13 Hospital & Health System Executives to Know

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Here are 13 hospital and health system leaders recently profiled by Becker's Hospital Review. To read the full profile on each executive click "Read more" under each leader's name. Note: profiles appear in alphabetical order.

1. Donna Katen-Bahensky, CEO, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics.
Ms. Katen-Bahensky has served as president and CEO of University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison, part of UW Health, since February 2008.
Under Ms. Katen-Bahensky's tenure, UW Hospital has received recognition for its quality care and dedicated medical staff. It has also received recognition for its physician involvement and leadership, evidence-based evaluations, innovation supply-chain approaches and long-term commitment to continuous improvement. Read more.

2. Alan Channing, President and CEO, Sinai Health System. Mr. Channing has served as president and CEO of Sinai Health System in Chicago for more than seven years. Sinai Health includes Mount Sinai Hospital, Sinai Children's Hospital, Urban Sinai Health Institute and Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital. Mr. Channing told the Ohio State Alumni Magazine, "Sinai Health System is a financially challenged organization with a compelling mission and vision. My challenge is to keep it viable while continuing to provide care that is in the top decile as measured against national standards." Read more.

3. Tim Colburn, CEO, Berger Health System. After reading about the intricacies of bee colonies for several years, Mr. Colburn, CEO of Berger Health System in Circleville, Ohio, took up the hobby within the agricultural-centric Pickaway County in Ohio, where he lives. He tries to adopt one new hobby every winter, and three years ago, he finally took the dive into the beehive. Before he became engrossed in beekeeping and a part of the public-owned Berger Health, Mr. Colburn started out his professional career in finance and accounting in manufacturing on the West Coast and several other locales. Mr. Colburn eventually made his way to the Midwest in 2000 to settle down and spend more time with his wife, Amy, and his two children, Jessie and Garrett. Read more.

4. Pamela Davis, President and CEO, Edward Hospital & Health Services.
Ms. Davis has led Edward Hospital & Health Services in Naperville, Ill., through significant growth, renovations and expansions, but she may be most remembered for her willingness to fight corruption in state of Illinois. Ms. Davis was an integral aspect of a five-year investigation into Illinois corruption leading to the arrest and recent imprisonment of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich and other state officials. Read more.

5. David Feinberg, MD, MBA, President, UCLA Health System.
Dr. Feinberg has been president of UCLA Health System in Los Angeles since July 2011. He has been CEO of the hospital system and associate vice chancellor of UCLA Health Sciences since 2007. Dr. Feinberg has been committed to upholding the highest clinical standards for patient care and safety, and his primary goal is patient satisfaction. Under his tenure, UCLA Health has created a first-rate customer experience through a prescription for excellence — a focus on healing, one patient at a time. Read more.

6. Donald Fesko, OD, MBA, CEO, Community Hospital (Munster, Ind.
). Dr. Fester is the recipient of the American College of Healthcare Executives Robert S. Hudgens Award for Young Healthcare Executive of the Year is an indicator of success to come. Under Dr. Fesko's tenure, Community Hospital has seen cultural and infrastructure changes leading to improved patient satisfaction and greater teamwork among senior leadership. Read more.

7. Ruthita Fike, MA, CEO and administrator, Loma Linda University Medical Center; Executive Vice President for Hospital Affairs, Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center. Ms. Fike is an experienced leader having held at least three executive positions in healthcare as well as an executive position in the educational world. She has received recognition for her outstanding leadership by many publications, and she continues to lead hospitals and health systems through profitable years — under her tenure, LLUMC continues to thrive, and Littleton (Colo.) Adventist Hospital witnessed its most profitable years under her guidance. Read more.

8. David Hadley, CFO, Via Christi Health. When it comes to healthcare delivery providers in Kansas, no provider is larger than Via Christi Health. Via Christi Health has 12 fully or partially owned hospitals in six different Kansas cities, and it provides tens of millions of dollars in community benefits every year. Mr. Hadley is CFO of Via Christi Health and has been since November 2008. In fiscal year 2011, he helped Via Christi to reach $1.09 billion in operating revenue, and a major part of those results came from an increased focus on quality." Read more.

9. Ryan Kitchell, CFO and Executive Vice President, IU Health. Last month, Indianapolis-based Indiana University Health promoted Ryan Kitchell to executive vice president and CFO, and the state's largest healthcare system expects Mr. Kitchell to use his previous public and private sector knowledge to steer IU Health's finances in the right direction. Mr. Kitchell joined IU Health in September 2010 as senior vice president and treasurer responsible for the health system's investments, capital raising, cash management and corporate real estate. In November 2011, he became president of IU Health Plans, which is a health plan that offers four Medicare Advantage options for Medicare beneficiaries living in IU Health's 32-county service area. Read more.

10. Steve Moore, CFO, HighPoint Health System.
For any hospital CFO, becoming a part of a new system is a daunting and challenging task, but for Steve Moore, CFO of HighPoint Health System in Gallatin, Tenn., it has been an opportunity. In September 2010, Brentwood, Tenn.-based LifePoint Hospitals acquired HighPoint Health, then known as Sumner Regional Health Systems, for $145 million. In honor of Mr. Moore's work integrating the health system into LifePoint, LifePoint presented him with the LifePoint Hospitals 2011 CFO of the Year award. Read more.

11. Ann Madden Rice, CEO, UC Davis Medical Center. When Ms. Rice was 16 years old, she got a taste — almost literally — of her first job. She worked in the kitchen of Mercy Medical Center in Mason City, Iowa, where her mom was also a nurse. Ms. Rice was grateful she even had a job — work opportunities for high school students were scarce at the time — but little did she know her modest kitchen job in at the local community hospital would be a training, of sorts, for the rest of her professional financial career.
For the past five years, Ms. Rice has been the CEO of University of California Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, a 631-bed teaching hospital with an annual budget of more than $1 billion. Ms. Rice didn't make the jump from kitchen attendant to academic medical center CEO in one fell swoop — she has more than 20 years of hospital C-level experience, mostly as CFO — but her home state of Iowa was where her career first took off. Read more.

12. Paul R. Summerside, MD, MMM, CMO and Chief Compliance Officer, BayCare Clinic. Dr. Summerside, CMO and chief compliance officer of BayCare Clinic in Green Bay, Wis., is not one to give up easily. Not when he has to arrive at a golf course before 5 a.m. to get tee time — which led him to build his own golf course — or when he's called the "devil incarnate" for his beliefs about hospital quality — which lead him to build his own hospital. As an emergency physician at Aurora BayCare Medical Center and a leader of one of the top health systems in the nation, Dr. Summerside is accustomed to facing challenges head on and persevering until he reaches his goal. Read more.

13. Carolyn Wilson, RN, President, University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview.
Ms. has been the president of the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview in Minneapolis since 2011. Ms. Wilson oversees the operations of the medical center, the Amplatz Children's Hospital and the integrated clinical service lines including cardiovascular, mothers' and children's, oncology and behavioral. Before serving as University of Minnesota Medical Center president, Ms. Wilson was the COO and associate dean for the University of Chicago Medical Center, where she held a variety of leadership roles over a period of 13 years. Read more.

More Articles on Healthcare Leaders:

CEO David Feinberg: Prescription for Excellence
CEO Pamela Davis: Hospital Leader, Corruption Fighter
CFO David Hadley: Bringing Quality Financial Strategy to the Sunflower State

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