President Valinda Rutledge: Taking Innovation From CMS to Jewish Hospital

Valinda Rutledge has served as president of Jewish Hospital in Louisville, Ky., since July 2012. She also serves as the leader of KentuckyOne Health's Louisville market. KentuckyOne is Jewish Hospital's parent company.

Prior to joining Jewish Hospital and KentuckyOne Health, Ms. Rutledge was the director of the Patient Care Models Group for CMS' Center of Innovation. There, she developed and led the National Bundled Payment. In October 2012, she gave Becker's Hospital Review four strategies on how to innovate within a hospital's market. One of them was to remain focused. "If you're all over the board trying to do 20 different initiatives, you're not going to do anything well. Figure out the core competencies of the organization and figure out which project gives you those competencies," she said.

One area that Jewish Hospital seems to be focused on is expanding and updating its operating rooms. In December 2012, KentuckyOne Health announced plans to build a $5 million hybrid operating room and resuscitation center.

In recognition of her years of excellent healthcare leadership, Becker's Hospital Review named Ms. Rutledge on its list of 120 Women Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know and its list of 300 Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know in 2012.

Ms. Rutledge will be a speaker at the Becker's Hospital Review 4th Annual Meeting, May 9-11, in Chicago. For more information on the event, or to register, please click here.

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