New York Health Sciences Center in Brooklyn. He also graduated from Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program.

Richard C. Breon. President and CEO of Spectrum Health System (Grand Rapids, Mich.). Mr. Breon was appointed president and CEO of Spectrum Health System in 2000, but he has served in healthcare administration for more than three decades. As president and CEO, Mr. Breon oversees 11 hospitals, 170 ambulatory and service sites and 1,938 licensed beds systemwide. In addition to his roles at Spectrum, Mr. Breon also serves on WellCare Health Plans' board of directors.

Lynn Britton. President and CEO of Mercy (St. Louis). Mr. Britton was appointed president and CEO of Mercy in 2009, prior to which he served as senior vice president and vice president for Mercy's supply chain operating division. As CEO, Mr. Britton oversees more than 30 acute-care hospitals, four heart hospitals, two children's hospitals, three rehab hospitals, one orthopedic hospital and nearly 700 clinic and outpatient facilities. Mr. Britton also serves on the CHRISTUS Board of Directors.

Kevin Brown. President and CEO of Piedmont Healthcare (Atlanta). Mr. Brown was named president and CEO of Piedmont, a five-hospital health system, in May 2013. As a system, Piedmont served nearly 2 million people last year. Mr. Brown created a Stewardship Leadership Team that meets twice monthly to ensure Piedmont is making every effort to optimize and stretch every dollar to align with the system's mission. Before joining Piedmont, Mr. Brown served as CEO of Swedish Health Services in Seattle.

Catherine Buck, MSN, RN. President of Froedtert Hospital (Milwaukee). Ms. Buck joined Froedtert in 1982 where she has held a number of roles including executive vice president and COO. She was named president in 2010. Before joining Froedtert, Ms. Buck worked as a staff nurse in Chicago at Swedish Covenant Hospital, Rush Presbyterian St. Luke's and the University of Chicago Medical Center. Ms. Buck was named a Corporate Executive Woman of Influence in 2011 by Business Journal.

Jim Burkhart. President and CEO of Tampa (Fla.) General Hospital. Mr. Burkhart became Tampa General Hospital's president and CEO in March 2013, before which he was president and CEO of Shands Jacksonville (Fla.) Medical Center. At Tampa General, Mr. Burkhart oversees 1,018 licensed beds and approximately 6,600 employees. Mr. Burkhart is also a Safety Net Hospital Alliance of Florida board member and a Florida Hospital Association Board of Trustees member.

Vincent G. Capece, Jr. President and CEO of Middlesex Hospital (Middletown, Conn.). Since joining Middlesex Hospital in 1998, Mr. Capece has held a number of executive roles including senior vice president and COO, senior vice president of finance and operations, vice president of finance and CFO, and now CEO. Mr. Capece is currently a board member of VHA Northeast, the Middlesex County Community Foundation and is the first vice chairman of the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce.

Patrick Christiansen, PhD. CEO of Inova Fairfax Medical Campus (Falls Church, Va.). Since June 2012, Dr. Christiansen has served as CEO of Inova Fairfax Medical Campus, leading the campus' four hospitals — Inova Fairfax Hospital, Inova Women's Hospital, Inova Children's Hospital and Inova Heart and Vascular Institute. As CEO, Dr. Christiansen oversees more than 1,700 licensed beds and 16,000 employees. Under his leadership, all of Inova's hospitals were recognized this year by U.S. News & World Report as either a Best National Hospital or Best Regional Hospital.  

James Cole. President and CEO of Virginia Hospital Center (Arlington). Mr. Cole joined Virginia Hospital Center in 1985 and became president and CEO in 1994. Under his leadership, the hospital has earned many prestigious awards and recognitions, including being named as one of America's 100 Top Hospitals and 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics. Mr. Cole himself has also received many awards for his healthcare leadership prowess, as he was named one of the Washington Business Journal's 50 Most Admired CEOs in 2013 and was elected to the Arlington Business Hall of Fame by the Chamber of Commerce this year.

Michael D. Connelly, JD. President and CEO of Mercy Health (Cincinnati). Mr. Connelly has served as president and CEO of Mercy Health since 1995. Before joining Mercy Health, Mr. Connelly was regional executive/CEO of Daughters of Charity National Health System-West in Los Altos Hills, Calif. Since taking the reins at Mercy Health, the system's assets have grown from $1 billion to about $6 billion and its community benefit commitments grew from 5 percent of revenue to 10.5 percent of revenue annually. Mr. Connelly earned a master's degree in health services administration from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and his JD from DePaul University College of Law.

Craig Cordola. CEO of Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center (Houston). Mr. Cordola became CEO of Memorial Herman-TMC in 2010, after serving as assistant vice president for seven years and then CEO of Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. Mr. Cordola is associate dean for hospital affairs at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Medical School. He also serves on The Immunization Partnership's advisory committee.

Steven J. Corwin, MD. CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (New York City). From 2005 until his appointment as CEO in 2011, Dr. Corwin served as executive vice president and COO of NewYork-Presbyterian, a major international and regional referral center that is ranked among top in the U.S. and first in the New York City metropolitan area by U.S. News & World Report. It is among the largest hospitals and busiest in the world with more than 21,000 employees, 2,600 hospital beds and $4.3 billion in total revenues. A cardiologist and internist, Dr. Corwin has received the Northwestern University Alumni Award, among other honors.

Delos "Toby" Cosgrove, MD. President, Director and CEO of Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Cosgrove has been with the Cleveland Clinic since 1975 and was named president and CEO in 2004. Dr. Cosgrove oversees a $6.2 billion healthcare system including the Cleveland Clinic, eight community hospitals, 16 family health and ambulatory surgery centers, Cleveland Clinic Florida, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Cleveland Clinic Toronto, and Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.

Kenneth L. Davis, MD. President and CEO of The Mount Sinai Health System (New York City). Dr. Davis was appointed CEO of The Mount Sinai Medical Center in 2003, prior to which he served as Chair of Mount Sinai's Department of Psychiatry for 15 years. In September 2013, Dr. Davis became CEO and president of the Mount Sinai Health System. Dr. Davis has authored or co-authored more than 575 scientific articles, making him one of the most highly cited researchers in the field of brain diseases.

Lloyd H. Dean. President and CEO of Dignity Health (San Francisco). Since 2000, Mr. Dean has served as president and CEO of Dignity Health, one of the nation's largest healthcare systems with a 20-state network of 9,000 physicians, 56,000 employees and more than 400 care centers. He is responsible for Dignity's $14 billion in assets and is a strong advocate for healthcare reform. Mr. Dean was appointed to the California Healthcare Cost Commission charged with developing state policies to contain healthcare costs. He is on the Board of Directors for Wells Fargo & Company and Navigant Consulting.

Ronald DePinho, MD. President of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (Houston). Dr. DePinho, internationally recognized for basic and translational research in cancer and age-associated degenerative disorders, became president of MD Anderson in 2011, consistently named one of the top two cancer centers in the country by U.S. News & World Report. Prior to MD Anderson, he spent 14 years at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School. Among his honors are the American Italian Cancer Foundation Prize for Scientific Excellence, Helsinki Medal and Albert Szent-Gyorgyi Prize for Progress in Cancer Research.

Eric W. Dickson, MD. President and CEO of UMass Memorial Health Care (Worcester, Mass.). Dr. Dickson succeeded John O'Brien as president and CEO of UMass Memorial in 2013. Prior to becoming president and CEO, Dr. Dickson served as president of the subsidiary UMass Memorial Medical Group and senior associate dean at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Dickson serves on the Board of Directors for the Worcester County Food Bank.

Michael J. Dowling. President and CEO of North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System (Great Neck, N.Y.). Mr. Dowling has served as president and CEO of North Shore-LIJ since 2002, prior to which he served as the health system's executive vice president and COO. As president and CEO of North Shore-LIJ, Mr. Dowling oversees 17 hospitals, three skilled nursing facilities, nearly 400 ambulatory and physician practices, more than 48,000 employees and a $7 billion annual operating budget.

Elmer G. Ellis. President and CEO of East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System (Tyler, Texas). As president and CEO, Mr. Ellis oversees the administration of ETMC Regional Healthcare, which, with 11 acute-care hospitals, is one of the largest nonprofit healthcare systems in the nation. The East Texas Medical Center Tyler named its new emergency center the Elmer G. Ellis Trauma Center in 2011.

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. Mr. Evans served on the IU Health Board of Directors since 1997 and was chairman from 2000 to 2002. Mr. Evans is also on the Board of Directors of the Indiana Health Information Exchange, Central Indiana Corporate Partnership and BioCrossroads (Central Indiana Life Sciences Network) and was the chairman of the Indiana Hospital Association.

William Ferniany, PhD. CEO of the UAB Health System (Birmingham, Ala.). Dr. Ferniany became CEO of UAB Health System in September 2008. The health system he oversees includes UAB Hospital, one of the largest nonprofit hospitals by beds in the U.S. Dr. Ferniany has been a senior leader in healthcare since 1975 and in academic medicine since 1998. Most recently, he was with the University of Mississippi Medical Center and also previously held leadership positions at the University of Pennsylvania Health System.

John J. Finan Jr. President and CEO of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System (Baton Rouge, La.). Mr. Finan has served as president and CEO of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System since 1992 and has more than three decades of experience in healthcare leadership. As president and CEO, Mr. Finan oversees five hospitals, 1,581 licensed beds, 11,624 employees and roughly 261,000 emergency visits. As a nonprofit, Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System provided more than $39 million in unreimbursed care and community support to the underprivileged during the most recent fiscal year.

Peter S. Fine. President and CEO of Banner Health (Phoenix). Since 2000, Mr. Fine has served as president and CEO of Banner Health where he oversees 25 hospitals and other services across seven states, employing more than 39,000 people and working with approximately $5 billion dollars in annual revenue. Mr. Fine is a member of the American Hospital Association, Health Management Academy and Greater Phoenix Leadership. Before joining Banner Health, he served as executive vice president and COO of Milwaukee-based Aurora Health Care.

Barry R. Freedman. President and CEO of Einstein Healthcare Network (Philadelphia). Since assuming his role as president and CEO of Einstein Healthcare Network in 2003, Mr. Freedman has overseen over 9,000 employees, including a staff of 600 employed physicians, 450 residents and fellows and more than 1,200 affiliated physicians. Mr. Freedman formerly served as president and CEO of the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York

Patrick Fry. President and CEO of Sutter Health (Sacramento, Calif.). Between joining Sutter Health in 1982 and being named president and CEO in 2005, Mr. Fry held numerous other roles including administrative resident, executive vice president and COO. Mr. Fry is a former chair of the California Hospital Association board of directors and currently serves on the VHA board of directors. This summer, Mr. Fry was interviewed for a Forbes series entitled "Visionary Healthcare Leaders."

Teri Fontenot. President and CEO of Woman's Hospital (Baton Rouge, La.). Ms. Fontenot has served as president and CEO of Women's Hospital since 1996, overseeing the 350-bed, level III regional referral hospital for obstetrics, newborn care and women's cancer care. Prior to her current position, Ms. Fontenot served as the Women's Hospital as executive vice president and CFO. She serves on the Louisiana State University System Research and Technology Foundation and was named Businessperson of the Year in 2013 by the Baton Rouge Business Report.

Robert C. Garrett. President and CEO of Hackensack (N.J.) University Health Network. Since 2009, Mr. Garrett has served as president and CEO of Hackensack University Health Network and Hackensack University Medical Center. Mr. Garrett joined Hackensack University Medical Center in 1981 and was named executive vice president and COO in 1986. He is the immediate past chair to the New Jersey Council of Teaching Hospitals and has received a plethora of awards and recognitions.

Richard J. Gilfillan, MD. President and CEO of Trinity Health (Livonia, Mich.). Dr. Gilfillan was named president and CEO of Trinity Health, formerly CHE Trinity Health, in October 2013. In this role, he oversees a $13 billion Catholic health system that serves communities in 20 states. Previously, he served as the first director of the federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. Before being appointed to the CMMI, Dr. Gilfillan was the president and CEO of Geisinger Health Plan and executive vice president of insurance operations for Geisinger Health System.

Steven Goldstein. President and CEO of Strong Memorial Hospital and Highland Hospital (Rochester, N.Y.). In addition to leading two hospitals within the University of Rochester Medical Center, Mr. Goldstein also serves as vice president of URMC and president for long-term care at URMC. He has served as an American Hospital Association trustee and is a past chairman of the Hospital Association of New York State. He is also a professor of community and preventative medicine at the URMC School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Larry J. Goodman, MD. CEO of Rush University Medical Center (Chicago). Dr. Goodman became CEO of Rush University Medical Center in 2002. He also assumed the role of president in 2002, which he served as until September 2010. In addition to leading Rush's hospital, Dr. Goodman serves as president of Rush University, president of the Rush System for Health, and principal officer of the Rush Board of Trustees. Dr. Goodman has been published in several prestigious publications.

Gary L. Gottlieb, MD, MBA. President and CEO of Partners HealthCare (Boston). Dr. Gottlieb has been president and CEO of Partners HealthCare since 2010. In this role, he oversees approximately 60,000 employees and a total research budget of more than $1.4 billion. Under Dr. Gottlieb's leadership, Partners Healthcare received the 2014 Excellence Award for Supplier Diversity from VHA Inc., the 2014 Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Award and was recognized as one of the World's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Health Care by Fast Company.

Michael Gowder. CEO of Union General Hospital (Blairsville, Ga.). Mr. Gowder became CEO of this 35-bed hospital in 2013 after serving as its COO for 14 years. Under his guidance, the hospital has been able to recruit specialty physicians and surgeons to the rural area. Additionally, last year, the hospital received the Georgia Hospital Association's patient Safety Leaders Circle award, and The Women's Choice Award with distinction as one of America's Best 100 Hospitals for Patient Experience from WomenCertified. 

Robert I. Grossman, MD. Dean and CEO of New York University Langone Medical Center (New York City). Dr. Grossman assumed his current positions as dean and CEO of New York University Langone Medical Center in 2007. Dr. Grossman also leads the NYU School of Medicine and NYU Hospitals Center, the latter comprising Tisch Hospital, the Hospital for Joint Diseases, the Hassenfeld Pediatric Center, and the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine. As a prolific scientist, Dr. Grossman has trained more than 100 fellows and authored more than 300 publications and five books.

Jesse Peterson Hall. President of NorthShore Highland Park (Ill.) Hospital. Mr. Hall is president of the hospital and joined NorthShore as senior vice president of Evanston (Ill.) Hospital in 2002. Mr. Hall graduated from Western Australian Institute of Technology with a bachelor's in Applied Science and obtained his master's in business administration from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.

Dean M. Harrison. President and CEO of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare (Chicago). Mr. Harrison has served as president and CEO of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare, which is the parent company of Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, since 2002. Mr. Harrison oversees four hospitals, 60 ambulatory and diagnostic sites and more than 3,500 physicians as president and CEO. He was president and COO of the University of Chicago Health System before joining Northwestern.   

John Haupert. President and CEO of Grady Health System (Atlanta). Mr. Haupert holds the reins at Grady, which includes 953-bed Grady Memorial Hospital, one of the largest nonprofit hospitals by beds in the nation. The system also has six neighborhood health centers, a rehabilitation center and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Mr. Haupert joined Grady from Parkland Health in Dallas, where he served as executive vice president and CEO. Outside of his system leadership, Mr. Haupert is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and recipient of its Regent's Leadership Award, among other honors.

Diana Hendel, PharmD, CEO of Long Beach Memorial, Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach and Community Hospital Long Beach (Calif.). Dr. Hendel, a 25-year leader for MemorialCare Health System who became CEO of its three Long Beach hospitals in 2009, leads the West's second largest hospital campus and the largest one run by a woman. She is chair of California Children's Hospital Association and vice chair of Southern California Leadership Council, which includes former California governors and leading corporate CEOs. She was also named Woman of the Year by Women in Health Administration.

Robert J. Henkel. President and CEO of Ascension Health (St. Louis). Since 2012, Mr. Henkel has served as president and CEO of Ascension Health, prior to which he was the system's president of healthcare operations and COO. Mr. Henkel is a board member of the Catholic Health Association, the United Way of Greater St. Louis and the Coalition to Protect America's Health Care. He's also a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and member of the Healthcare Executives Network.

James Hinton. President and CEO of Presbyterian Healthcare Services (Albuquerque). Mr. Hinton took on his current role as president and CEO of Presbyterian Healthcare Services, New Mexico's only private nonprofit healthcare system, in July 1995. He has been with the system since 1983. Mr. Hinton has a master's degree in healthcare administration from Arizona State University. In addition to leading Presbyterian, Mr. Hinton is also the 2014 chair of the Board of Trustees of the American Hospital Association.

Leslie D. Hirsch. President and CEO of Saint Clare's Health System (Denville, N.J.). Since 2008, Mr. Hirsch has served as president and CEO of Saint Clare's Health System, prior to which he was president and CEO of Touro Infirmary in New Orleans. Mr. Hirsch served 14 years on the Board of Trustees of The Ronald McDonald House of southern New Jersey and was the recipient of their Big Heart Award. In 2013, he received the American College of Healthcare Executives-New Jersey Chapter Distinguished Service award.

Rodney F. Hochman, MD. President and CEO of Providence Health & Services (Renton, Wash.). As CEO, Dr. Hochman leads a five-state, 75,000 employee, $13 billion integrated system that includes clinics, hospitals, the full continuum services, affordable housing, a health plan, a high school and a university. Previously, Dr. Hochman served as president and CEO of Swedish Health Services in Seattle. 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.

Lars Houmann. President and CEO of Florida Hospital and Florida Division of Adventist Health System (Orlando). Mr. Houmann serves as president and CEO of Florida Hospital and the Florida Division of Adventist Health System, overseeing 22 hospitals. Mr. Houmann joined Florida Hospital in 1993 and has served in various executive capacities since then. He is an active member of the Florida Hospital Association Board of Directors and the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission Executive Committee.

Keith A. Hovan. President and CEO of Southcoast Health System (New Bedford, Mass.). Mr. Hovan joined Southcoast Hospitals Group in June 2008, became president of Southcoast Health System in 2010 and added the title of CEO in 2011. He oversees three hospitals, including Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford and Tobey Hospital in Wareham. Previously, Mr. Hovan was executive vice president and COO at Danbury (Conn.) Hospital. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Chip Hubbs. President and CEO of Memorial Hospital of Union County (Marysville, Ohio). Mr. Hubbs has served as president and CEO of this 97-bed community hospital since 2004. During that time, he has overseen many advancements and improvements at Memorial Hospital, including strategic partnerships like the Heart Partnership and Stroke Collaborative with The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Last year, Mr. Hubbs was named the Union County Business Leader of the Year. He is currently the chair-elect for the Ohio Hospital Association.

Michael Israel. President and CEO of Westchester Medical Center (Valhalla, N.Y.). Mr. Israel has led Westchester Medical Center, an 895-bed regional medical organization that includes an academic medical center, children's hospital, community hospital, two inpatient behavioral health centers, home care and other outpatient services, since August 2005. He previously served as COO of North Shore Long Island Jewish Health system in Great Neck, N.Y. Mr. Israel earned a master's degree in public health, health administration from Yale University.

Donald L. Jernigan, PhD. President and CEO of Adventist Health System (Altamonte Springs, Fla.). Dr. Jernigan has been president and CEO of Adventist Health System since February 2006. Formerly, Dr. Jernigan served as executive vice president of Adventist Health System and CEO of Florida Hospital and the Florida Division of Adventist Health System. As president and CEO of the system, Dr. Jernigan oversees 46 hospital campuses and nearly 8,400 licensed beds across 10 states, serving roughly 4.5 million people every year.

Stephen K. Jones. President and CEO of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Health System (New Brunswick, N.J.). Mr. Jones served as interim CEO for a year before assuming his current position as president and CEO in 2007. Mr. Jones oversees $1.5 billion dollars in revenue, more than 10,100 employees, 3,250 medical staff members and 1,733 beds. Mr. Jones serves on the board of trustees for the New Jersey Hospital Association and has taught hospital and health administration at Rutgers' School of Public Health, The State University of New Jersey and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey's School of Public Health.

Larry R. Kaiser, MD. President and CEO of Temple University Health System (Philadelphia). Dr. Kaiser is president and CEO of Temple University Health System and dean of Temple University School of Medicine. Dr. Kaiser is the author or co-author of 14 books and over 250 original papers and is a current or past editorial board member of the Annals of Surgery, American Journal of Surgery, the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery and various other journals.

Gary S. Kaplan, MD. Chairman and CEO of Virginia Mason Health System (Seattle). Since 2000, Dr. Kaplan, has served as chairman and CEO of the Virginia Mason Health System. He oversaw roughly 852,000 physician visits, 16,400 inpatient hospital admissions and more than 18,000 surgical procedures in 2013. Dr. Kaplan is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, the American College of Medical Practice Executives, and the American College of Physician Executives.

Richard Lofgren, MD, MPH. President and CEO of UC Health (Cincinnati). Dr. Lofgren, a board-certified internal medicine physician, became president and CEO of UC Health in December 2013. Prior to taking over the system, the University of Cincinnati's affiliated health system, Dr. Lofgren was senior vice president and chief clinical officer for University HealthSystem Consortium, an alliance of 120 academic medical centers and 300 affiliated hospitals. Dr. Lofgren completed his residency at the University of Minnesota and earned his MPH from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.

Jody L. Lomeo. President and CEO of Kaleida Health and Great Lakes Health (Buffalo, N.Y.). Mr. Lomeo was named president and CEO of Kaleida Health and the Grate Lakes Health system of Western New York in April after having served as its interim leader since January. Mr. Lomeo succeeded James R. Kaskie. Since 2006, Lomeo has overseen the ongoing integration and collaboration between Kaleida Health and Erie County Medical Center Corporation, and he served as CEO of ECMC from January 2009 through April.  

Brian E. Keeley. President and CEO of Baptist Health South Florida (Coral Gables). Mr. Keeley has been with Baptist Health South Florida for more than 30 years and currently serves as system president and CEO. Under his leadership, Baptist Health South Florida has been named as a "100 Best Company to Work For" by FORTUNE, a "100 Best Company for Working Mothers" by Working Mother magazine and a "Best Company for Workers Over 50" by AARP. Mr. Keely has served on numerous boards and committees and received many awards.

Kelby K. Krabbenhoft. President and CEO of Sanford Health (Fargo, N.D., Sioux Falls, S.D.). Mr. Krabbenhoft has served as president of Sanford Health since 1996. In 1997, he was also named CEO. As president and CEO, Mr. Krabbenhoft oversees 39 hospitals, 225 clinic locations, 1,360 physicians in 81 specialty areas and more than 26,000 employees. Previously, Mr. Krabbenhoft served as president and CEO of Freeman Health System in Joplin, Mo.

Mark R. Laret. CEO of UCSF Medical Center (San Francisco). Since 2000, Mr. Laret has served as CEO of UCSF Medical Center, including UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. Under his leadership, UCSF Medical Center reversed what had been a $60 million annual loss in 2000 to a $70 million annual gain in just five years. Prior to joining UCSF, he held leadership roles served at the UCLA Medical Center, the UCLA Medical Group and UC Irvine Medical Center.

Bruce Lawrence. President and CEO of INTEGRIS Health (Oklahoma City). Mr. Lawrence joined INTEGRIS in 2001 and later served as president of the system's Baptist and Southwest Medical Centers, both in Oklahoma. Now as president and CEO, Mr. Lawrence oversees 16 hospitals across Oklahoma. Previously, Mr. Lawrence was senior vice president and COO for Baptist Health in Montgomery, Ala., from 1995 to 2001 and served 11 years as vice president at Baptist Health System in Little Rock, Ark.

Bill Leaver. President and CEO of UnityPoint Health (Des Moines, Iowa). Mr. Leaver became president and CEO of UnityPoint Health in 2008 after having served as president and CEO at UnityPoint Health-Trinity in Rock Island, Ill., a hospital within the system. During Mr. Leaver's more than 35 years of executive healthcare experience, he has been a member of many civic and professional associations including the American College of Healthcare Executives, the Iowa Business Council and the Principal Charity Classic.

Richard Liekweg. President of Barnes-Jewish Hospital (St. Louis). Mr. Liekweg has served as group president of BJC HealthCare and president of Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital since 2009. Prior to assuming his current role, he served as CEO and associate vice chancellor for UC San Diego Medical Center. As president of Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Mr. Liekweg oversees roughly 9,215 employees, 1,315 licensed beds, 19,173 inpatient surgeries and 84,920 emergency department visits.

Steven H. Lipstein. President and CEO of BJC HealthCare (St. Louis). Since 1999, Mr. Lipstein has served as president and CEO of BJC Healthcare. Mr. Lipstein oversees 12 hospitals and health-service organizations, 26,000 employees and $4 billion in net revenues. Mr. Lipstein has served on a wide array of professional and civic boards and committees and was named "St. Louis Citizen of the Year" by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in 2013 for serving the St. Louis community with distinction.

Kevin E. Lofton. CEO of Catholic Health Initiatives (Englewood, Colo.). Mr. Lofton has served as CEO of CHI since 2003, prior to which he held several executive positions with the organization, including COO. Mr. Lofton has served in leadership capacities in many major healthcare organizations including chairman of the American Hospital Association Board of Directors, chairman of the Committee on Nominations and the Equity of Care Committee, and president of the National Association of Health Services Executives.

Stephen R. Mason. President and CEO of BayCare Health System (Clearwater, Fla.). Mr. Mason joined BayCare in 2004, with more than 30 years of healthcare experience. As CEO, he oversees 10 hospitals and more than 20,100 employees. During his time at BayCare, he has guided the system in the adoption of a population-based health model. Before coming to BayCare, Mr. Mason was the senior executive vice president and COO of Texas Health Resources in Arlington.

Steve Massey. President & CEO of Westfields Hospital and Clinic (New Richmond, Wis.). Mr. Massey became president and CEO of Westfields Hospital in 2011, and as the system's leader, he provided guidance for the integrations of the hospital, the family practice and the multispecialty clinic located on its campus. Under his leadership, Westfields was named one of the iVantage Healthstrong Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals. Before taking on his current role, Mr. Massey served as CFO at Osceola (Wis.) Medical Center and Allina Health in Minneapolis.

John D. McConnell, MD. CEO of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center (Winston-Salem, N.C.). A urologist and translational researcher by training, Dr. McConnell joined Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in November 2008, as the hospital's first CEO. Before then, he served as the executive vice president for health system affairs at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. In that role, Mr. McConnell had executive responsibility for several facilities, including the UT Southwestern faculty physician practice, its hospitals and outpatient clinics.

Gene F. Michalski. President and CEO of Beaumont Health (Royal Oak, Mich.). In September, the $3.8 billion Beaumont Health was formed through an affiliation of Michigan-based Beaumont Health System, Botsford Health Care and Oakwood Healthcare and became the state's largest healthcare system of eight hospitals with 3,337 beds, 153 outpatient sites and 42,000 employees, physicians and volunteers. Mr. Michalski was named its first president and CEO. He previously served as Beaumont Health System’s president and CEO and executive vice president and COO and was a leader at Beaumont Hospital, Troy.

Carlos Migoya. CEO of Jackson Health System (Miami). Mr. Migoya began serving as president and CEO of Jackson Health System in May 2011. In his first year leading the system, it posted an $8 million surplus, which was a significant transformation from the $82 million loss the system recorded the prior year. Before joining Jackson Health System, Mr. Migoya served as a city manager in Miami.

Ralph W. Muller. CEO of University of Pennsylvania Health System (Philadelphia). Mr. Muller joined Pennsylvania Health System in 2003, and he has served as the system's CEO for more than a decade. He came to University of Pennsylvania Health System with more than 28 years of healthcare administration experience. Mr. Muller previously served as CEO of the University of Chicago Hospitals & Health System.

Michael W. Murphy. President and CEO of Sharp HealthCare (San Diego). Mr. Murphy has more than 30 years of healthcare experience and has served as CEO of Sharp Healthcare since June 1996. As the system's leader, he oversees more than 16,000 employees, 2,600 affiliated physicians and 2,100 volunteers. Mr. Murphy previously served as chairman of the board of the Greater San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, and he is a member of the board of directors for the State of California Chamber of Commerce.

Kristen Murtos. President of Skokie (Ill.) Hospital. Since 2009, Ms. Murtos has served as CEO of Skokie Hospital, a part of Evanston, Ill.-based NorthShore University HealthSystem. As CEO, Ms. Murtos is responsible for the hospital's operations, management, strategic planning and program development. She also oversees NorthShore's corporate marketing, communication and business development activities. Ms. Murtos joined NorthShore in 1998 as vice president of its medical group.

Elizabeth G. Nabel, MD. President of Brigham and Women's Hospital (Boston). A cardiologist and biomedical researcher, Dr. Nabel is a professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston and has served as president of Brigham and Women's Hospital since 2010. Before joining Brigham and Women's Hospital, Dr. Nabel served as director of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health. One of Dr. Nabel's signature advocacy efforts has been the Red Dress Heart Truth campaign, which through innovative partnerships help raise heart awareness.

Mark R. Neaman. President and CEO of NorthShore University HealthSystem (Evanston, Ill.). Mr. Neaman has been with NorthShore University HealthSystem since 1974, and he has served as president and CEO of the system since 1992. Outside of leadership at NorthShore, Mr. Neaman has served as the chairman of the board of the Healthcare Leadership Council and on the board of governors for the American College of Healthcare Executives. In 2014, he received the Chicago Health Executives Forum Career Achievement Award.

Janice Nevin, MD, MPH. President and CEO of Christiana Care Health System (Wilmington, Del.). Dr. Nevin became president and CEO of Christiana Care in September. She was previously the CMO and chief patient safety officer at the two-hospital system that has more than 1,100 beds. A board-certified family medicine physician, Dr. Nevin serves on the American Association of Medical Colleges Health Advisory Panel and Leadership Forum and is vice chair of the fellowship advisory committee of the Health Management Academy. She earned her medical degree from Jefferson Medical College.

John H. Noseworthy, MD. President and CEO of Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minn.).  Dr. Noseworthy joined Mayo Clinic in 1990 and has served as its president and CEO since 2009. Before being appointed CEO, Dr. Noseworthy held a number of other leadership positions at Mayo Clinic, including medical director of development from 2006 to 2009. Dr. Noseworthy has also been a consultant for Mayo Clinic's department of neurology since 1992.

Sean O'Grady. President of Glenbrook Hospital (Glenview, Ill.). Mr. O'Grady oversees operations, management, strategic planning and program development at Glenbrook Hospital, which is part of Evanston, Ill.-based NorthShore University HealthSystem. He joined NorthShore in 2007 as vice president of specialty practices. Prior to joining NorthShore, Mr. O'Grady served as the vice president of operations at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. He also previously held various administrative positions at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.

Sharon O'Keefe. President of the University of Chicago Medical Center. Ms. O'Keefe has served as president and CEO of the University of Chicago Medical Center since 2011. As CEO, she has a number of responsibilities, including overseeing hospital operations and working with clinical faculty and senior management to improve patient care. Since being appointed CEO, she has led the hospital in the opening of a clinical and surgical center, called the Center for Care and Discovery, which is one of the most advanced centers of its kind in the country. Before joining University of Chicago Medical Center, Ms. O'Keefe served as president of Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Ill.

Randy Oostra. President and CEO of ProMedica Health System (Toledo, Ohio). Mr. Oostra joined ProMedica in 1997 and has served as CEO since 2006. Before joining ProMedica, Mr. Oostra had many years of healthcare leadership experience. He previously held leadership positions at St. Anthony's Health System in Alton, Ill., Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Mich., and Allina Health System in Minneapolis.

David Pate, MD, JD. President and CEO of St. Luke's Health System (Boise, Idaho). Dr. Pate has led St. Luke's, the largest private employer in Idaho and the state's only locally owned and governed health system, since September 2009. Before becoming a healthcare administrator, Dr. Pate was a practicing internist, and has also served as an adjunct professor of law at the University of Houston Law Center in its Health Law & Policy Institute. Under his leadership, St. Luke's became Idaho's first accountable care organization through the Medicare Shared Savings Program.

John Paul. President and CEO of Allegheny Health Network (Pittsburgh). Mr. Paul has served as president and CEO of Allegheny Health Network since 2011. As CEO, he started an integrated delivery system, Highmark Inc. Mr. Paul is recognized as a pioneer in health system development, and he is also known for helping UPMC in Pittsburgh overcome many challenges in the 30 years he spent with the system in various roles, including CFO and COO.

Kenneth Paulus. President and CEO of Allina Health (Minneapolis). Before being appointed CEO, Mr. Paulus held various other executive positions at Allina Health, including president and COO. During his time with Allina Health, he has led the system through joint ventures, strategic partnerships and acquisitions. Before joining Allina Health, Mr. Paulus was president and CEO of HealthOne Care System, an integrated physicians organization and a teaching and research affiliate of Harvard Medical School in Boston.  

C. Wright Pinson, MD. CEO of Vanderbilt Health System (Nashville, Tenn.). Along with being CEO of Vanderbilt Health System, Dr. Pinson holds a number of other leadership roles, including serving as deputy vice chancellor for health affairs at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. Prior to being named CEO, Dr. Pinson served as the associate vice chancellor for clinical affairs and CMO of Vanderbilt University Medical Center from 2004 to 2009.

John T. Porter, JD. President and CEO of Avera Health (Sioux Falls, S.D.). For more than 20 years, Mr. Porter has served as president and CEO of Avera Health. As CEO, he oversees more than 30 hospitals. Before being appointed CEO, Mr. Porter served as executive vice president of Avera Health. He also previously served as the system's general counsel.

Thomas M. Priselac. President and CEO of Cedars-Sinai Health System (Los Angeles). Mr. Priselac joined Cedars-Sinai Health System in 1979, and he was appointed the system's CEO in January 1994. Prior to being named CEO, Mr. Priselac served as Cedars-Sinai Health System's executive vice president, a position he began in 1988. Before joining Cedars-Sinai, Mr. Priselac held an executive leadership position at Montefiore Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Deborah A. Proctor. President and CEO of St. Joseph Health (Orange, Calif.). Since December 2004, Ms. Proctor has served as CEO of St. Joseph Health. Prior to joining St. Joseph Health, she served as chief administrative officer of Ascension Health in St. Louis. Ms. Proctor holds a bachelor's and a master's degree in nursing, and before taking on executive level healthcare positions, she was a staff nurse at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles and at Brotman Memorial Hospital in Los Angeles. Ms. Proctor was also part of the team of authors collaborating on Manual for Hospital Ethics Committees, which was published by the American Hospital Association.

Ramanathan Raju, MD. President and CEO of New York City Health and Hospitals Corp. In January, Mr. Raju was appointed president and CEO of New York Health and Hospitals Corp., which is the largest municipal healthcare system in the nation. Prior to taking on his current role, Mr. Raju served as CEO of Cook County Health and Hospitals System in Chicago. In that position, he significantly improved the system's financial status by increasing cash flow by over 100 million dollars and helping the system receive meaningful use designation for health IT advancement. Mr. Raju is vice-chair of the Greater New York Hospital Association and a member of the Board of Directors at America's Essential Hospitals and the Asian Health Care Leaders Association. In 2015, he will begin serving a three-year term on the Board of Trustees of the American Hospital Association.

Paul G. Ramsey, MD. CEO of UW Medicine (Seattle). Dr. Ramsey has served as an executive leader of UW Medicine since 1997. Along with leading the system as CEO, Dr. Ramsey serves as executive vice president for medical affairs and dean of the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. Before being appointed to his current positions, Dr. Ramsey served as chair of the UW Department of Medicine from 1990 to 1997. An internal medicine physician, Dr. Ramsey has served as an elected member of the Association of American Physicians and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

Joan K. Richards. President and CEO of Crozer-Keystone Health System (Springfield, Pa.). Ms. Richards was appointed president and CEO of Crozer-Keystone Health System in 2007. Prior to her current appointment, she served as the system's executive vice president and COO. Additionally, Ms. Richards previously managed five hospitals as the president and CEO of Crozer-Keystone Hospitals.

Scott Reiner. President and CEO of Adventist Health (Roseville, Calif.). Mr. Reiner was named president and CEO of Adventist Health in December 2013. He succeeded Robert G. Carmen, who announced his intent to retire last September. Although recently appointed CEO, Mr. Reiner wasn't new to Adventist Health. Previously, he served as executive vice president and COO and, before that, as senior vice president. Mr. Reiner has also served as CEO of Glendale Adventist Medical Center, a 515-bed facility in southern California.

Jeffrey A. Romoff. President and CEO of UPMC (Pittsburgh).  Mr. Romoff joined UPMC in 1973 and has held several leadership positions during his more than 40 years with the system. He became president of UPMC in 1992 and took on the role of CEO in 2006. As president and CEO, Mr. Romoff oversees the system's more than 62,000 employees and the No. 1 hospital in Pennsylvania, according to U.S. News and World Report.

William L. Roper, MD. CEO of UNC Health Care System (Chapel Hill, N.C.). Dr. Roper joined UNC Health Care System in 1997, and along with leading the system as its CEO, he also serves as the dean of the school of medicine and vice chancellor for medical affairs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to coming to UNC Health Care System, Dr. Roper served as senior vice president of Prudential HealthCare. He also previously served as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and as an administrator of the Health Care Financing Administration.

Paul B. Rothman, MD. CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine (Baltimore). In 2012, Dr. Rothman, a rheumatologist and molecular immunologist, became the second CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine and the 14th dean of the school of medicine. Before joining Johns Hopkins, Dr. Rothman served as dean of the Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. He also previously served as the head of internal medicine at the University of Iowa.

Amir Dan Rubin. President and CEO of Stanford Health Care (Palo Alto, Calif.). Since 2011, Mr. Rubin has lead Stanford Health Care as the system's CEO. Before joining Stanford Health, Mr. Rubin served as COO of the University of California Los Angeles Health System, where he was responsible for the operations of a number of facilities, including the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and Mattel Children's Hospital at UCLA. Prior to UCLA, Mr. Rubin served as COO for Stony Brook University Hospital in Long Island, N.Y.

Ernie Sadau. President and CEO of CHRISTUS Health (Irving, Texas). Mr. Sadau joined CHRISTUS Health in 2006 as senior vice president of patient and resident care operations, and he was appointed president and CEO of the system in March 2011. As CEO, he has a number of responsibilities, including leading the system in the development of programs to improve healthcare quality and clinical integration. Before joining CHRISTUS Health, Mr. Sadau served in various roles at Adventist Health System in La Grange, Ill., including a number of executive positions.

Steven M. Safyer, MD. President and CEO of Montefiore Medical Center (Bronx, N.Y.). Dr. Safyer joined Montefiore Medical Center in 1982, and he served as the system's senior vice president and CMO before being appointed CEO. As CEO, Dr. Safyer has strengthened Montefiore's partnership with the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, which has led to the system earning a reputation for providing outstanding specialty care. Dr. Safyer serves as the chair of the board of governors for the Greater New York Hospital Association and chair of the League of Voluntary Hospitals and Homes.

Kenneth A. Samet. President and CEO of MedStar Health (Columbia, Md.). With more than 30 years of healthcare administration experience, Mr. Samet oversees more than 30,000 associates and 6,000 affiliated physicians as MedStar's president and CEO. Before taking on his current role, he served as president and COO of MedStar from 2003 to 2008. Mr. Samet previously held various leadership positions with Medlantic Healthcare Group, which merged with Helix Health in 1998 to create MedStar.

Nancy Schlichting. CEO of Henry Ford Health System (Detroit). Ms. Schlichting joined HFHS in 1998 as senior vice president and chief administrative officer. Since then, she served as executive vice president and COO and president and CEO of Henry Ford Hospital before being named president and CEO of the system in 2003. Under her leadership, HFHS received the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 2011. Ms. Schlichting is set to retire in December 2016.

John Jay Shannon, MD. CEO of the Cook County Health & Hospitals System (Chicago). Dr. Shannon took on his current role with CCHHS in June 2014, before which he served as interim CEO for three months. He has also served as the system's chief of clinical integration. Dr. Shannon earned his medical degree from Rush Medical College in Chicago and earned specialty training in pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor. He has spent most of his career at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County in Chicago, which he joined in 1990. He has also been CMO of Parkland Health & Hospital System in Dallas.

Gary Shorb. CEO of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare (Memphis, Tenn.). Mr. Shorb joined Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare in 1990, and he has served as the system's CEO since 2001. Before joining Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, Mr. Shorb served as president of the Regional Medical Center in Memphis for four years. Prior to beginning his career in healthcare, Mr. Shorb was a project engineer with Exxon and a lieutenant commander in the United States Navy.

Douglas Silverstein. President of Evanston (Ill.) Hospital. As CEO of Evanston Hospital, which is part of Evanston, Ill.-based NorthShore University HealthSystem, Mr. Silverstein is responsible for the operations, management, strategic planning and program development at the hospital. Mr. Silverstein has been with NorthShore for more than two decades, as he joined the health system in 1992.

J. Knox Singleton. CEO of Inova Health System (Falls Church, Va.). Mr. Singleton was appointed to lead Inova Health System in 1984, when it was called the Fairfax Hospital Association. He joined the Fairfax Hospital Association as executive vice president for operations in 1983. Before joining Inova, Mr. Singleton served as the hospital director for the Hershey Medical Center of Pennsylvania State University from 1978 to 1983.

Jim Skogsbergh. President and CEO of Advocate Health Care (Downers Grove, Ill.). Mr. Skogsbergh leads Advocate Health Care, a faith-based system that has more than 250 sites of care. Previously, he was executive vice president of the Iowa Health System in Des Moines and president and CEO of Iowa Methodist, Iowa Lutheran and Blank Children's hospitals. In 2013, he received the National Healthcare Award from B'nai B'rith for his commitment to leadership and civic involvement in the healthcare industry. This year, Mr. Skogsbergh was elected chair-elect designate of the American Hospital Association's Board of Trustees. He will assume chairmanship in 2016.

Peter Slavin, MD. President of Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston). Since 2003, Dr. Slavin has served as president of Massachusetts General Hospital. Prior to taking on his current role, he served as chairman and CEO of the Massachusetts General Physicians Organization from 1999 to 2002. Before then, Dr. Slavin was president of Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.

Ronald T. Sliwinski. President and CEO of University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (Madison). Mr. Sliwinski became president and CEO of UW Hospital and Clinics in September. Prior to assuming his current role, Mr. Sliwinski served as senior vice president and COO of UW Hospital and Clinics, a role he took in 2010. He has also served in various leadership roles at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., the Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital in Hanover, N.H., and the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.  

Anthony L. Spezia. President and CEO of Covenant Health (Knoxville, Tenn.). Since 2000, Mr. Spezia has led Covenant Health as the system's CEO. Before being appointed CEO, he held various other leadership positions with the health system. Mr. Spezia is a board member of the Tennessee Hospital Association and served as chair of the American Hospital Association's section for healthcare systems in 2011.

Charles Sorenson, MD. President and CEO of Intermountain Healthcare (Salt Lake City). Since 2008, Dr. Sorenson has led Intermountain Healthcare as the system's CEO. Before assuming his role as CEO, Dr. Sorenson served as executive vice president and COO of the system, which is a position he took in 1998. Under Dr. Sorenson's leadership, Intermountain Healthcare has implemented clinical and operational best practices aimed at increasing efficiency and lowering healthcare costs.

Kevin Sowers, RN, MSN. President of Duke University Hospital (Durham, N.C.). Mr. Sowers started his career at Duke University Hospital as a nurse at the bedside and served as an oncology nurse leader in 1986. He has held administrative positions within the Duke University Health System for more than 20 years, including serving as COO, interim CEO and later CEO. During his career, Mr. Sowers has served in leadership roles within the Oncology Nursing Society at the national level and is known for his lectures and writings on leadership, cancer care and HIV, among other topics.

Richard J. Statuto. President and CEO of Bon Secours Health System (Marriottsville, Md.). Mr. Statuto has served as president and CEO of Bon Secours Health System since 2005. He previously served as the system's vice president of planning and marketing from 1987 to 1990. From 1990 until he was appointed CEO of Bon Secours Health System, Mr. Statuto worked for St. Joseph Health System in Orange, Calif.

Glenn D. Steele Jr., MD, PhD. President and CEO of Geisinger Health System (Danville, Pa.). Since 2001, Dr. Steele has served as president and CEO of Geisinger Health System. He previously served as the dean of the Pritzker School of Medicine and as vice price president for medical affairs at the University of Chicago. Dr. Steele was also the William V. McDermott Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School in Boston.

Michael C. Tarwater. CEO of Carolinas HealthCare System (Charlotte, N.C.). Mr. Tarwater joined Carolinas HealthCare System in 1981. As CEO of the system, he oversees more than 60,000 employees. Prior to joining Carolinas HealthCare System, Mr. Tarwater served as the assistant administrator at the University of Alabama Hospitals in Birmingham. He is a life member and past chairman of the board of trustees of the North Carolina Hospital Association, and he serves as chairman of the American Hospital Association's Regional Policy Board 3.

Karen Teitelbaum. President and CEO of Sinai Health System (Chicago). Ms. Teitelbaum became president and CEO of Sinai Health System in June, succeeding Alan H. Channing following his retirement. Ms. Teitelbaum joined Sinai Health System in 2007 and has had several roles in operations of Mount Sinai Hospital, Sinai Children's Hospital and Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital. Ms. Teitelbaum has served on the Young Women's Leadership Charter School board of directors and the American Hospital Association Maternal and Child Health Council.

Elaine Thompson. President and CEO of Lakeland (Fla.) Regional Health Systems. Since 2010, Ms. Thompson has served as CEO of Lakeland Regional Health System. Prior to joining the system, she served as president of Lankenau Hospital in Wynnewood, Pa. Ms. Thompson also previously served as executive vice president and COO of St. Luke's Hospital and Health Network in Coaldale, Pa.

Jeffrey E. Thompson, MD. CEO of Gundersen Lutheran Health System (La Crosse, Wis.). Since 2001, Dr. Thompson has served as CEO of Gundersen Lutheran Health System. Prior to taking on his current role, he served as executive vice president of the health system. Mr. Gundersen is a founding member of the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality.

William P. Thompson, President and CEO of SSM Health (St. Louis). Mr. Thompson joined SSM in 1980 and has served in a variety of capacities over the last three decades. He became president and CEO of SSM Health in 2011 after serving as president and COO for two years. In 1997, Mr. Thompson coauthored the book "CQI and the Renovation of an American Health System – A Culture Under Construction" with former SSM President and CEO Sister Mary Jean Ryan.

David P. Tilton. President and CEO of AtlantiCare (Egg Harbor Township, N.J.). Since 2007, Mr. Tilton has led AtlantiCare as the system's CEO. He has been with the system for more than 25 years, as he began serving as administrator of AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in 1987. Mr. Tilton served on AltantiCare Regional Medical Center's board of governors from 1995 to 2003.

Nick Turkal, MD. President and CEO of Aurora Health Care (Milwaukee). Dr. Turkal has served as president and CEO of Aurora Health Care since 2007. He held various other executive positions at Aurora Health Care before being named CEO. He previously served as president of Aurora Health Care's metro regional and as senior vice president and CMO of the system.

Bernard J. Tyson. Chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente (Oakland, Calif.). Mr. Tyson has served as CEO of Kaiser Permanente since July 2013 and assumed the role of chairman in January. Previously, he served as president and chief operating officer of Kaiser since 2010. In this role, he oversees Kaiser's annual operating revenue of more than $55 billion. He serves on the board of directors of the American Heart Association and is a former chair of the Executive Leadership Council.

Chris Van Gorder. President and CEO of Scripps Health (San Diego). Since 2000, Mr. Van Gorder has served as president and CEO of Scripps Health, a position he assumed shortly after joining the health system in 1999. As CEO, Mr. Van Gorder oversees all functions of the health system, including its hospitals, outpatient centers, and regional home health service and hospice. He also oversees more than 13,500 employees and 2,600 affiliated physicians.

Kate Walsh. President and CEO of Boston Medical Center. Ms. Walsh took the reins at BMC March 1, 2010. Before joining BMC, Ms. Walsh was an executive vice president and COO of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston for five years. She earned a master's degree in public health from Yale University and is extremely involved in the healthcare industry, as she is a member of the Massachusetts Hospital Association board, the Council of Teaching Hospitals board, the advisory board of the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, the Health Care Institute and the Boston Green Ribbon Commission. She also serves on the board of Emmanuel College and the YMCA of Greater Boston.

Allen Weiss, MD. President and CEO of Naples (Fla.) Community Hospital. Since 2006, Dr. Weiss has served as president and CEO of Naples Community Hospital. He is board certified in internal medicine, rheumatology and geriatrics, and he was in private medical practice in Naples, Fla., from 1977 to 2000. His leadership has been recognized, as he has received the Distinguished Executive of the Year award from the Collier County Women's Bar Association.

Stephen A. Williams. President and CEO of Norton Healthcare (Louisville, Ky.). Mr. Williams joined Norton Healthcare in 1977, and he has served as the system's president and CEO since 1993. He previously held a number of other leadership positions at Norton Healthcare, including executive vice president and COO from 1988 to 1993. He has led Norton Healthcare through substantial growth, and as the system's leader he oversees 12,000 employees, five hospitals, 12 immediate care centers, nearly 600 employed medical providers and more than 2,000 physicians.

Dan Wolterman. President and CEO of Memorial Hermann Healthcare System (Houston). Mr. Wolterman joined Memorial Hermann Healthcare in 1999, and he has served as the system's CEO since 2002. Prior to joining Memorial Hermann Healthcare, he served as senior vice president of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate World Health Care System. Mr. Wolterman has served as chairman of a number of organizations throughout his career, including the Greater Houston Partnership and the Texas Hospital Association board of directors.

Robert Wolterman. CEO of Ochsner Medical Center-Jefferson Highway (New Orleans). In addition to leading Ochsner's flagship hospital, Mr. Wolterman also has administrative responsibility for the Ochsner Group Practice in New Orleans. He first joined Ochsner in 2007 as vice president of operations for Ochsner Baptist Medical Center. Outside of healthcare leadership, Mr. Wolterman is a member of the executive board for the Boy Scouts of America Southeast Louisiana Council and a member of the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce. He has an MBA from Xavier University in Cincinnati.

Thomas F. Zenty III. CEO of University Hospitals (Cleveland). Mr. Zenty has served as the CEO of University Hospitals since 2003. As CEO, he oversees the system's hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and primary care offices. Prior to joining University Hospitals, he served as executive vice president of clinical services and COO at Cedars-Sinai Health System in Los Angeles.

Correction: An earlier version of this list incorrectly listed Yousuf Ahmad, DrPh, as president and CEO of Mercy Health in Cincinnati. Dr. Ahmad in fact serves as the head of Mercy's Cincinnati market, while Michael Connelly is the system's overall president and CEO. The list has been updated to include Mr. Connelly, and Dr. Ahmad's profile has been updated as well. We regret this error.

An earlier version of this list incorrectly listed Robert Laskowski, MD, MBA, as president and CEO of Christiana Care Health System. Dr. Laskowski retired from his post in September and was replaced by Janice Nevin, MD, MPH. Dr. Laskowski's profile has been removed and replaced by a profile of Ms. Nevin. We regret this error as well.

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