CEO Dawn Rudolph: The Powerful Woman Leader of Saint Thomas Hospital

Dawn Rudolph has served as president and CEO of Saint Thomas Hospital in Nashville, Tenn., since November 2010. She is the only female hospital CEO in Nashville. 

Ms. Rudolph started her healthcare career in 1990 at St. Joseph Hospital in Fort Wayne, Ind. In 2000, she became the support services team leader at Dupont Hospital in Fort Wayne and eventually advanced to be COO at that hospital. In 2009, she returned to St. Joseph hospital as CEO, a position she held until she became CEO of Saint Thomas Hospital.

Since Ms. Rudolph took the reins at Saint Thomas Hospital, the hospital has grown and received recognition. Saint Thomas Hospital was named as one of the top 100 hospitals in the nation by Thomson Reuters in 2012. Ms. Rudolph has also worRudolphked to expand the hospital's service lines. She oversaw the opening of Saint Thomas' ventricular assist device center, one of only 33 such centers in the U.S. "Saint Thomas Hospital has been Middle Tennessee's cardiac leader for more than 30 years," Ms. Rudolph said in a hospital press release. "We are continuing that tradition."

Ms. Rudolph's accomplishments at Saint Thomas Hospital have not gone unnoticed. She was recognized as one of Nashville Post's Most Powerful Women in 2012 and was named a 2012 Women to Watch Honoree by Nashville Medical News. Also, Becker's Hospital Review named Ms. Rudolph to its 2012 list of 100 Leaders of Great Hospitals and its 2012 list of 120 Women Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know.

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