130 Hospital and Healthcare System CEOs to Know

Here are 130 notable hospital and healthcare system CEOs to know.

Joel T. Allison (Baylor Health Care System, Dallas). Since 2000, Mr. Allison has been president and CEO of Baylor Health Care System, which includes eight hospitals and four specialty hospitals throughout Texas. His entire career encompasses approximately 30 years of work in the healthcare industry. He first joined Baylor in 1993 as the senior executive vice president and COO before being promoted to president and CEO. Mr. Allison is also a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and is involved with numerous organizations, such as the Healthcare Leadership Council and the National Quality Forum.

Ron J. Anderson, MD (Parkland Health and Hospital System, Dallas). Dr. Anderson, an internist, has been CEO of Parkland Health and Hospital System for 28 years. The system, which includes 968-bed Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, is a major teaching institute and delivers more babies under one roof than any other hospital in the nation. Dr. Anderson has been a leading national advocate of the medically underserved. From 1985 to 1986, he played a major role in the passage of Texas and federal legislation to ban patient dumping and has served on the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured since 1992.

Ingo Angermeier (Spartanburg (S.C.) Regional Healthcare System). Mr. Angermeier is president and CEO of Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, which is comprised of three hospitals and more than 5,000 employees. Mr. Angermeier has coined himself as a "fixer-upper" for healthcare facilities and he has more than 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry, working in general and teaching hospitals as well as multi-specialty group practices in urban and rural settings. He previously served as CEO at Louisiana State University Medical Center in Shreveport from 1995 to 2001.

Marna P. Borgstrom (Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, Conn.). Ms. Borgstrom, president and CEO of Yale-New Haven Hospital, also heads Yale-New Haven Health System, the hospital's parent. In office since 2005, she is the first woman to run the organization. She has held numerous executive positions from 1985 up to her appointment to president and CEO. Ms. Borgstrom joined Yale-New Haven Hospital in 1979 as an administrative fellow, has been a director of VHA since May 2009 and is chair of the Connecticut Hospital Association Board of Trustees.

Richard M. Bracken (Hospital Corporation of America, Nashville, Tenn.). Mr. Bracken is the chairman and CEO of HCA, which operates a chain of 163 hospitals across the country. He started his career with HCA in 1981 and has filled several executive roles within the company, including CEO of the Green Hospital of Scripps Clinic in San Diego and Centennial Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn. He has also served on various professional and community boards, such as the California Hospital Association and the Federation of American Hospitals.

Richard Breon (Spectrum Health, Grand Rapids, Mich.). Mr. Breon is president and CEO of Spectrum Health, the parent organization of Butterworth Hospital, and has served in this role since 2000. The system includes nine hospitals and physician groups totaling more than 600 providers. In his role, he is also responsible for the oversight of Priority Health, a health plan with 600,000 members.

Ruth W. Brinkley (Carondelet Health Network, Tucson, Ariz.). Ms. Brinkley is president and CEO of Carondelet Health Network, which operates four hospitals in Southern Arizona. As president and CEO, she also serves as west ministry market leader for Ascension Health, supervising the faith-based missions of hospitals in several western states. Ms. Brinkley previously served as CEO of Memorial Health Care System in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Lynn Britton (Sisters of Mercy Health System, Chesterfield, Mo.). Mr. Britton has been president and CEO of Sisters of Mercy Health System since Jan. 2009. The health system consists of 18 acute-care hospitals across seven states, including Oklahoma and Missouri, and employs approximately 4,000 physicians. He joined Sisters of Mercy in 1992 and has since held various executive positions, including senior vice president for the health system's information services.

George J. Brown, MD (Legacy Health, Portland, Ore.). Dr. Brown, a gastroenterologist, assumed his position as president and CEO of Legacy Health in Aug. 2008. The system consists of two regional hospitals, three community hospitals, a children's hospital and several clinics and health centers. The health system has been working with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement on setting and achieving patient safety and quality goals.

Michael Browder (Essent Healthcare, Nashville, Tenn.). Mr. Browder is president and CEO of Essent Healthcare, which owns and operates hospitals in Massachusetts, Texas, Pennsylvania and Connecticut. He has worked with the company since 2001, shortly after Essent acquired its first hospital. Prior to becoming CEO of Essent, he served as executive vice president and CFO. Before joining Essent, Mr. Browder was senior vice president and CFO for TMC HealthCare, based in Tucson, Ariz.

Warren S. Browner, MD (California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco). Dr. Browner, an internist, became CEO of California Pacific Medical Center in April 2009. The 382-bed hospital has a medical staff of more than 1,500 physicians and allied health practitioners. Dr. Browner arrived at the medical center in 2000 as the first scientific director of its research institute and then became vice president for academic affairs. As CEO, Dr. Browner still maintains his post as director of the research institute and continues research to identify genetic markers to slow the aging process.

Michael Bryant (Methodist Health Services, Peoria, Ill.). Mr. Bryant is president and CEO of Methodist Health Services and has held this position since July 1999. Methodist Health Services includes Methodist Medical Center, a 353-bed hospital also located in Peoria, Ill., with approximately 600 board-certified physicians on its staff. Mr. Bryant is also co-chair of the Heart of Illinois United Way Campaign and co-founded PeoriaNEXT, a consortium of research-based institutions including Bradley University, University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria and Methodist Medical Center.

Jim Budzinski (WellStar Health System, Atlanta). Mr. Budzinski is the acting president and CEO, executive vice president and CFO for WellStar Health System. He joined the system in 2008 as CFO. Prior to his appointment with WellStar Health, Mr. Budzinski was senior vice president and CFO at six-hospital St. John's Health System in Springfield, Mo.

Kevin Burns (University Medical Center, Tucson, Ariz.). Mr. Burns was CFO at University Medical Center from 2002 to 2010, and was then named president and CEO. In that time, he shepherded the medical center through three bond issues totaling $254 million to support expansions. "We're well-positioned to go into this decade. We have a great organization with excellent staff," he told the Arizona Daily Star in February.

Gary Campbell (Centura Health, Englewood, Colo.). Since July 2008, Mr. Campbell has served as president and CEO of Centura Health, which is the largest health system in Colorado, operating 12 hospitals. He has worked in executive leadership positions in the healthcare industry for more than 30 years, including as senior vice president and groups executive officer of Catholic Health Initiatives, based in Denver.

Vincent C. Caponi (St. Vincent Health, Indianapolis, Ind.). Mr. Caponi joined St. Vincent Health in Sept. 1998, the same year the health system was formed. St. Vincent, which includes 20 hospitals located around the state, is a member of Ascension Health, the country's largest Catholic healthcare system. Mr. Caponi came to St. Vincent Health from St. Vincent's Hospital in Birmingham, Ala., where he served as president and CEO.

William F. Carpenter, III (LifePoint Hospitals, Brentwood, Tenn.). After serving as the executive vice president of LifePoint Hospitals for two years, Mr. Carpenter was appointed as CEO and president in June 2006. Prior to these executive roles, Mr. Carpenter worked for the company in various capacities, including as general counsel and secretary, corporate governance office and senior vice president. Currently, he serves as chair of the Federation of American Hospitals' board of directors.

Alan H. Channing (Sinai Health System, Chicago, Ill.). Mr. Channing is president and CEO of Sinai Health System. He has continuously worked to bring the community element back into hospitals and is an activist for reducing disparities in urban healthcare. Mr. Channing is on the executive committee of the Illinois Hospital Association. The system includes 320-bed Mount Sinai Hospital, along with Sinai Children's Hospital, Sinai Medical Group, a rehabilitation hospital and a community health institutes.

Toby Cosgrove, MD (Cleveland (Ohio) Clinic). Dr. Cosgrove, a thoracic surgeon, became CEO of the Cleveland Clinic in 2006 and has put this institution front-and-center ever since. He re-organized clinical services into institutes, based on organs and diseases, and has taken many steps to improve the health of his 40,000 employees. He presides over a $5 billion healthcare system comprised of the Cleveland Clinic, 10 hospitals and 15 family health and ambulatory surgery centers. He has also made a name as a heart surgeon, having filed 30 patents for products used in surgery.

Susan Croushore (The Christ Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio). As president and CEO of The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, Ms. Croushore has focused on workforce retention and quality improvement. The 555-bed hospital includes more than 1,000 physicians and has been serving patients for more than 120 years. Ms. Croushore previously served as CEO of Jeanes Hospital-Temple University Health System in Pennsylvania and was trained as a microbiologist.

Lloyd H. Dean (Catholic Healthcare West, San Francisco). As president and CEO of Catholic Healthcare West, Mr. Dean is responsible for $11 billion in assets and overseeing the management, strategy and direction of CHW's healthcare system, which is made up of 41 acute-care hospitals along with clinics and home health organizations in California, Arizona and Nevada. He has held executive positions at Advocate Health Care and Upjohn Company, and chairs many prestigious advocacy groups and organizations.

Ralph de la Torre, MD (Steward Health Care System, Brighton, Mass.). Dr. de la Torre, a cardiac surgeon, became president and CEO of Caritas Christi Health Care System in April 2008. At the end of 2010, Caritas was acquired by private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management and was renamed Steward Health Care System. The system has recently announced plans to expand nationally. Before joining Caritas Christi, Dr. de la Torre was founder, president and CEO of the Cardiovascular Institute and Cardiovascular Management Associates at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

Michael J. Dowling (North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, Manhasset, N.Y.). As president and CEO of North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, Mr. Dowling is responsible for leading the largest healthcare system in New York with revenues in excess of $4.5 billion. The health system is made up of 15 hospitals, 17 long-term care centers and dozens of other facilities. He became president and CEO in Jan. 2002 and previously worked as the health system's executive vice president and COO.

Michael E. Duggan (Detroit (Mich.) Medical Center). Mr. Duggan has been president and CEO of Detroit Medical Center since Jan. 2004. He led the medical center to its first profit since 1997. His other accomplishments at Detroit Medical Center include launching the 29-minute emergency guarantee initiative and leading eight hospitals to the use of electronic medical records. Under his leadership in 2008, all Detroit Medical Center hospitals were accredited by The Joint Commission. He has also helmed the organization as it moves forward with its acquisition by Vanguard Health Systems.

Victor J. Dzau, MD (Duke University Health System, Durham, N.C.). Dr. Dzau, a cardiologist, has been chancellor for health affairs at Duke University and president and CEO of Duke University Health System since 2004. Before coming to Duke, Dr. Dzau was chairman of the department of medicine, physician-in-chief and director of research at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

Pat Farrell (Henrico Doctors' Hospital, Richmond, Va.). In addition to being CEO of Henrico Doctors' Hospital, Mr. Farrell is the market lead for the Central Virginia market of Hospital Corporation of America's Capital Division, which encompasses 6,700 employees, six hospital campuses, two ambulatory surgery centers and several outpatient diagnostic and treatment centers. Mr. Farrell is a member of the Virginia Health Care Association Regional Policy Council and a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

David T. Feinberg, MD (UCLA Health System, Los Angeles). Dr. Feinberg, a psychiatrist, has been CEO of UCLA Health System since 2007. Triple board-certified in child and adolescent psychiatry, adult psychiatry and addiction psychiatry, he joined the UCLA faculty in 1994, eventually entering administration as medical director at UCLA's Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital. Under his leadership, patient satisfaction scores have increased dramatically and the hospital stands in the 99th percentile in many areas, according to independent national surveys.

Trevor Fetter (Tenet Healthcare, Dallas). Mr. Fetter became president and CEO of Tenet Healthcare in Sept. 2003. He first joined the company in 1995 and has since filled various executive positions, such as executive vice president, CFO and a member of the office of president. During this time, he supervised Tenet's corporate finance, law, information systems, human resources, communications and administration. He was also involved in strategic initiatives, acquisitions and new ventures.

Peter S. Fine (Banner Health, Phoenix, Ariz.).
Mr. Fine has been president and CEO of Banner Health since Nov. 2000. Banner Health is one of the nation's largest non-profit healthcare organizations, with hospitals and other services spread across seven states and employing more than 35,000 people. Mr. Fine previously served as executive vice president and COO of Aurora Health Care in Milwaukee.

Georgia Fojtasek (Allegiance Health, Jackson, Mich.). Ms. Fojtasek is president and CEO of Allegiance Health, a regional healthcare provider that operates 40 facilities across six counties in Michigan. Previously, she was senior vice president and COO of Allegiance. Ms. Fojtasek is a delegate to the American Health Association Regional Policy Board and serves on the boards of the Enterprise Group of Jackson and the Michigan Health & Hospital Association. She is also a chairperson of Voluntary Hospitals of America Central Region and serves on the governance and trustee emeritus committees of the Jackson Community Foundation.

Patrick Fry (Sutter Health, Sacramento, Calif.). Mr. Fry joined Sutter Health in 1982 as an administrative resident at Sutter General Hospital, working his way up the ranks until he landed the position of president and CEO of the 24-hospital system. Mr. Fry is a member of the American College of Health Care Executives (ACHE), the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) and the Leadership Institute. He was also elected chair of the California Hospitals Association board of trustees for 2010.

Steven G. Gabbe, MD (Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio).
Dr. Gabbe is CEO of Ohio State University Medical Center and senior vice president for health sciences. He took his position in July 2008, as the medical center was developing plans for the largest physical expansion in its history: a $1 billion project that is slated for completion in 2016. He was dean of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tenn., from 2001 to 2008 and, prior to that, was chair of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle.

Patricia Gabow, MD (Denver Health, Denver.). Dr. Gabow, a nephrologist, is CEO of Denver Health, which consists of a 477-bed hospital and a teaching institute affiliated with the University of Colorado. The system also includes a network of clinics in schools and neighborhoods, the public health department and the 911 response system for the city and county of Denver. Dr. Gabow joined Denver Health in 1973 as chief of the renal division.

Robert Garrett (Hackensack (N.J.) University Medical Center). Mr. Garrett has served as president and CEO of the 775-bed Hackensack University Medical Center since Nov. 2009. As CEO, Mr. Garrett has been creditred for strengthening comminucation and partnerships by creating a culture of transparency and credibility within Hackensack University Medical Center. Before taking on this leadership role, Mr. Garrett served as the executive vice president and COO since 1986 after first joining the hospital in 1981.

Ron Girotto (Methodist Hospital System, Houston). In addition to serving as president and CEO of Methodist Hospital in Houston, Mr. Girotto is also CEO of the hospital's parent, the Methodist Hospital System. He was named acting CEO in 2001 and became full-time CEO in 2002. Before then, he served in a variety of executive positions in the system since joining in 1977. He has a graduate degree in banking from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, completed coursework in federal income tax from the University of Houston and took courses in financial management and strategy in healthcare from Harvard University in Boston.

Larry J. Goodman, MD (Rush University Medical Center, Chicago). Dr. Goodman, an internist, has been president and CEO of Rush University Medical Center in Chicago since 2002. The organization consists of a 613-bed hospital and a medical school. In 2006 he began the "Rush Transformation," a $1 billion project to rebuild large parts of the medical center, which is projected to be completed by 2016. Previous executive positions at Rush include associate dean for medical student programs, director of the division of specialized training programs, director of inter-institutional affairs, senior vice president for medical affairs and dean of the medical school.

Brett Gosney (Animas Surgical Hospital, Durango, Colo.).
Mr. Gosney is the founder and CEO of Animas Surgical Hospital, the first physician-owned hospital in the state of Colorado. Mr. Gosney is a well-known advocate for physician-owned hospitals, particularly since as he is the immediate past president of Physician Hospitals of America.

Gary Gottlieb, MD (Partners Health System, Boston). Dr. Gottlieb, a psychiatrist, has been president and CEO of Partners Health System, one of the leading institutions in the nation in terms of quality, research and training, since Jan. 2010. Partners Health System is the parent company of 26 hospitals, including Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, both in Boston. Dr. Gottlieb also served as the executive vice chair and interim chair for University of Pennsylvania's department of psychiatry and associate dean for managed care for the university's health system.

Robert I. Grossman, MD (NYU Langone Medical Center, New York City). While serving as CEO of NYU Langone Medical Center, Dr. Grossman is also dean of the NYU School of Medicine. He joined NYU in 2001 as chairman of the department of radiology. He was previously chief of neuroradiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Dr. Grossman recently received the gold medal of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and was given the Distinguished Graduate Award by the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

Dean Gruner, MD (ThedaCare, Appleton, Wis.).
Dr. Gruner, a family physician, is president and CEO of ThedaCare, which is made up of four hospitals and a physicians' group throughout central Wisconsin. He was one of the founding physicians of the Touchpoint health plan, which ThedaCare and investing physicians sold to UnitedHealthcare in 2004. He also participated in the design and formation of the Wisconsin Collaborative for Health Care Quality, which publicly reports on the performance of healthcare organizations.

Michael Halter (Hanhemann University Hospital, Philadelphia). Mr. Halter is CEO of Hanhemann University Hospital, a 478-bed academic medical center operated by Tenet Healthcare, and has held this position since 1999. The hospital is a tertiary care institution with a large percentage of beds dedicated to intensive care. It is the second highest grossing for-profit, acute-care hospital in the United States, according to CMS cost report data from the American Hospital Directory.

George C. Halvorson (Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, Calif.). Mr. Halvorson is the chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente, which includes the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals. Kaiser Permanente consists of 37 hospitals and 431 clinics and employs 13,000 physicians. It has a presence in nine states and brings in annual revenues of approximately $33 billion. Mr. Halvorson serves on several committees, organizations and roundtables, including the Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performance Health System.

Dean M. Harrison (Northwestern Memorial HealthCare, Chicago). Mr. Harrison has served as president and CEO of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare and Northwestern Memorial Hospital since 2002. Before he joined Northwestern Memorial in 1998 as senior vice president for corporate operations, he was president and COO of the University of Chicago Health System. During his 11 years at that system, he also served as president and CEO of the Louis A. Weiss Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

G. Richard Hastings (Saint Luke's Health System, Kansas City, Mo.). Mr. Hastings has served as CEO of the 11-hospital Saint Luke's Health System since 1996. He first started working with the health system in 1976 as an administrative resident before moving on to serve as COO and CEO of Saint Luke's Hospital. Under Mr. Hastings' leadership and guidance, Saint Luke's Hospital became the first healthcare organization in Kansas City history to receive the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 2003.

Douglas Hawthorne (Texas Health Resources, Arlington, Texas). Mr. Hawthorne serves as CEO of Texas Health Resources, which is a network of 12 acute-care hospitals and other healthcare facilities. He was responsible for the merge between Presbyterian Healthcare Resources, Harris Methodist Hospitals and Arlington Memorial Hospital, which helped create Texas Health in 1997. Mr. Hawthorne also currently serves as the chair of the Health Leadership Council Executive Task Force on the Uninsured.  

Rodney Hochman, MD (Swedish Medical Center, Seattle, Wash.). Dr. Hochman, a rheumatologist, became CEO of Swedish Medical Center in Seattle in April 2007. The medical center is the largest non-profit healthcare provider in the Greater Seattle area, with three hospitals totaling 1,245 beds. Before joining Swedish, Dr. Hochman was executive vice president of Sentara Healthcare in Norfolk, Va., where he was responsible for operating five hospitals, a medical group and legal and corporate compliance divisions.

M. Michelle Hood (Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, Brewer, Maine). Ms. Hood is president and CEO of Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, a seven-hospital health system. Ms. Hood's previous leadership experience includes time as CEO of St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings, Mont., associate hospital director at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Ga., executive vice president and COO of St. Vincent's Hospital (of Ascension Health) in Birmingham, Ala., and chief administrative officer of Norton Hospital in Louisville, Ky.

Lars Houmann (Florida Hospital, Orlando, Fla.). Since 1993, Mr. Houmann has been president and CEO of Florida Hospital, a 1,972-bed acute-care community hospital that serves over 32,000 inpatients and 53,000 outpatients annually. He is also the leader of the Florida Division of Adventist Health System, which includes 17 hospitals in Florida. He previously filled the position of executive vice president and COO for Florida Hospital.

Deborah Carey Johnson, RN (Eastern Maine Medical Center, Bangor, Maine). Ms. Johnson is president and CEO of Eastern Maine Medical Center. She began her time with Eastern Maine as a staff nurse in the Critical Care Unit before assuming her current role as president and CEO. Ms. Johnson was president of the Organization of Maine Nurse Executives from 1990-1992 and has served on several boards, including the Maine Hospital Association, the American Heart Association Penobscot Division and the United Way of Eastern Maine. Ms. Johnson is also an executive vice president of Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems.

Laura Kaiser (Sacred Heart Health System, Pensacola, Fla.).
Ms. Kaiser is president and CEO of Pensacola, Fla.-based Sacred Heart Health System, which is a member of Ascension Health and parent-company to the 466-bed campus of Sacred Heart Hospital, Sacred Heart Children's Hospital and Sacred Heart Women's Hospital. The system has more than 700 primary care and specialty physicians. Ms. Kaiser moved into this position in 2009 after serving as Sacred Heart's COO since she first joined in 2008. Altogether, Ms. Kaiser brings to the table more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry, including executive positions at hospitals in Ohio and Michigan.

Donna Katen-Bahensky (University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, Wisc.). Ms. Katen-Bahensky is president and CEO of the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison. Before coming to the University of Wisconsin, she held numerous executive positions at health systems across the country, including the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and Iowa Health Care in Iowa City. She is also currently a member of the administrative board of the Council of Teaching Hospitals of the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Kevin Klockenga (St. Joseph Health-Sonoma County, Santa Rosa, Calif.).
Mr. Klockenga has been president and CEO of St. Joseph Health-Sonoma County since 2009 after serving as the health system's interim president and CEO. He oversees the operations of 279-bed Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital and 80-bed Petaluma Valley Hospital and manages more than 2,500 employees. Previous to serving as interim president and CEO, Mr. Klockenga served as COO of St. Joseph's Health System, based in Orange, Calif.

Alfred B. Knight, MD (Scott & White Healthcare, Temple, Texas). Dr. Knight, an obstetrician-gynecologist, has been president and CEO of Scott & White for 10 years. He is also chairman of the board for Scott & White Health Plan, which has 200,000 beneficiaries. Scott & White has nine hospitals, 800 physicians and scientists in 60 clinics and more than more 10,000 employees across a 25,000-square-mile area in Central Texas.

John Koster, MD (Providence Health & Services, Renton, Wash.). Dr. Koster has been president and CEO of Providence Health & Services since 2003. Providence is a non-profit health system with facilities in Alaska, Washington, Montana, Oregon and California. He initially joined Providence in April 1997 and led system operations until his presidential appointment. Dr. Koster worked as an internist for 10 years before moving into administrative positions.

Kelby Krabbenhoft (Sanford Health, Sioux Falls, S.D.). Mr. Krabbenhoft joined Sanford Health in 1996 as president and became the health system's CEO in 1997. He has held executive positions in hospitals and health systems for more than 15 years, previously serving as president and CEO of Freeman Health System in Joplin, Mo., executive vice president of Sisters of Mary of the Presentation Health System in Fargo, N.D., and president of St. Margaret's Hospital in Spring Valley, Ill.

Mark R. Laret (UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco). Mr. Laret has been CEO of UCSF Medical Center, including UCSF Children's Hospital, since April 2000. Under his leadership, UCSF Medical Center reversed what had been a $60 million annual loss in 2000 and within five years produced a $70 million annual gain. Mr. Laret spearheaded plans to build the $1.5 billion UCSF hospital complex in the Mission Bay area of San Francisco, expected to open in 2014.

Robert J. Laskowski, MD (Christiana Care Health System, Newark, Del.). Dr. Laskowski, a geriatrician, became president and CEO of Christiana Care Health System in 2003, which operates two acute-care hospitals totaling 1,100 beds and several clinics in Delaware. Services include cardiac surgery, coronary angioplasty, cancer treatment and women's health services. Before joining Christiana Care, Dr. Laskowski was chief medical officer at Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network in Allentown, Pa., and president and group medical director at Northeast Permanente Medical Group in Hartford, Conn.

Bruce Lawrence (Integris Health, Oklahoma City, Okla.). Mr. Lawrence is president and CEO of Integris Health, the largest non-profit healthcare organization in Oklahoma. He is responsible for managing 13 hospitals collectively totaling more than 1,900 licensed beds employing more 2,500 physicians. Integris offers services at its other facilities, including the Integris Heart Hospital, Henry G. Bennet Jr. Gertility Institute, Hough Ear Institute and MDA/ALS Neuromuscular Center.

Bill Leaver (Iowa Health System, Des Moines, Iowa). Since 2008, Mr. Leaver has been president and CEO of Iowa Health System, which includes seven hospitals and more than 450 physicians. He previously held the leadership position of president and CEO at Trinity Regional Health System for seven years. He was also a senior executive at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit.

Richard J. Liekweg (Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, Mo.). Mr. Liekweg, who assumed his post in Sept. 2009, previously served as CEO and associate vice chancellor for UCSD Medical Center in San Diego. Before that, Mr. Liekweg spent more than 15 years at Duke University Health System. He reports to Steven Lipstein, president and CEO of BJC HealthCare, the parent company of the hospital.

Mary Jo Lewis (HighPoint Health System, Gallatin, Tenn.). Ms. Lewis is the new CEO at HighPoint Health System in Gallatin, Tenn. She previously served as CEO of Jackson Purchase Medical Center in Mayfield, Ky., for 11 years. During Ms. Lewis' tenure at Jackson Purchase, the 107-bed hospital received exemplary scores in patient satisfaction.

Steven H. Lipstein (BJC Healthcare, St. Louis). Mr. Lipstein is CEO and president of BJC Healthcare, which includes the widely recognized Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis and a number of other acute-care hospitals and outpatient facilities throughout the St. Louis metro area. Mr. Lipstein joined BJC in October 1999. Nationally, he is a member of the Board of Directors for the American Association of Medical Colleges, serving as chair of the Council of Teaching Hospitals and chair of the Medicare/Medicaid Special Action Committee.

Kevin E. Lofton (Catholic Health Initiatives, Denver). Mr. Lofton is president and CEO of Catholic Health Initiatives, which ranks as the third-largest nonprofit health system in the U.S. He was the 2007 chairman of the American Hospital Association's board of trustees, serving as a key advocate for almost 5,000 member hospitals. He currently chairs the AHA's Special Advisory Group to Improve Hospital Care for Minorities.

Barbara J. Martin (Vista Health System, Waukegan, Ill.). Ms. Martin is president and CEO of Vista Health System, which includes 407 beds on two campuses, a surgery center, MRI institute and imaging center, among other services. Ms. Martin has held her position since 2006. She serves on the board of directors for the Illinois Hospital Association and served as chairman of the association's investor-owned counsel from 2008-2009.

Charles Martin, Jr. (Vanguard Health System, Nashville, Tenn.). Mr. Martin has been Vanguard Health System's chairman and CEO since the company's establishment in 1997. Mr. Martin started Vanguard Health Systems with colleagues from his former employer, OrNda. The aim of the company start up was to turn non-profit healthcare systems into investor-owned ventures. He is now responsible for the operation of more than a dozen for-profit acute-care hospitals and outpatient facilities throughout Arizona, Illinois, Massachusetts and Texas.

Patricia Maryland (St. John Providence Health System, Detroit). Ms. Maryland is president and CEO of St. John Providence Health System, which includes 365-bed Providence Hospital and Medical Center in Southfield, Mich. She has served as the leader since Jan. 2008. Previously, Ms. Maryland served as executive vice president and COO of St. Vincent Health and president of St. Vincent Hospital and Health Services in Indianapolis.

Stephen R. Mason (BayCare Health System, Clearwater, Fla.).
Mr. Mason has served as president and CEO of BayCare since May 2004 and has guided the 11-hospital health system through several major initiatives and projects, including a seven-year project to implement a system-wide electronic health record. Mr. Mason previously served as the senior executive vice president and COO of Texas Health Resources, headquartered in Arlington, Texas.

John McCabe, MD (University Hospital, Syracuse, N.Y.). Dr. McCabe, an emergency physician, became CEO and senior vice president for clinical affairs at University Hospital in July 2009. Dr. McCabe has been at University Hospital and SUNY Upstate Medical University for more than 20 years, serving in various leadership roles. Dr. McCabe oversaw the expansion of University Hospital's emergency room in 1996. He assisted in creating a mass casualty unit, upgraded the infirmary at the State Fairgrounds and developed an emergency medicine simulation center to train residents.

Vincent J. McCorkle (Akron (Ohio) General Medical Center). Mr. McCorkle, who took his post as president and CEO at Akron General Medical Center in July 2010, also heads the hospital's parent, Akron General Health System. He had been CEO of Sisters of Providence Health System in Springfield, Mass., where he led a financial turnaround, created joint ventures with physicians and carried out a comprehensive strategic planning process.

Luke McGuinness (Central DuPage Hospital, Winfield, Ill.). With more than 30 years of healthcare administration experience, Mr. McGuinness currently serves as president and CEO of Central DuPage Hospital, which is set to merge with 159-bed Delnor Health System in Geneva, Ill., pending regulatory review. Mr. McGuinness previously served as senior vice president for development for Vanguard Health Systems in Nashville, Tenn. He also served as president and CEO of MacNeal Health Network in Berwyn, Ill.

Gene F. Michalski (Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Mich.). Mr. Michalski started work as CEO of Beaumont Hospital in June 2010, taking over from Kenneth J. Matzick. In addition to running the hospital, Mr. Michalski is also president and CEO of its parent, Beaumont Hospitals. From 1992 to 1996, he was executive vice president and COO of St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, Ill. He started at Beaumont as senior vice president and hospital director at Beaumont Hospital in Troy.

Alan B. Miller (Universal Health Services, King of Prussia, Pa.).
Mr. Miller founded Universal Health Services in 1978 and it is now one of the nation's largest healthcare management companies, operating 22 acute-care hospitals. Along with his role as CEO, Mr. Miller is also chairman of the board for Universal Health Services. The organization now has more than 38,000 employees and operates facilities throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Edward D. Miller, MD (Johns Hopkins Medicine, Baltimore). Dr. Miller, an anesthesiologist, has been CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine, dean of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and vice president for medicine of The Johns Hopkins University since 1997. He first joined the institution in 1994 as professor and director of the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and of the Royal College of Anaesthetists.

Dan Moen (Legacy Hospital Partners, Plano, Texas). Established in Jan. 2008 by Mr. Moen and his associate, Legacy Hospital Partners owns, operates and manages acute-care hospitals in small cities and in select urban markets throughout the United States. Mr. Moen began his healthcare career with Humana in 1977, working there in positions of increasing responsibility for 14 years. He also previously served as executive vice president for development at Triad Hospitals, which merged with Community Health Systems in 2007.

Ralph Muller (University of Pennsylvania Health System, Philadelphia). Mr. Muller is president and CEO of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which includes Pennsylvania Hospital, founded in 1751 by Benjamin Franklin. Mr. Muller has served as the leader of the system since 2003. He previously served as president and CEO of the University of Chicago Hospitals & Health System, where he helped increase patient satisfaction and revenues by more than 500 percent. Mr. Muller has more than 30 years of healthcare administration experience.

Edward G. Murphy, MD (Carilion Clinic, Roanoke, Va.). Dr. Murphy, an internist, is president and CEO of Carilion Clinic, formerly known as Carilion Health System, which operates eight hospitals and a 500-physician multi-specialty group. Carilion has an annual net operating revenue of $1.2 billion and 11,000 employees. Dr. Murphy has overseen Carilion's conversion from a traditional, hospital-centered healthcare organization to a multi-specialty, patient-centered clinic.

Harris M. Nagler, MD (Beth Israel Medical Center, New York City). Dr. Nagler, a urologist, officially became president and CEO of Beth Israel Medical Center in March 2010 after serving as interim president for a year. He is the recipient of the John K. Lattimer Award from the Kidney and Urology Foundation of America and the Russell Lavengood Award from the New York Section of the American Urological Association.

Mark Neaman (NorthShore University HealthSystem, Evanston, Ill.).
Mr. Neaman joined NorthShore University HealthSystem as president and CEO in 1992. He has been with the health system since the beginning of his career, joining Evanston Hospital in 1974 after earning a master of science, business and healthcare degree from The Ohio State University. He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and has served on various boards, including the board of governors for ACHE and the board of the National Committee for Quality Health Care.

Gary D. Newsome (Health Management Associates, Naples, Fla.). Mr. Newsome was named president and CEO of HMA in Sept. 2008. That same month, he became a member of the board of directors. Prior to stepping into this executive post, Mr. Newsome acted as president of hospital operations at Community Health Systems for hospitals in Illinois, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and West Virginia. He also served as vice president of group operations.

Edwin Ness (Munson Medical Center, Traverse City, Mich.). Mr. Ness became CEO of Munson Medical Center in 2004. He also serves as CEO of Munson Healthcare, a role he took on in 2010 following the abrupt resignation of former CEO K. Douglas Deck. Under Mr. Ness's leadership, Munson Medical Center was awarded the prestigious 2008 American Hospital Association McKesson Question for Quality Prize. The hospital is also the only hospital in Michigan to have won the Everest Award from Thomson Reuters, which it achieved in 2009.

Robert E. Nesse, MD (Mayo Health System, Rochester, Minn.). Dr. Nesse, a family physician, was named CEO of Mayo Health System in March 2010. The system consists of clinics, hospitals and healthcare facilities in Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin. Nearly 800 physicians and 13,000 allied health staff are employed by Mayo Health System organizations. Since joining Mayo in 1980, Dr. Nesse served as residency program director for family practice and was vice chair of Mayo Clinic Department of Family Medicine.

Eric P. Norwood (DeKalb Medical Center, Decatur, Ga.). Mr. Norwood has been president and CEO of DeKalb Medical Center since 2003. He first joined the 525-bed medical center in 2002 as COO and is now the hospital's fourth CEO in its 50-year history. Mr. Norwood is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and has served as board officer for VHA Georgia's board of directors.

John Noseworthy, MD (Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.). Dr. Noseworthy, a neurologist, became president and CEO of Mayo Clinic in Nov. 2009. Dr. Noseworthy joined Mayo in 1990 and has served in various leadership positions, among them chairman of Mayo's Department of Neurology and vice chairman of its Rochester executive board. He also served as editor-in-chief of neurology, the official journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Herbert Pardes, MD (New York-Presbyterian Health Care System, New York City). Dr. Pardes has been president and CEO of the NewYork-Presbyterian Health Care System since Jan. 2007. He previously served as U.S. Assistant Surgeon General, director of the National Institutes of Mental Health during the Carter and Reagan administrations, vice president for health sciences at Columbia University in New York City, dean of the faculty of medicine of Columbia's College of Physicians and Surgeons, and chairman of Columbia's Department of Psychiatry.

David Pate, MD (St. Luke's Health System, Boise, Idaho). Dr. Pate was named president and CEO of St. Luke's Health System, a five-hospital, non-profit organization, last year and took full control in March. Previously, Dr. Pate was CEO of 915-bed St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, an unrelated institution in Houston. Dr. performed his residency at Baylor Affiliated Hospitals in Houston and was chief resident at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital.

Ronald Paulus, MD (Mission Health System, Asheville, N.C.). Dr. Paulus became CEO of Mission Health System and Mission Hospital after serving five years at Geisinger Health System in Danville, Penn., as executive vice president of clinical operations and chief innovation officer. He is the first physician to assume a CEO position at Mission Health System and the first in North Carolina to lead a community-owned, non-profit health system.

Judith M Persichilli, RN, BSN (Catholic Health East, Newtown Square, Pa.). Ms. Persichilli has served as president and CEO of Catholic Healthcare East since Dec. 2009. She first came to the system in 2003 as executive vice president of Catholic Health East's Mid-Atlantic Division. Previous to that, she worked in various leadership roles at hospitals such as St. Francis Medical Center and St. Peter's Medical Center.

Wright Pinson, MD (Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tenn.). Dr. Pinson is CEO of hospitals and clinics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center as well as deputy vice chancellor for health affairs and associate vice chancellor for clinical affairs. Dr. Pinson is a liver and hepatobiliary surgeon and completed his training at Vanderbilt. He started the first liver transplantation program in the Pacific Northwest in 1988 at Oregon Health Sciences University and was recruited to Vanderbilt to start the liver transplant program and liver surgery division in 1990.

Andrea Price (Mercy Health Partners, Cincinnati). Ms. Price is the new CEO of the seven-hospital Mercy Health Partners, a system she joined less than a year ago as COO. The northwest Ohio healthcare delivery system currently employs 7,300 workers and reports net revenues of nearly $900 million. Ms. Price has held other executive roles at Sparrow Health System in Lansing, Mich., Hurley Medical Center in Flint, Mich., and Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

Thomas Priselac (Cedars-Sinai Health System, Los Angeles).
Mr. Priselac is president and CEO of Cedars-Sinai Health System and is the former chairman of the American Hospital Association. Mr. Priselac has been with Cedars-Sinai since 1979, serving as CEO since 1994. Prior to being named president and CEO, he was executive vice president from 1988 to 1993. Before joining Cedars-Sinai, he was on the executive staff of Montefiore Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Patrick J. Quinlan, MD (Ochsner Health System, New Orleans). Dr. Quinlan, a dermatologist, has been CEO of Ochsner Health System since 2001. With 8,400 employees, it is the largest private employer in Louisiana. During and after Hurricane Katrina, 473-bed Ochsner Medical Center was one of only three hospitals in New Orleans to keep its doors open, despite significant physical damage to the building. Ochsner's extensive disaster preparations before Katrina played a major role in mitigating damages. The organization also played a key role in the recovery of the New Orleans medical community and economy afterwards.

Paul Ramsey, MD (UW Medicine, Seattle). Dr. Ramsey has served as CEO of UW Medicine since 2006. He also serves as the executive vice president for medical affairs and dean of the School of Medicine at the University of Washington. He first joined University of Washington in 1978 as a physician and educator.

Lex Reddy (Prime Healthcare, Ontario, Calif.). President and CEO of Prime Healthcare, Mr. Reddy is involved in the operations of the corporate office of Prime Healthcare Services as well as all the hospitals and facilities of Prime Healthcare Services. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from California Baptist University and an MBA and MHA from California State University, San Bernardino.

John Rex-Waller (National Surgical Hospitals, Chicago, Ill.). Mr. Rex-Waller is the president and CEO of National Surgical Hospitals, which owns and operates 14 surgical hospitals and seven ambulatory surgery centers. Prior to his work with National Surgical Hospitals, Mr. Rex-Waller was CFO for Hawk Medical Supply, a provider of disposable medical equipment. He was also CFO and co-founder of National Surgery Centers.

Jeffrey A. Romoff (UPMC, Pittsburgh). Mr. Romoff is president and CEO of UPMC in Pittsburgh, which became a fully integrated $8 billion global enterprise under his leadership. Mr. Romoff began his career at the University of Pittsburgh in 1973 as the director of the Office of Education and Regional Programming at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. Mr. Romoff then served as executive vice president of UPMC and interim senior vice president of business and finance for the University of Pittsburgh. He became president of UPMC in 1992 and CEO in 2006.

William L. Roper, MD (UNC Health Care System, Chapel Hill, N.C.). Dr. Roper, a pediatrician, is CEO of the UNC Health Care System at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also is the dean of and professor with the medical school, and also teaches health policy and administration in the School of Public Health. Dr. Roper was a health policy advisor to the former President George H.W. Bush and an administrator of CMS (then called HCFA) from 1986 to 1989. Before joining UNC in 1997, he was senior vice president of Prudential Health Care.

Thomas Royer, MD (CHRISTUS Health, Irving, Texas). Dr. Royer, a general surgeon, is president and CEO of CHRISTUS Health, which includes more than 40 hospitals and facilities in six states and Mexico with assets of more than $4.1 billion. After the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Dr. Royer took a 20-member medical team on site, and they performed 85 surgeries, hundreds of procedures and outpatient visits and delivered nine babies. Before joining CHRISTUS, Dr. Royer was senior vice president of medical affairs and chairman of the board of governors of Henry Ford Medical Group.

Amir Dan Rubin (Stanford Hospital & Clinics, Stanford, Calif.). Since 2011, Mr. Rubin has been serving as president and CEO of Stanford Hospital & Clinics. Mr. Rubin previously served as COO at UCLA Health System in Los Angeles. He succeeds Martha Marsh, who retired from the position in Sept. 2010 after serving for eight years. Before joining UCLA Health System in 2005, Mr. Rubin served as COO of Stony Brook (N.Y.) University Medical Center. He began his career in healthcare consulting and was based in the San Francisco area for several years.

Dawn Rudolph (Saint Thomas Hospital, Nashville, Tenn.). Ms. Rudolph has been president and CEO of Saint Thomas Hospital since Nov. 2010. She previously served as CEO of St. Joseph Hospital in Fort Wayne, Ind., where she began her career in healthcare administration in 1990. For the following 20 years, Ms. Rudolph served at St. Joseph in multiple capacities, starting as project manager. During this time, she also served on several civic boards, including the Fort Wayne Urban League.

Sister Mary Jean Ryan (SSM Health Care, St. Louis). Sister Mary Jean is chair and CEO of SSM Health Care in St. Louis, a healthcare system sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Mary that owns, manages and is affiliated with 15 acute-care hospitals and two nursing homes in Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri and Oklahoma. Prior to 1986, she held a variety of executive posts at her congregation's hospitals. She serves on the National Commission for Quality Long Term Care and on numerous boards of directors at the state and national levels.

Steven M. Safyer, MD (Montefiore Medical Center, New York City, N.Y.). Dr. Safyer, an internist, is president and CEO of Montefiore Medical Center, a 1,188-bed hospital based in the Bronx, N.Y. In his position, Dr. Safyer has been working to strengthen the hospital's strategic alignment with the medical school. Before becoming CEO, Dr. Safyer was senior vice president and chief medical officer, and led the development of an extensive community-based primary care network, commissioned cutting-edge information systems, developed strategies to manage care and created nationally recognized quality and safety programs.

Nancy Schlichting (Henry Ford Health System, Detroit). Ms. Schlichting is president and CEO of the Henry Ford Health System, where she previously served as executive vice president and COO. Prior to joining Henry Ford in 1998, Ms. Schlichting was executive vice president and COO of Summa Health System in Akron, Ohio. She has also served as president of the Eastern region of Catholic Health Initiatives, president and CEO of Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, and executive vice president and COO of Akron City Hospital.

Kevin Schoeplein (OSF Healthcare, Peoria, Ill.).
Mr. Schoeplein is the CEO of OSF Healthcare System, a position he recently assumed in Feb. 2011 after former CEO James Moore stepped down. Mr. Schoeplein has been with OSF for more than 30 years. He has previously served as president of OSF Saint Francis, Inc., president of OSF Healthcare Foundation, president of OSF HealthPlans and executive vice president of OSF Healthcare System.

Larry Schumacher (Hospital Sisters Health System, Springfield, Ill.).
Mr. Schumacher currently serves as the interim president and CEO of Hospital Sisters Health System, which is comprised of 13 Catholic hospitals. He first joined the system in 2007 as COO but took over as president and CEO in June 2010, following the resignation of former president and CEO Stephanie McCutcheon. Before Mr. Schumacher joined Hospital Sisters, he served as president and CEO of Via Christi Wichita (Kan.) Health Network.

Knox Singleton (Inova Health System, Falls Church, Va.). Mr. Singleton first joined Inova Health System in 1983 when it was known as Fairfax Hospital Association. He was first executive vice president for operations before becoming the leader of the healthcare organization in 1984. Before joining Inova Health System, Mr. Singleton served as the hospital director for the Hershey Medical Center of Pennsylvania State University from 1978 to 1983.

James H. Skogsbergh (Advocate Health Care, Oak Brook, Ill.). Mr. Skogsbergh is president and CEO of Advocate Health Care, a faith-based organization that is the largest healthcare system in the Midwest, with more than 200 sites of care including 12 hospitals. He was named the 2010 chair of the American Hospital Association's Section for Health Care Systems. Previously, he served as executive vice president of Iowa Health System in Des Moines, and president and CEO of Iowa Methodist, Iowa Lutheran and Blank Children's hospitals, all in Des Moines.

Daniel Slipkovich (Capella Healthcare, Brentwood, Tenn.). Capella Healthcare is led by Mr. Slipkovich, who co-founded Capella Healthcare in 2005 and currently serves as CEO and chairman of the board of directors. In this role, Mr. Slipkovich oversees all facets of the company's strategies, operations, finances and corporate governance. Capella currently operates 13 non-urban, general acute-care hospitals in partnership with communities across the country.

Wayne Smith (Community Health Systems, Brentwood, Tenn.). As president and CEO of Community Health Systems in Brentwood, Tenn., Mr. Smith has been credited for the health system's growth since his arrival to the company in 1997. He is responsible for the 12-year period of growth from $742 million in 1997 to more than $12.1 billion in 2009. In Feb. 2001, he was appointed to be the chairman of the system's board as well.

Charles W. Sorenson, MD (Intermountain Healthcare, Salt Lake City). Since Jan. 2009, Dr. Sorenson has been president and CEO of Intermountain Healthcare, a non-profit health system with 23 hospitals and more than 900 physicians and clinicians. In total, the health system has more than 32,000 employees providing care to residents of Utah and Idaho. As a practicing surgeon at Intermountain Medical Center, Dr. Sorennson has served on the Intermountain Board of Trustees for more than 15 years.

Kevin Sowers (Duke University Hospital, Durham, N.C.). Appointed CEO of Duke University Hospital in June 2009, Mr. Sowers began his career at the hospital 25 years ago as an oncology nurse. Before taking the helm at the hospital, Mr. Sowers was COO and interim CEO. In those roles, he implemented the hospital's strategic objectives and managed the hospital's clinical service units. Mr. Sowers lectures and writes on the issues of leadership, organizational change, mentorship and cancer care.

Rulon F. Stacey (Poudre Valley Health System, Fort Collins, Colo.). Mr. Stacey is president and CEO of Poudre Valley Health System. Under his leadership, the health system received the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 2008 and was one of only three organizations nationally and the only healthcare recipient to do so in 2008. Mr. Stacey currently also serves as chairman elect for the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Richard J. Statuto (Bon Secours Health System, Marriottsville, Md.). Mr. Statuto is president and CEO of Bon Secours Health System. He first joined Bon Secours in 1987 as vice president of planning and marketing before leaving in 1990 to work for St. Joseph Health System. In 2005, he returned as president and CEO of the health system, a non-profit, Catholic health system that owns or manages either directly or through joint ventures 20 acute-care facilities as well as long-term care, assisted-living and independent-living facilities.

Glenn Steele, Jr., MD (Geisinger Health System, Danville, Pa.). Dr. Steele, a surgeon and oncologist, became president and CEO of Geisinger Health System five years ago after a failed merger with Penn State Hershey Medical Center. This physician-led health system runs four hospitals and has been using an electronic health record for 10 years. Dr. Steele launched ProvenCare in 2006, a program that sets a fixed price for a given medical problem, creating a financial incentive to prevent readmissions and keep costs in check. A study showed that patients had 16 percent shorter hospital stays and their bills were about 5 percent lower as a result of ProvenCare.

Douglas L. Strong (University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers, Ann Arbor, Mich.). Since taking over as CEO of University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers in 2006, Mr. Strong has focused on tighter integration of the missions and units of the University of Michigan Health System. The Hospitals and Health Centers unit of the system is expected to finish its fiscal year in strong shape, with a positive operating margin nearly twice the size predicted a year ago.

Joseph R. Swedish (Trinity Health, Novi, Mich.). In 2005, Mr. Swedish became president and CEO of Novi, Mich.-based Trinity Health, the nation's fourth-largest Catholic health system. During his tenure at the health system, he spearheaded the "Find A Way" advocacy campaign, aimed at seeking healthcare reform that provides healthcare coverage for everyone. He is also known to lead efforts for diversity and inclusion at the organization, designating himself chief diversity officer in 2006 and charging employees at Trinity Health to create a diverse and open-minded work environment.

Ronald W. Swinfard, MD (Lehigh Valley Health Network, Allentown, Penn.). Dr. Swinfard assumed his role as CEO of Lehigh Valley Health Network in Nov. 2010, succeeding Elliot J. Sussman, M.D. Along with his role as CEO, Dr. Swinfard has been chief medical officer of the system since 2003. He came to Lehigh Valley Health from the University of Missouri – Columbia, where he held chairs in the department of dermatology and department of internal medicine.

Michael C. Tarwater (Carolinas HealthCare System, Charlotte, N.C.).
Mr. Tarwater joined Carolinas HealthCare System in 1981 and has worked there for more than 25 years as CEO. Carolinas owns, leases or manages 32 acute-care and specialty hospitals, including Carolinas Medical Center, which is a 874-bed academic medical center. Mr. Tarwater has filled previous leadership roles with the Board of Trustees of the North Carolina Hospital Association and is a member of the American Hospital Association.

Anthony Tersigni (Ascension Health, St. Louis). Since 2004, Dr. Tersigni has been president and CEO of Ascension Health, which is the nation's largest Catholic, non-profit health system. Previously, Mr. Tersigni served as the executive vice president and COO of the company. Outside of his work with Ascension, he has also filled leadership roles at other healthcare organizations, such as Sisters of St. Joseph Health System, Sisters of Charity Health Care Systems, the Detroit Medical Center and Hospital Corporation of America.

Robert Thornton, Jr. (SunLink Health Systems, Atlanta).
Mr. Thornton is the chairman, president and CEO of Atlanta-based SunLink Health Systems, which owns and operates facilities in Missouri, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. Mr. Thornton has served as the company's chairman and CEO since Sept. 1998 and as president since July 1996. He has been working as an executive with national healthcare corporations since 1981 and has extensive experience in acquisitions, divestures and turnarounds of community hospitals.

Nick Turkal, MD (Aurora Health Care, Milwaukee). Dr. Turkal serves as president and CEO of Aurora Health Care. Dr. Turkal previously served as a senior vice president and president of Aurora's metro region, where he oversaw the operations of Aurora's facilities and services in the Milwaukee area, including Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center, Aurora Sinai Medical Center, St. Luke's South Shore and West Allis Memorial Hospital. Dr. Turkal is a family practice physician and has been with Aurora since 1987.

David Vandewater (Ardent Health Services, Nashville, Tenn.). Ardent Health Services is led by president and CEO Mr. Vandewater, who brings more than 30 years of healthcare management expertise to the company. When he first joined the system in Feb. 2001, Mr. Vandewater signed on as chairman of Behavioral Health Corporation, Ardent's predecessor company. Prior to joining Ardent, Mr. Vandewater served as president and COO of Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corporation and was also a past chairman of the Federation of American Hospitals.

Margaret Van Bree (St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, Houston). Ms. Van Bree currently serves as CEO of St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, the flagship hospital of St. Luke's Episcopal Health System. She also serves as a senior vice president for the overall health system. Before joining St. Luke's in Oct. 2009, Ms. Van Bree served as the senior vice president and COO at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison, Wis., since 2007.

Chris Van Gorder (Scripps Health, San Diego). Mr. Van Gorder has served as president and CEO of Scripps Health since 2000. Scripps operates five acute-care hospital campuses, 13 outpatient clinics and regional home health care services with more than 2,600 affiliated physicians and 11,000 employees. Mr. Van Goder currently serves as chairman of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Paul K. Whelton, MD (Loyola University Health System, Chicago). Dr. Whelton, an epidemiologist, became president and CEO of Loyola University Health System in Feb. 2007. Dr. Whelton presided over the 2008 acquisition of the system's second hospital, 250-bed Gottlieb Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Then, in March 2010, Loyola signed an agreement to provide cancer services at a new $15.8 million cancer center at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb, Ill. Before his work with Loyola, Dr. Whelton was senior vice president for health sciences at Tulane University Health Sciences Center and dean of the Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans.

Carl Whitmer (IASIS Healthcare, Franklin, Tenn.).
Mr. Whitmer is currently president and CEO of Franklin, Tenn.-based IASIS Healthcare. Mr. Whitmer, who has almost 20 years of healthcare leadership and executive experience, first joined IASIS as vice president and treasurer shortly after the company was founded in 1998. Soon after, Mr. Whitmer filled the leadership role of CFO, during which time IASIS experienced substantial growth in its acute-care operations and expanded its managed care operations, including a Medicaid and Medicare managed health plan in Arizona.

Guy R. Wiebking (Provena Health, Mokena, Ill.). Mr. Wiebking is president and CEO of Catholic health system Provena Health. When Provena Health first formed in 1997, Mr. Wiebking became involved with the Provena Health Board of Directors as a charter member. Throughout his tenure at Provena, he has served in various leadership capacities, including chair of the board from 2002 to 2006.

Paul Wile (Novant Health, Winston-Salem, N.C.). Mr. Wile has served as president and CEO of Novant Health since 1997. He started his career in healthcare administration at Novant, first serving at the organization as an administrative resident and then later as administrator, vice president of professional services and senior vice president and COO. Mr. Wiles also serves as the chair of the North Carolina Hospital Association Center for Hospital Quality & Patient Safety Advisory Board.

Stephen A. Williams (Norton Healthcare, Louisville, Ky.). Mr. Williams has been with Norton Healthcare since 1977 and has served as the system's president and CEO since 1993. Mr. Williams has the remarkable accomplishment of having serves as CEO of the state's smallest hospital, the 26-bed Livingston County hospital from 1972 to 1977, to now serving as CEO of the Kentucky's largest healthcare system. He has served on several boards of trustees, including those for American Hospital Association and the Kentucky Hospital Association.

Nicholas Wolter, MD (Billings (Mont.) Clinic).
Since 1997, Dr. Wolter, a pulmonologist, has been CEO of Billings Clinic, the largest and one of the most integrated health systems in the northern Rocky Mountain states. Dr. Wolter helped guide the 1993 merger of Billings Clinic with Deaconess Hospital, also in Billings, and became the new health system's medical executive officer. Dr. Wolter has also served as commissioner on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission and as a board member of the American Medical Group Association and the AMGA Results Based Payment System Initiative Committee.

Dan Wolterman (Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, Houston).
Mr. Wolterman is president and CEO of Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, which is the largest non-profit healthcare system in Texas with 11 hospitals and nearly 20,000 employees. Mr. Wolterman joined the health system in 1999 as senior vice president and managed seven community hospitals and two long-term acute-care facilities during that time. He was named CEO in 2002. Altogether, Mr. Wolterman has approximately 30 years of healthcare leadership experience.

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