15 Hospital CEOs & CFOs to Know

Here are 15 hospital and health system CEOs and CFOs 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. Douglas Arnold, CEO, Helen Keller Hospital, Sheffield, Ala. Mr. Arnold was named CEO of Helen Keller Hospital in July 2011. Since his appointment, he has focused on continuing the hospital's tradition and mission of offering quality patient care. Read more.

2. Vincent Caponi, MBA, FACHE, CEO, St. Vincent Health in Indianapolis. Mr. Caponi joined St. Vincent as CEO in September 1998. He leads the integrated healthcare network of 19 facilities serving 46 counties in Indiana. His dedication to leading St. Vincent is evident in the growth the system has experienced under his leadership. Read more.

3. Larry Cash, Executive Vice President and CFO, Community Health Systems, Franklin, Tenn. Mr. Cash has been with CHS since 1997, and his healthcare financial career has now spanned nearly four decades. From 1973 to 1996, Mr. Cash held executive financial positions at other healthcare entities, including Columbia/HCA Healthcare (now known as Nashville, Tenn.-based Hospital Corporation of America), Humana and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Read more.

4. Delos "Toby" Cosgrove, MD, President and CEO of Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. Dr.  Cosgrove is a healthcare leader and advocate. As CEO, Dr. Cosgrove oversees a $5 billion healthcare system consisting of Cleveland Clinic, nine community hospitals, 15 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. Read more.

5. Gail Hanson, Senior Vice President and CFO, Aurora Health Care, Milwaukee. Ms. Hanson knows that effective operations at any hospital or health system revolve around understanding financial results, but she said she sees the value of "doing things right the first time." Read more.

6. Eddie Klein, CFO, Johnston Health, Smithfield, N.C. Mr. Klein is approaching his one-year anniversary since becoming CFO of Johnston Health in Smithfield, N.C., and his impact is already being felt. In the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, 2011, the health system's earnings before interest, depreciation and amortization, or EBIDA, increased 107 percent from $7.9 million in 2010 to $16.33 million in 2011. Read more.

7. Mark Krieger, Vice President and CFO, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis. Mr. Krieger became CFO of Barnes-Jewish in 2004, but it was a line of bakery companies that gave him his professional financial foundation. Before joining Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Mr. Krieger was CFO of Sara Lee Bakery Group in St. Louis. Previously, it was known as The Earthgrains Company, which was a $2.5 billion packaged baked goods company and the second largest player in the U.S. bakery market when Sara Lee acquired it in 2001. Read more.

8. Phyllis Lantos, CFO, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, New York City. Ms. Lantos has been CFO of NewYork-Presbyterian since 2000, where she is responsible for all financial matters related to the hospital, including financial reporting, financial planning, revenue cycle, budget, reimbursement, cost accounting, financing, insurance and managed care. Read more.

9. Robert Laskowski, MD, MBA, President and CEO, Christiana Care Health System, Wilmington & Newark, Del. Dr. Laskowski leads Christiana Care as CEOAs president and CEO, Dr. Laskowski has not only led Christiana Care in embracing innovative programs to transform care and give great value to patients, but also in offering services to benefit the northern Delaware community in general. Read more.

10. C. Michael Rutherford, CFO, Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio. With more than 30 years of experience in healthcare finance, C. Michael Rutherford has helped numerous health systems remain fiscally viable, and for the past year, he has been the CFO of the Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University in Columbus — one of the largest academic medical centers in the country. Read more.

11. Diana Smalley, FACHE, Regional President, Mercy's West Communities, Oklahoma. As regional president, Ms. Smalley oversees Oklahoma hospitals and clinics. During her tenure, she has encouraged Mercy Health hospitals, like Mercy Health Center in Oklahoma City, to offer quality care while improving technology and maintaining environmental sustainability. Read more.

12. Jamey Stoner, CFO, Lake Normal Regional Medical Center, Mooresville, N.C. Mr. Stoner has been at Lake Norman Regional for the past 11 years, starting as an assistant CFO. In 2004, he was promoted to his current role. Health Management Associates, the Naples, Fla.-based for-profit hospital operator, last month, named Mr. Stoner as "CFO of the Year" among all its facilities. Read more.

13. Debra Sukin, CEO of St. Luke's The Woodlands (Texas) Hospital and St. Luke's Lakeside Hospital in Woodlands. As CEO of St. Luke's The Woodlands, Ms. Sukin oversees multiple healthcare facilities on one campus: Texas Children's Hospital, The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and the Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital. Read more.

14. Elaine Thompson, PhD, President and CEO, Lakeland (Fla.) Regional Medical Center.
Ms. Thompson oversees the 851-bed Lakeland Regional Medical Center that houses one of the busiest single-site emergency rooms in the state, as well as a Level II trauma center and a Level II neonatal intensive care unit. Read more.

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