17 health system leaders named to Essential Women's Leadership Academy class

America's Essential Hospitals has named 17 rising female hospital leaders from 13 health systems to its 2023 Essential Women's Leadership Academy class. 

It is the fourth and largest class in the association's history, according to a Feb. 1 news release shared with Becker's. Participants will work through a 10-month program involving classroom and virtual learning, as well as mentorship from a hospital CEO or senior leader. 

The program aims to build the knowledge and skillset of rising female executives to develop confidence and close gender gaps in healthcare leadership. 

The following leaders will take part: 

1. Stephanie Adamek. Interim director of advanced practice providers, orthopedic clinic medical director, Hennepin Healthcare (Minneapolis)

2. Tanvi Bhakta, MSN, RN. Director of medical-surgical nursing, San Francisco Department of Public Health

3. Elizabeth Brewer, MSN, RN. Director of nursing, emergency department, Harris Health System (Bellaire, Texas)

4. Isabel Briones. Controller, University Medical Center of El Paso (Texas)

5.Emily Briton. Senior vice president and chief operating officer, MedStar Washington Hospital Center (Washington D.C.)

6. Alexis Davis. Chief communications officer, NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County (New York City)

7. Jori Davis. Vice president of support services, Valleywise Health (Phoenix, Ariz.)

8. Krystle Gandhi, MSN, RN. Assistant chief nursing officer, JPS Health Network (Fort Worth, Texas)

9. Suzette Graham-Hill, MD. Cardiologist, NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County (New York City)

10. Elizabeth Hall. Administrator, UVA Health (Charlottesville, Va.)

11. Vivian Ho-Nguyen. Administrative director, accreditation and regulatory affairs, Harris Health System (Bellaire, Texas)

12. Jessica Lanney. Director of population health, Boston Medical Center

13. Komal Lodaria. Director of care experience, NYC Health + Hospitals (New York City)

14. Susan McBride, RDN. Interim director, department of nutrition and food services, UW Medicine-Harborview Medical Center (Seattle)

15. Shayda O'Hara, MSN, RN. Nurse manager, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center

16. Natalie Rodriguez. Operations administrator, Parkland Health (Dallas)

17. Danielle Scheurer, MD. Chief quality officer, Medical University of South Carolina (Charleston)

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