100 great leaders in healthcare | 2018

Becker's Healthcare is pleased to honor 100 individuals for their leadership in the healthcare field.

Many individuals on this list serve at the helm of large health systems and nationwide organizations, taking the lead in transforming healthcare in the U.S. Others have played small but important roles, leading during critical moments for the nation. By working to improve the quality of care and solve the toughest problems in healthcare today, the following leaders have clearly made their mark.

Note: The individuals featured on this list are in alphabetical order. Individuals and organizations do not pay and cannot pay for inclusion on this list.

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Nancy Howell Agee. President and CEO of Carilion Clinic (Roanoke, Va.). While she has served as president and CEO of the nearly $2 billion nonprofit Carilion Clinic since 2011, Ms. Agee joined the organization as a nurse in the 1970s. She rose through the ranks until assuming the top leadership role, a position she holds in addition to chairing the American Hospital Association. Ms. Agee is also a former member of The Joint Commission's Board of Commissioners, and she received several honors throughout her career, including being named Virginia Business' Person of the Year in 2017.

Barry S. Arbuckle, PhD. President and CEO of MemorialCare (Fountain Valley, Calif.). Dr. Arbuckle helms a nonprofit healthcare system with more than $2 billion in annual revenues. MemorialCare includes four flagship hospitals and a bevy of more than 200 outpatient and satellite services, in addition to a health plan. Under Dr. Arbuckle's leadership, MemorialCare has experienced "unprecedented growth" and secured many honors, including eight years as one of Hospitals & Health Networks' Most Wired Health Systems. The growth is evident in several recent developments, but none more notable than MemorialCare's December 2017 announcement of a joint venture with RadNet to operate a large network of imaging centers in California and a strategic alliance between MemorialCare Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach and UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital.

Carl S. Armato. President and CEO of Novant Health (Winston-Salem, N.C.). After joining Novant Health in 1998, Mr. Armato rose through the ranks to become president and CEO in January 2012. Mr. Armato brings a wealth of experience as a healthcare leader and senior tax/audit consultant to his current position. He previously spent time as COO, president and CEO of Albuquerque, N.M.-based Presbyterian Healthcare as well as vice president of operations for First Care Physicians and director of finance for Baton Rouge, La.-based General Health System. Mr. Armato is on the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce's executive committee and is highly active in the community.

Imamu Baraka. Counselor (Baltimore). Mr. Baraka is a licensed clinical professional counselor in the Baltimore area. He earned a degree from Jefferson City, Mo.-based Lincoln University and practices out of Baltimore-based Maryland Health Behavioral Group. Mr. Baraka notably filmed an encounter where security guards with Baltimore-based University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown left a woman in a hospital gown near a bus stop. He then took to Facebook to bring awareness to the practice of patient dumping. To date, his post has been shared more than 59,000 times, and his efforts were covered by several news organizations.

Daniel Barchi. Senior Vice President and CIO of NewYork-Presbyterian (New York City). After serving as a Brigade Commander in the U.S. Naval Academy, Mr. Barchi was drawn to healthcare. He has held several executive roles throughout this career, including serving as the senior vice president and CIO of Yale New Haven (Conn.) Health System. He joined NewYork-Presbyterian in 2015, where he now oversees the development and implementation of all of the IT systemwide.

Mark T. Bertolini. Chairman and CEO of Aetna (Hartford, Conn.). After assuming Aetna's CEO role in November 2010 and the chairman role in April 2011, Mr. Bertolini has ushered in an era of financial growth for the Hartford-based payer, including organizing the $69 billion sale of Aetna to CVS Health. Mr. Bertolini joined the company in 2003 as head of specialty products and rose through the ranks to his current position. In addition to his work with Aetna, Mr. Bertolini is an advocate for the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and became the organization's first straight ally board member. He also serves as a board member of Verizon Communications, Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. and Thrive Global, among others.

Leah Binder. President and CEO of The Leapfrog Group (Washington, D.C.). A national advocate for hospital and patient safety, Ms. Binder serves at the helm of The Leapfrog Group. Under her leadership, the nonprofit developed and launched The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Guide, which assesses the safety of hospitals across the U.S. and assigns them a letter grade. Ms. Binder has served on several national healthcare-focused boards, including the Institute of Medicine Collaboration on Patient Engagement and the Health Care Financial Management Association Leadership Advisory Committee, among others. She and The Leapfrog Group are part of Forbes' Nonprofit Council.

Lynn Britton. President and CEO of Mercy (St. Louis). Mr. Britton has been with Mercy since 2000, when he joined as vice president for Mercy's supply chain operating division. He advanced through the organization to become president and CEO in 2009. Under his leadership, Mercy was named one of Watson Health's top five large health systems for the third straight year. Mr. Britton is an advocate for community outreach and frequently organizes roundtables to gain better insight into patient care.

Marna Borgstrom. CEO of Yale New Haven (Conn.) Health System. Joining Yale New Haven (Conn.) Hospital in 1979, Ms. Borgstrom was promoted to CEO in 2005. After stepping into the top leadership role, Ms. Borgstrom began working to revitalize the hospital's image and improve its standing with low-income patients. Politico reported Ms. Borgstrom made the decision to invest millions in not only community health clinics, but also the city's neighborhoods through investments in homes and scholarships. In addition to her CEO duties, Ms. Borgstrom serves on several corporate boards, including VHA, the Association of American Medical Colleges and The Coalition to Protect America's Healthcare.

Gail Boudreaux. President and CEO of Anthem (Indianapolis). Ms. Boudreaux is president and CEO of Anthem, a major payer organization serving more than 73 million individuals across 27 states. With a career spanning more than three decades, Ms. Boudreaux has made an impact in the payer space, serving as the former CEO of UnitedHealthcare and as an executive with Health Care Services Corp. and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois. In addition to guiding Anthem, Ms. Boudreaux serves on the board of Zimmer Biomet, a medical device company.

Jonathan Bush. CEO and Co-founder of athenahealth (Watertown, Mass.). As one of the co-founders of athenahealth, Mr. Bush is responsible for the IT and the software company's success. As a former emergency medical technician, Mr. Bush has experience working in the medical field. He then signed on as a management consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton before launching athenahealth and serving on the board of directors until February 2018.

William Carpenter III. Chairman and CEO of LifePoint Health (Brentwood, Tenn.). Mr. Carpenter has been a force in the healthcare arena for more than 30 years. After serving as a healthcare attorney, he left his practice in 1999 to become one of the founding employees of LifePoint Health. He was named CEO in 2006 and system chairman in 2010. Today, under his tutelage, LifePoint boasts a portfolio of 71 hospital campuses, physician practices, outpatient centers and post-acute care facilities across 22 states. To recognize his contributions to the Nashville community, Operation Andrew Group awarded him the 2017 Joe and Honey Rodgers Christian Civic Leadership Award.

Elizabeth Concordia. CEO of UCHealth (Aurora, Colo.). Leading a hospital system with $3.5 billion in revenue and a workforce of 21,000 people, Ms. Concordia touts impressive leadership credentials. Having joined UCHealth in September 2014, she now oversees a system with nine hospitals, 1,770 inpatient beds and more than 100 clinics in the southwestern U.S. Ms. Concordia has served in executive roles at Pittsburgh-based UPMC and Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, and as an associate director at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City. In addition to her executive responsibilities, Ms. Concordia serves as a member of the Women's Forum of Colorado and the Colorado Forum.

David Cordani. President and CEO of Cigna (Bloomfield, Conn.). Since stepping into Cigna's president and CEO roles in 2009, Mr. Cordani has doubled the company's size. Serving as a prominent voice in healthcare, he has created several new care delivery models focused on patient health improvements, patient wellness and clinical quality. In addition to his executive roles, Mr. Cordani founded The David and Sherry Cordani Family Foundation to support community health and well-being. He is also a member of General Mills' board of directors and the U.S.-India Business Council board of directors.

Steven J. Corwin, MD. President and CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian (New York City). After a productive career as a cardiologist and internist, Dr. Corwin focused his efforts on administrative leadership and eventually became CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian. Under his watch, the health system has nearly doubled in size, and now comprises four divisions touting nine hospitals that provide care to more than 2 million patients annually. In addition to his executive role, Dr. Corwin is on the Greater New York Hospital Association's board of directors.

Kim Cripe. CEO of Children's Hospital of Orange County (Orange, Calif.). Ms. Cripe oversees one of the top pediatric healthcare systems in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report. After joining the health system in 1991 as executive vice president and COO, she ascended to the CEO and president role in 1998. Before her time at Children's Hospital of Orange County, Ms. Cripe served in leadership positions with Humana, including regional and corporate positions with responsibilities in strategic planning, business development, physician alignment and health plan operations.

Lloyd Dean. President and CEO of Dignity Health (San Francisco). With more than 25 years of healthcare operations and leadership experience, Mr. Dean oversees the fifth largest health system in the nation with its 39 hospitals and 400 community care centers. He came to Dignity Health in 2000 after serving as executive vice president and COO at Downers Grove, Ill.-based Advocate Health Care. Mr. Dean also was active in the pharmaceutical space, holding a leadership role at former pharmaceutical company The Upjohn Co.

Susan DeVore. President and CEO of Premier (Charlotte, N.C.). As a thought leader and a businesswoman, Ms. DeVore has established herself as the high-achieving president and CEO of Premier. The Charlotte Business Journal awarded her its Women in Business Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018, and UNC Charlotte has recognized her as a Distinguished Alumnus. During her tenure at Premier, she has built the company to serve 3,900 U.S. hospitals and more than 150,000 providers nationwide to promote high-quality and cost-effective healthcare. She also instilled a deep code of ethics into the company, winning a place on Ethisphere's "World's Most Ethical Companies" list 11 years running.

Verdi DiSesa, MD, MBA. President and CEO of Temple University Hospital (Philadelphia). Ascending to the CEO role at Temple University Hospital in 2016, Dr. DiSesa is Chief Operating Officer of a $2.1 billion academic health system affiliated with the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, where he serves as senior vice dean for clinical affairs. Before joining the C-suite, Dr. DiSesa was active in the clinical space, serving as a cardiothoracic surgeon at Children's Hospital of Boston and Harvard Medical School in Boston. He is an American College of Cardiology, American College of Chest Physicians, American College of Surgeons and American Surgical Association fellow.

Kris Doody, RN. CEO of Cary Medical Center and Pines Health (Caribou, Maine). With a career in healthcare beginning at the age of 15 when she served as a certified nurse's aide, Ms. Doody has been an advocate for patients and the rural healthcare system throughout her career. Prior to her role as CEO, Ms. Doody served as the 65-bed Cary Medical Center's COO for five years.

Michael Dowling. President and CEO of Northwell Health (New Hyde Park, N.Y.). As CEO of Northwell Health, Mr. Dowling oversees more than 66,000 employees, 23 hospitals, 645 outpatient physician practices and 6,675 hospital and long-term care beds. Additionally, this year, Northwell Health was recognized by Ethisphere Institute as one of the world's most ethical companies for the fourth consecutive year. Mr. Dowling earned his top spot at the health system after serving as senior vice president of Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield and working in the New York state government for 12 years, seven of which were spent as state director of health, education and human services.

Susan Ehrlich, MD. CEO of Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center. In her role as CEO of Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, Dr. Ehrlich is responsible for the oversight of facilities including San Francisco's only level 1 trauma center. She oversees 15 primary care clinics and 20 University of California San Francisco research centers that conduct more than $150 million in research annually. Dr. Ehrlich became CEO of the hospital in April 2016 and has a background in primary care medicine.

David Entwistle. President and CEO of Stanford (Calif.) Health Care. Stanford Health Care named Mr. Entwistle president and CEO in July 2016. As CEO, he oversees 12,166 employees, 2,507 medical staff personnel, 3,003 nurses, and 1,161 residents and fellows. Prior to his current role, he served as CEO of the University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics in Salt Lake City. During his tenure at the University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics, Mr. Entwistle oversaw the region's only academic medical center, which includes 1,100 board-certified physicians.

Melinda Estes, MD. President and CEO of Saint Luke's Health System (Kansas City, Mo.). Saint Luke's Health System appointed Dr. Estes CEO in June 2011. As CEO, she oversees the 10 hospitals within the health system. In addition to leading St. Luke's, Dr. Estes is also a board member of the American Hospital Association, and she spearheaded the AHA's Physician Alliance launch to better bring physicians together.

Judy Faulkner. CEO and Founder of Epic Systems (Verona, Wis.). As the queen of EHRs, Ms. Faulkner told Healthcare IT News she was most proud of "building the first electronic health record — and by that changing the world." Since Epic's launch, Ms. Faulkner has seen the EHR grow to support more than half of Americans' medical records and generate roughly $2.5 billion in sales. She holds the No. 80 spot on Forbes' list of Powerful Women and is No. 73 on the Richest in Tech list as of May 2018.

David Feinberg, MD. President and CEO of Geisinger (Danville, Pa.). Overseeing 13 hospital campuses, more than 30,000 employees, 2,500 providers, 500 residents and fellows, and 360 medical students, Dr. Feinberg is known as an innovative healthcare leader. Before joining Geisinger as president and CEO, Dr. Feinberg served as CEO of University of California Los Angeles' hospitals, associate vice chancellor of UCLA Health Sciences and president of UCLA Health System. He is a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and earned the Cancro Academic Leadership Award from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Halee Fischer-Wright, MD. President and CEO of Medical Group Management Association (Englewood, Colo.). Along with her reputation as a leader in healthcare, Dr. Fischer-Wright is a former business consultant who focuses on innovation and developing cultures of excellence. Prior to her role as CEO of MGMA, she was a practicing physician and the CMO of Centennial, Colo.-based Centura Health. In 2011, Ms. Fischer-Wright co-authored the book Tribal Leadership, a New York Times bestseller that sheds light on leveraging natural groups to build successful organizations.

Teri Fontenot. President and CEO of Woman's Hospital (Baton Rouge, La.). With close to 20 years of leadership experience, Ms. Fontenot spent 12 years on the board of directors for the Sixth District Federal Reserve Bank and New Orleans branch board. She was the 2012 chair of the American Hospital Association board of trustees and chaired the Chief Executive Officers Committee of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Today, Ms. Fontenot oversees a 350-bed level 3 referral hospital.

Laura Forese, MD. Executive Vice President and COO of NewYork-Presbyterian (New York City). Dr. Forese joined NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in 2003 as vice president of medical affairs. Since then, she has served in various roles, including CMO, group senior vice president and COO. A pediatric orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Forese is an associate clinical professor of orthopedic surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center in New York City.

Robert Garrett. Co-CEO of Hackensack (N.J.) Meridian Health. As the co-CEO of the 16-hospital Hackensack Meridian Health that includes 6,500 physicians and 160 locations, Mr. Garrett leads the most comprehensive health network in New Jersey. He has a long career at Hackensack, starting as a resident at Hackensack University Medical Center in 1981. Between 2009 and 2016, he served as CEO of Hackensack University Health Network before assuming his current role when Hackensack merged with Meridian Health.

Bill and Melinda Gates. Co-Chairs of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (Seattle). After receiving advice from Warren Buffett — "Don't just go for safe projects. Take on the really tough problems." — Mr. and Ms. Gates set out to take on giant world challenges, from extreme poverty and poor health in developing counties to problems in America's education system. They began their philanthropic efforts in 1994, creating the William H. Gates Foundation to focus on global health. Three years later, Mr. and Ms. Gates created the Gates Learning Foundation to ensure low-income minority students are prepared for college. In 2000, the two organizations combined to form the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which has since funded programs to battle polio, malaria, HIV/AIDS and other serious health issues across the globe.

Atul Gawande, MD. Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (Boston). With interests in public health, much of Dr. Gawande's research examines errors in surgery and establishing error frequency. Currently, his research ranges from medical malpractice claims to safety in operating rooms. Dr. Gawande also writes the "Notes of a Surgeon" column for the New England Journal of Medicine and has spent two decades as a writer for The New Yorker.

Steven I. Goldstein. President and CEO of Strong Memorial Hospital (Rochester, N.Y.). Mr. Goldstein is president and CEO of Strong Memorial Hospital, a UR Medicine hospital with more than 39,000 annual admissions. He directs all aspects of the hospital's operations as well as managed care activities for Strong Memorial and the University of Rochester Medical Center's affiliates. He has a long career of leadership in healthcare, previously serving as president and CEO of Rochester General Hospital before joining Strong Memorial as executive director and COO in 1996.

Larry Goodman, MD. CEO of the Rush System and Rush University Medical Center (Chicago). Dr. Goodman began his career at Rush more than two decades ago when he served as an infectious disease specialist and associate dean of Rush Medical College. Since taking the helm as CEO in 2002, he has led the health system through major transformations, including a $1 billion campus expansion. Additionally, under Dr. Goodman's guidance, Rush University doubled in size to more than 2,500 students.

Jason Gorevic. CEO of Teladoc (Purchase, N.Y.). Since becoming CEO of Teladoc in 2009, Mr. Gorevic has grown the company into one of the world's largest telehealth companies. He first began his healthcare leadership experience at Oxford Health, an insurance provider, and then at WellPoint and Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield. Due to his extensive knowledge and background in the industry, Mr. Gorevic has earned the reputation as a trailblazer in the virtual delivery of healthcare.

Scott Gottlieb, MD. FDA Commissioner (Washington, D.C.). Prior to being sworn in as FDA commissioner in May 2017, Dr. Gottlieb served as the FDA's deputy commissioner for medical and scientific affairs. His time working with the FDA also included a stint as a senior adviser to the FDA commissioner. The U.S. Senate also acknowledged Dr. Gottlieb's leadership by appointing him to serve on the Federal Health Information Technology Policy Committee in 2013.

Robert I. Grossman, MD. CEO of NYU Langone Medical Center (New York City). Early into his tenure at NYU Langone Medical Center, Dr. Grossman made efforts to establish himself as a leader. He launched a major campus transformation, which included the addition of more than 7 million square feet. His leadership success landed him the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine's Gold Medal and an honorary doctorate from the University of Bordeaux in France.

Lisa E. Harris, MD. CEO of Eskenazi Health (Indianapolis). On top of being one of the few female health system CEOs, Dr. Harris is the associate dean for Eskenazi Health Affairs. She has a track record of success that has led her to serve as the John F. Williams Jr., MD, professor at Indianapolis-based Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Harris also has positive outcomes in mind for her patients, as her research focuses on patient satisfaction and quality assessment.

Dean Harrison. President and CEO of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare (Chicago). Since joining Northwestern Memorial HealthCare in 1998, Mr. Harrison has played a major role in the health system's expansion. The system now comprises seven hospitals, 100-plus ambulatory and diagnostic sites, and more than 4,400 physicians. While serving as CEO, Mr. Harrison is also on the board of directors for the Center for Medical Interoperability, the Executives' Club of Chicago and the Illinois Hospital Association. His success does not go unrecognized; he earned the 2010 CEO Leadership Circle of Excellence Award for Diversity from the U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency.

A. Marc Harrison, MD. President and CEO of Intermountain Healthcare (Salt Lake City). Dr. Harrison oversees Intermountain Healthcare, a nonprofit health system with 22 hospitals and 1,400 employed physicians at more than 185 Intermountain Medical Group clinics. Under his leadership, Intermountain is spearheading an initiative to create a new generic drug company that will place patient needs ahead of profits. Dr. Harrison is a pediatric critical care specialist who served as chief of international business development for Cleveland Clinic before joining Intermountain in 2016.

Andrew Hayek. CEO of OptumHealth (Eden Prairie, Minn.). Mr. Hayek leads OptumHealth, a health services management company with over 150 locations worldwide. He previously served as chairman and CEO of Surgical Care Affiliates, which OptumHealth acquired in 2017 in a $2.3 billion transaction. Mr. Hayek is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute and serves as chairman of One World Surgery, a medical mission serving the people of Honduras.

Stephen Hemsley. Executive Chairman of UnitedHealth Group (Minnetonka, Minn.). As executive chairman of UnitedHealth Group, the largest health insurer in the U.S. with more than 130 million global customers, Mr. Hemsley guides the strategic responsibilities of the board of directors. Mr. Hemsley joined UnitedHealth Group in 1998 as COO and served as CEO from 2006 to 2017. Under Mr. Hemsley's leadership, UnitedHealth Group delivered total overall returns of 4,500 percent, or 22.4 percent annually.

Rodney F. Hochman, MD. President and CEO of Providence St. Joseph Health (Renton, Wash.). Dr. Hochman leads a health system with 50 hospitals, 829 clinics and more than 110,000 employees across seven states. He served as president and CEO of Seattle-based Swedish Health Services before the system aligned with Providence. Dr. Hochman trained in rheumatology and internal medicine and served as a clinical fellow in internal medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston and Hanover, N.H.-based Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine.

Christopher Holden. President, CEO and Director of Envision Healthcare Corp. (Nashville, Tenn.). Mr. Holden previously served as president, CEO and director of national ASC chain AmSurg before joining Envision Healthcare when the organizations merged in 2016. He now heads the combined company with over 780 hospitals and more than 260 ASCs. Before joining AmSurg, Mr. Holden was a founding team member and officer of Plano, Texas-based Triad Hospitals.

Jim Hinton. CEO of Baylor Scott & White Health (Dallas). As CEO of the largest nonprofit health system in Texas, Mr. Hinton oversees 48 hospitals with more than 7,800 active physicians and 47,000 employees, as well as the Scott & White Health Plan. Before joining BS&W in 2017, Mr. Hinton served as president and CEO of the nonprofit Albuquerque, N.M.-based Presbyterian Healthcare Services, where he led the development of its integrated system. He served as the 2014 chair for the board of trustees of the American Hospital Association and previously chaired the AHA's Committee on Research and the Operations Committee.

Omar Ishrak, PhD. Chairman and CEO of Medtronic (Minneapolis). Since 2011, Mr. Ishrak has served as chairman and CEO of Medtronic, a medical technology company with $29 billion in annual revenue and operations in more than 160 countries. Mr. Ishrak engineered the largest medical technology acquisition in the industry's history in 2014 when Medtronic acquired the $10 billion surgical products manufacturer Covidien. Prior to joining Medtronic, Mr. Ishrak served as president and CEO of GE Healthcare Systems, a $12 billion division of GE Healthcare with an expansive medical technology portfolio. Mr. Ishrak currently serves as co-chair of the World Economic Forum's Health and Healthcare Community, is a member of the board of directors of Intel, the board of trustees of the Asia Society and the Minnesota Public Radio board of trustees.

Anupam B. Jena, MD, PhD. Ruth L. Newhouse Associate Professor of Healthcare Policy at Harvard Medical School (Boston). Dr. Jena is a physician and economist whose research includes the economics of physician behavior, the physician workforce, healthcare productivity and medical innovation, as well as medical malpractice. He is a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research and an internist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Dr. Jena recently co-authored a study in the New England Journal of Medicine demonstrating that the number of gun injuries in the U.S. decreases during the National Rifle Association's annual convention.

R. Milton Johnson. Chairman and CEO of Hospital Corporation of America (Nashville, Tenn.). Mr. Johnson leads the $41.5 billion Hospital Corporation of America, which provides about 5 percent of hospital services in the U.S. The organization encompasses 179 hospitals, 120 freestanding surgery centers and 240,000 employees. HCA estimates its cash taxes were reduced about $500 million for 2018 as a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and Mr. Johnson plans to reinvest the expected savings into HCA's markets and workforce development. He also serves as chairman of the Federation of American Hospitals, the Nashville Chamber of Commerce and The HCA Foundation, and serves on the boards of the Center for Medical Interoperability, the Nashville Health Care Council and the United Way of Metropolitan Nashville.

Larry Kaiser, MD. President and CEO of Temple University Health System (Philadelphia). Dr. Kaiser heads the $2.1 billion Temple University Health System and serves as senior executive vice president for health affairs at Temple University, where he is also the dean of the Lewis Katz School of Medicine and a practicing thoracic surgeon. Before joining Temple, Dr. Kaiser served as the president of UTHealth in Houston, where he oversaw six schools with more than 10,000 faculty and trainees and a 900-member physician practice. Dr. Kaiser has authored 14 books and over 250 papers, served as an editorial board member for several scientific journals, and previously served as a director of the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.

Mike Kaufmann. CEO of Cardinal Health (Dublin, Ohio). Mr. Kaufmann leads Cardinal Health, an integrated healthcare services and products company with 50,000 employees in nearly 60 countries. Prior to becoming CEO and joining the board of directors in January 2018, Mr. Kaufmann served as Cardinal Health's CFO and led the company to a top 15 ranking in the 2017 Fortune 500. Mr. Kaufmann played a critical role in directing Cardinal Health's joint venture with CVS Health that formed Red Oak Sourcing, as well as the creation of Cardinal Health's technology innovation center, Fuse. He currently serves on the board of directors for MSC Industrial Supply and the executive board of Red Oak Sourcing, and is the executive sponsor of the Cardinal Health Women's Initiative Network, an employee resource group designed to support women in healthcare leadership.

Howard Kern. President and CEO of Sentara Healthcare (Norfolk, Va.). Mr. Kern heads Sentara Healthcare, a nonprofit integrated healthcare system with net revenues of $6 billion. The system operates 12 acute care hospitals, 10 nursing centers and three assisted living centers, as well as a health plan that covers 450,000 people in Virginia, North Carolina and Ohio. Mr. Kern joined Sentara in 1980 and served as COO before taking on the mantle of CEO in 2016. He is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives with 38 years of executive management experience across the healthcare industry. Mr. Kern serves on many community and corporate boards, including MDLive, Virginia Biosciences Health Research Corp., the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and the Wall Street Journal CEO Council.

Stephen K. Klasko, MD. President and CEO of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health (Philadelphia). Dr. Klasko oversees a health system with more than 30,000 employees, 7,800 students, 6,600 practitioners and 4,400 faculty. Under Dr. Klasko's leadership, Jefferson Health grew from a three-hospital system with revenues of $2.2 billion to a 14-hospital organization with more than $5.1 billion in annual revenues. Before joining Jefferson Health, Dr. Klasko served as CEO of USF Health and dean of the Morsani College of Medicine at the University of South Florida in Tampa, where he created the Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation, the nation's largest center for assessing technical and teamwork competence. Dr. Klasko serves as editor-in-chief of the journal Healthcare Transformation and is the author of several books on healthcare. He serves on the board of global medical device company Teleflex and is a trustee of Bethlehem, Pa.-based Lehigh University.

Sarah Krevans. President and CEO of Sutter Health (Sacramento, Calif.). As president and CEO of Sutter Health, Ms. Krevans heads a nonprofit health system that includes 24 hospitals, 36 ambulatory surgery centers and more than 55,000 physicians, employees and volunteers. Ms. Krevans holds master's degrees in business administration and public health from UC Berkeley. She joined Sutter Health in 1999 and became Sutter Health's COO in 2012 before being named president and CEO of the system in 2016. Under Ms. Krevans' leadership, Sutter Health and Sutter's Valley Area were named among America's top five large health systems by Truven Health Analytics.

Mark R. Laret. President and CEO of UCSF Health (San Francisco). Under Mr. Laret's leadership, UCSF Medical Center reversed a $60 million annual loss in 2000 and produced a $70 million annual gain within five years. As president and CEO of UCSF Health, Mr. Laret spearheaded an initiative to build a $1.5 billion hospital complex at the UCSF Mission Bay campus, raising $600 million in private contributions for the facility. Before joining UCSF Health in 2000, Mr. Laret served as CEO of UC Irvine Medical Center. He is the immediate past chair of the California Hospital Association and past chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges' board of directors. Mr. Laret is currently a member of the board of directors of Varian Medical Systems in Palo Alto, Calif., Boston-based Nuance Communications and the international charity Mercy Ships. He has chaired corporate fundraising drives in San Francisco for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and American Heart Association.

James Leonard, MD. President and CEO of The Carle Foundation (Urbana, Ill.). Dr. Leonard serves as president and CEO of The Carle Foundation, which includes three hospitals with 926,127 annual inpatient and outpatient visits, a large physician practice and a health plan covering more than 240,000 members in five states. Dr. Leonard is a board-certified family physician with additional training in sports medicine and addiction medicine. He is the past chair and current member of the Illinois Hospital Association Board and serves on the American Hospital Association board of trustees.

Kevin Lofton. CEO of Catholic Health Initiatives (Englewood, Colo.). Mr. Lofton oversees the third-largest nonprofit health system in the U.S., which includes 101 hospitals and 29 critical access facilities and community health service organizations across 18 states. He will share the office of the CEO with the president and CEO of Dignity Health, Lloyd Dean, when the organizations merge at the end of 2018 to provide care across 28 states. Mr. Lofton served as chairman of the board of trustees of the American Hospital Association in 2007 and pioneered the organization's Equity of Care initiative to address healthcare disparities for ethnic and racial minorities.

Stephen Mansfield, PhD. President and CEO of Methodist Health System (Dallas). Under Dr. Mansfield's leadership as president and CEO, Methodist Health System tripled in size with 10 hospitals and two dozen family health and urgent care clinics. Before joining Methodist in 2006, Dr. Mansfield served as president and CEO of the five-hospital, Little Rock, Ark.-based St. Vincent Health System. He is past chairman of the Dallas Regional Chamber and is a member of the Institute of Healthcare Executives and Suppliers.

Edward Marx. CIO of Cleveland Clinic. Mr. Marx serves as CIO of Cleveland Clinic, an $8 billion health system with a main campus, 10 regional hospitals, 18 family health centers, and facilities in Canada, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. Before joining Cleveland Clinic, Mr. Marx served as senior vice president and CIO of Arlington-based Texas Health Resources. He spent 15 years in the Army Reserve as a combat medic and combat engineer officer, and currently serves on the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives Faculty for the CIO Boot Camp, training aspiring healthcare technology leaders.

Patricia Maryland, DrPH. Executive Vice President of Ascension and President and CEO of Ascension Healthcare (St. Louis). Dr. Maryland oversees Ascension Healthcare, which operates more than 2,600 sites, including 153 hospitals and more than 50 senior living facilities, in 22 states and the District of Columbia. She previously served as the executive vice president and COO of Indianapolis-based St. Vincent Health, where she helped create six Centers of Excellence. She served as chair of the Citizens' Health Care Working Group and is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the National Association of Health Services Executives and the Medical Group Management Association.

John Mazziotta, MD, PhD. Vice Chancellor of UCLA Health Sciences and CEO of UCLA Health. Dr. Mazziotta became UCLA Health Sciences vice chancellor and CEO of UCLA Health in 2015, and under his leadership UCLA Health ranked No. 7 in the nation on the 2017-18 U.S. News & World Report rankings. Originally joining the UCLA faculty in 1983, Dr. Mazziotta has served as neurology department chair, executive vice dean and dean of the David Geffen School of Medicine, one of U.S. News & World Report's top 10 schools in the nation for research and primary care in the 2019 rankings. Dr. Mazziotta has also authored more than 260 research papers and established the UCLA Brain Mapping Center.

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri). United States Senator. Ms. McCaskill has shattered multiple glass ceilings in her political career spanning more than 30 years. She became the first woman elected Jackson County (Mo.) prosecutor in 1992 and the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate from Missouri in 2006. Before becoming a senator, she launched one of the nation's first drug courts while leading the largest prosecutor's office in the state and served as Missouri state auditor. Ms. McCaskill has now dedicated her efforts to investigating drastic increases in the price of drugs, and in March, she released a report showing the price of many popular brand-name drugs increased at nearly 10 times the cost of inflation from 2012 to 2017.

Larry Merlo. President and CEO of CVS Health (Woonsocket, R.I.). Mr. Merlo joined CVS Pharmacy in 1990 through its acquisition of People's Drug and made his way to the top of the $9.5 billion company, helping secure its position within the healthcare industry by ending tobacco product sales and changing its corporate name from CVS Caremark to CVS Health in 2014. Since becoming CVS' president and CEO in 2011, Larry Merlo has overseen several major transactions, including the 2015 acquisition of Target's 1,600-plus pharmacies and clinics and the pending $69 billion acquisition of Aetna. Under Mr. Merlo's leadership, CVS now has more than 9,800 retail pharmacies and 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, and it's planning a foray into the medical device industry.

Redonda Miller, MD. President of The Johns Hopkins Hospital (Baltimore). In May 2016, Dr. Miller became the first female president in The Johns Hopkins Hospital's 127-year history. Dr. Miller received the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House's Mary Pickersgill Award for Women's Leadership, and she has been named one of Maryland's Top 100 Women by The Daily Record and one of Baltimore's Best Doctors and Best Doctors for Women by Baltimore magazine. Dr. Miller previously served seven years as vice president of medical affairs at the 1,192-bed Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Ralph Muller. CEO of the University of Pennsylvania Health System (Philadelphia). As CEO of the $7.8 billion University of Pennsylvania Health System, Mr. Muller oversees the system's six acute-care hospitals, 39,394 employees and 6,818 physicians. Mr. Muller joined UPHS in 2003 with extensive healthcare leadership under his belt, including nearly two decades as president of The University of Chicago Hospitals and Health System and one year with the London-based Kings Fund, an English charity dedicated to improving health and care. Under Mr. Muller's leadership, Penn Medicine has partnered with Philadelphia-based Mercy Health System of Southeastern Pennsylvania and Langhorne, Pa.-based St. Mary Medical Center to develop population health initiatives in the Philadelphia area, where UPHS made a $4.8 billion economic impact in 2017.

Elizabeth Nabel, MD. President of Brigham Health (Boston). Since 2010, Dr. Elizabeth Nabel has served as president of Harvard-affiliated Brigham Health, which includes Brigham and Women's Hospital, Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital and the Brigham and Women's Physician Organization. During her time at the helm of Brigham Health, she has spearheaded an initiative to develop a new translational research and clinical facility and launched a $1.5 billion fundraising campaign for advancements in medical training, research and clinical care. Expanding her influence beyond the health system, Dr. Nabel was elected to the Medtronic board of directors in 2014 and joined the Moderna Therapeutics board of directors in 2015.

Janice Nevin, MD. President and CEO of Christiana Care Health System (Wilmington, Del.). As leader of the largest health system in Delaware, Dr. Nevin helped the two-hospital, 1,100-bed organization develop the care coordination platform Carelink CareNow, which earned the 2017 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award for addressing patients' social and behavioral health needs. Also in 2017, Dr. Nevin was inducted into the Delaware Women's Hall of Fame and received Delaware's Grassroots Champion Award from the American Hospital Association and the David G. Menser Award from the Wilmington Senior Center.

John Noseworthy, MD. President and CEO of Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minn.). Dr. John Noseworthy has spent nearly 30 years with one of the largest nonprofit academic health systems in the U.S., with $12 billion in annual revenues and over 63,000 employees in 2017. After the completion of a $3.76 billion philanthropic campaign, he was asked by the Mayo Clinic board of trustees to serve one final year with the health system before retiring at the end of 2018. The Mayo Clinic's major accomplishments during Dr. Noseworthy's nine-year tenure as president and CEO include high staff satisfaction, high-quality outcomes, growing revenues and providing service to more than 1 million patients.

Randy Oostra. President and CEO of ProMedica (Toledo, Ohio). Mr. Oostra is president and CEO of ProMedica, a nonprofit integrated healthcare organization serving communities in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Mr. Oostra has 40 years of healthcare and management expertise, including 20 years of experience at ProMedica. During his tenure, six of ProMedica's 13 hospitals earned above average star ratings from CMS and ProMedica Toledo Hospital earned recognition as one of the top hospitals in the U.S. News & World Report rankings.

Richard J. Pollack. President and CEO of the American Hospital Association (Chicago). In 2015, Mr. Pollack became the 11th person to hold the top post at the American Hospital Association in the organization's 100-plus year history. He has spent more than three decades with the association, serving as associate director for legislation, vice president for federal relations and deputy director of the Washington, D.C., office. With 20-plus years of service as the AHA's executive vice president for advocacy and public policy, Mr. Pollack has demonstrated his expertise in pushing the organization's advocacy efforts forward.

Marsha Powers. Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of Tenet (Dallas). A veteran healthcare executive with more than 30 years of experience, Ms. Powers joined Tenet in 2007 and has served as CEO of both its Florida Region and Eastern Region-Coastal Division, where she oversaw the direction, strategy and operations for 17 hospitals. In her current position, Ms. Powers exhibits a talent for developing high-quality, niche healthcare programs while focusing on market share growth, physician recruitment and quality patient care. For her valuable leadership, she was awarded the 2016 Federation of American Hospitals Corris Boyd Leadership Award and recognized as a Power Leader by South Florida Business Journal.

Larry Renfro. CEO of Optum (Eden Prairie, Minn.). Mr. Renfro joined Optum — the health services platform of UnitedHealth Group — in 2009 and has led OptumInsight, OptumHealth and Optum Rx through years of strong performance. With Mr. Renfro at the wheel, Optum acquired Surgical Care Affiliates at the beginning of 2017 and closed out the year with plans to acquire DaVita Medical Group. Before joining Optum, Mr. Renfro held senior executive roles at five companies, including Fidelity Investments and AARP Services.

Michael Riordan. CEO of Strategic Coordinating Organization (Greenville, S.C.). Mr. Riordan left his post as president and CEO of Greenville Health System in 2016, after 10 years of leadership during which he helped GHS become one of the largest nonprofit health systems in the region and grow its physician group to almost 1,000 providers. Mr. Riordan is now responsible for making strategic decisions about the direction of GHS and other affiliates as CEO of the Strategic Coordinating Organization. As an administrative board member of the Council of Teaching Hospitals and Health Systems, Mr. Riordan also represents COTH's interests in Association of American Medical Colleges policymaking.

James L. Robinson III, PsyD. President of Presence Saint Joseph Hospital-Chicago. Dr. James Robinson III took the reins at Presence Saint Joseph Hospital-Chicago in June 2017, with more than 20 years of hospital administration and clinical operations leadership experience. Dr. Robinson was well-equipped to take on the role after serving as senior vice president and CEO of the 145-bed Methodist South Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., where he boosted associate satisfaction to the 98th percentile, improved patient satisfaction by 9 percent and decreased the readmission rate by 12 percent. Dr. Robinson was previously CEO and medical center director at both the 244-bed Memphis Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the 340-bed Carl Vinson Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Dublin, Ga.

Jeffrey A. Romoff. President and CEO of UPMC (Pittsburgh). During Jeffrey Romoff's tenure, UPMC has transformed from an academic medical center into a $16 billion, fully integrated global entity. Intent on helping the health system "become the Amazon of healthcare," Mr. Romoff has led UPMC to acquire several facilities from Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems, buy out Harrisburg, Pa.-based UPMC Pinnacle and invest $2 billion to construct three digitally focused specialty hospitals. Before driving the expansion of an organization with more than 30 hospitals and 80,000 employees, Mr. Romoff served as Office of Education and Regional Programming director, administrator and associate director at University of Pittsburgh's Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, which received more funding than any other institution from the National Institute of Mental Health under his leadership.

Paul B. Rothman, MD. Vice President of Medicine of Johns Hopkins University and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine (Baltimore). Dr. Paul Rothman became the 14th dean of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the second-ever CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine in 2012, tasked with overseeing the school as well as Johns Hopkins Health System's six hospitals, hundreds of physicians and a self-funded health plan. Dr. Rothman is a distinguished healthcare leader, having won numerous awards, including the James S. McDonnell Foundation Career Development Award, a Pfizer Scholars Award, a Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences Award and the Pharmacia Allergy Research Foundation International Award. Dr. Rothman also serves on the board of directors for Merck, a global pharmaceutical company that generated $40.1 billion in revenue last year.

Richard Rothman, MD, PhD. Founder of Rothman Institute (Philadelphia). Dr. Rothman founded the Rothman Institute in 1970, when he was in his early 30s and hip replacement procedures were still emerging in Philadelphia. Dr. Rothman has now accumulated nearly five more decades of experience practicing orthopedic surgery and grown his practice approximately 15 to 20 percent annually for 45 years. Dr. Rothman has benefited thousands of patients through his extensive teaching efforts and research, which famously includes the development of the Accolade total hip system — one of the most widely used hip systems in the U.S., Australia, Canada and Asia, used in over 200,000 patients to date.

Susan Salka. President, CEO and Director at AMN Healthcare (San Diego). Ms. Susan Salka joined AMN Healthcare in 1990 and became president in 2003. Ms. Salka was named CEO in 2005 and earned San Diego Magazine's Woman of the Year in 2012. During her tenure at the helm, Ms. Salka led AMN through acquisitions of five companies in 2015, and in 2018 — after reporting a 5 percent boost in revenue to nearly $2 billion for fiscal year 2017 — the healthcare staffing firm completed three acquisitions worth a total of $195 million. Along with building out the company's portfolio of workforce solutions, Ms. Salka has focused on building up women in leadership; in 2015, AMN Healthcare was identified among the top 10 California companies with the highest percentages of women holding top jobs.

William Sanger. Chairman of the Board of Envision Healthcare (Greenwood Village, Colo.). Envision Healthcare reported net revenues of $3.7 billion in fiscal year 2016, the year Mr. Sanger guided the company through its merger with AmSurg. He spent five years as president and CEO of Envision before assuming his current role as chairman of the board. Mr. Sanger had taken charge at the company with proven expertise, having served as president of EmCare Holdings and CEO of EmCare and American Medical Response before they became part of Envision. Mr. Sanger also previously secured president and CEO roles at multiple other healthcare companies, including Cancer Treatment Centers of America from 1997 to 2001, and co-founded both Bidon Co. and PhyMatrix Corp.

John Jay Shannon, MD. CEO of Cook County Health & Hospitals System (Chicago). As chief of clinical integration, Dr. Shannon guided the Cook County Health & Hospitals System to efficiently organize its resources, strategically position its leadership team and ultimately deliver better patient care. He was then unanimously appointed CEO by the CCHHS board of directors in June 2014. That fiscal year, the system that historically operated in the red increased its net position by more than $20 million. While working to ensure CCHHS efficiently uses taxpayer dollars, Dr. Shannon has aligned the system's role as a care provider in traditional and correctional settings, as a public health authority and as a health plan.

Louis Shapiro. President and CEO of Hospital for Special Surgery (New York City). Mr. Shapiro became the president and CEO of Hospital for Special Surgery in October 2006 after spending time as executive vice president and COO of Geisinger in Danville, Pa. He oversees the No. 1 hospital for orthopedic surgery as ranked by U.S. News & World Report and during his tenure the hospital earned the Gallup Great Workplace Award twice for being among the most engaged workplaces in the world. Mr. Shapiro has been the board chairman of the Greater New York Hospital Association and continues to serve on the executive committee.

Peter Slavin, MD. President of Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston). Dr. Slavin spent two years as president of St. Louis-based Barnes-Jewish Hospital before joining Massachusetts General Hospital in 1999 as chairman and CEO of Massachusetts General Physicians Organization. In 2003, he was promoted to president and CEO of Mass General, a 999-bed hospital that admits 48,000 inpatients and reports 1.5 million outpatient visits annually. Under his leadership, Mass General earned the 2015 Foster G. McGaw Prize for Excellence in Community Service and was named among the top 10 hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report in 2018.

Anthony Speranzo. Executive Vice President and CFO of Ascension (St. Louis). Mr. Speranzo joined Ascension in 2002 and currently serves as executive vice president and CFO, leading all finance aspects of the health system. He oversees treasury function, debt management, investments and mergers and acquisitions for the faith-based healthcare organization. Mr. Speranzo has previous experience as senior vice president and CFO of Ascension Health, managing director of U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray and vice president and manager of corporate fiancé for John Nuveen & Co.

Johnese Spisso. President of UCLA Health and CEO of UCLA Hospital System. With more than 30 years of healthcare leadership experience, Ms. Spisso currently serves as president of UCLA Health, CEO of UCLA Hospital System and associate vice chancellor of UCLA Health Sciences, where she is responsible for overseeing UCLA hospital operations. Ms. Spisso took on her current role in February 2016 after spending 20 years at UW Medicine in Seattle, where she played a major role in expanding collaborations with regional hospitals. Ms. Spisso began her career as a registered nurse and was promoted through UC Davis Medical Center.

Marilyn Tavenner, BSN, RN. President and CEO of America's Health Insurance Plans (Washington, D.C.). Ms. Tavenner served as CMS administrator and principal deputy administrator from 2010 to 2015 before leaving the agency to become president and CEO of America's Health Insurance Plans. She also has experience as secretary of Health and Human Resources in the cabinet of former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine and spent more than 20 years employed by Hospital Corporation of America. In her current role, Ms. Tavenner leads the association, with members that provide health and supplemental business to 200 million Americans.

Spence Taylor, MD. President of Greenville (S.C.) Health System. Dr. Taylor joined Greenville Health System in 1992 and is currently responsible for overseeing operations at the large nonprofit health system. The health system now encompasses eight medical campuses, 180 physician practice sites and more than 1,100 physicians. Since Dr. Taylor took the reins, GHS has grown significantly, opening the new University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville. He also created the only vascular surgery residency at the hospital and developed the minimal access surgery fellowship. In 2018, he served as vice chair-elect of the American Board of Surgery.

Anthony Tersigni, EdD. President and CEO of Ascension (St. Louis). Dr. Tersigni oversees one of the largest faith-based healthcare organizations in the U.S. as president and CEO of Ascension, which includes more than 2,600 sites of service with 153 hospitals and 34,000 aligned providers. Based on his experience of more than 36 years in healthcare leadership, Dr. Tersigni combines his strategic and leadership capabilities with the ability to recognize and capitalize on growth opportunities. He serves on the board of directors for the National Council Society of St. Vincent de Paul Foundation and is a member and past chair of the Healthcare Leadership Council.

Kent Thiry. Chairman and CEO of DaVita and CEO of DaVita Medical Group (Denver). Mr. Thiry became CEO of DaVita in 1999 and became CEO of the integrated care business, DaVita Medical Group, in October 2014. He was the co-chairman of the board from November 2012 to June 2015 and previously spent time as chairman of the board and CEO of Vivra Holdings. Early in his career, Mr. Thiry was a consultant and then vice president of Bain & Co. Mr. Thiry was at the helm when Optum announced plans to acquire DaVita Medical Group for $4.9 billion in December 2017.

David Torchiana, MD. President and CEO of Partners HealthCare (Boston). As president and CEO of Partners HealthCare, Dr. Torchiana is responsible for a large nonprofit health system formed by Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. In 2017, Partners HealthCare earned a spot among America's Best Employers as ranked by Forbes, one year after earning the 2016 Microsoft Health Innovation Award.

Bernard Tyson. Chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente (Oakland, Calif.). Mr. Tyson became CEO of Kaiser Permanente in 2013 and took on the chairmanship shortly thereafter, in January 2014. He has spent more than 33 years at Kaiser Permanente, successfully managing several aspects of the 12 million-member organization. The health system spans eight states and the District of Columbia, reporting operating revenue of around $73 billion. The health system includes 39 hospitals, 680 physician offices and around 22,080 physicians across all specialties.

Michael Ugwueke. President and CEO of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare (Memphis). Mr. Ugwueke became president and COO of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare in May 2014 and was promoted to president and CEO in January 2017. He has experience providing strategic and operational leadership for the health system's five adult inpatient hospitals and affiliated entities. Early in his career, Mr. Ugwueke spent time as the vice president of operations at what was then Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center, a 517-bed hospital in Joliet, Ill., that became Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center when Provena and Resurrection Health merged in 2011.

Chris Van Gorder. President and CEO of Scripps Health (San Diego). Mr. Van Gorder became the president and CEO of Scripps Health in 2000 and is currently overseeing a $3.1 billion restructuring of the integrated healthcare system to more closely align with the goals of healthcare reform. He is responsible for the health system's 15,000 employees and 3,000 affiliated physicians, and over the past few years implemented a plan to double the number of ambulatory locations in the San Diego region. Mr. Van Gorder is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and served as its chairman in 2010.

Seema Verma. Administrator of CMS (Baltimore). Ms. Verma was appointed the 15th CMS administrator during the Trump administration on March 14, 2017. She spent more than two decades guiding healthcare policy in the public and private sectors before taking on the leadership role at CMS, including time working with the state of Indiana to develop the Healthy Indiana Plan, the state's Medicaid program. As CMS administrator, Ms. Verma has overseen the implementation of several new policies, including updates to the bundled care program and fostering innovation for value-based care models.

Kevin Vermeer. CEO and President of UnityPoint Health (West Des Moines, Iowa). Mr. Vermeer became president and CEO of UnityPoint Health in January 2016 after spending more than a decade in various leadership roles with the organization. He was CFO for Iowa Health System — which became UnityPoint Health — from 2009 to 2012 and CFO of Waterloo, Iowa-based Allen Memorial Hospital. In addition to his role with UnityPoint Health, Dr. Vermeer serves on the American Heart Association Regional Policy Board.

Kate Walsh. President and CEO of Boston Medical Center Health System. As president and CEO of the 567-bed Boston Medical Center health system, Ms. Walsh oversees the nonprofit organization, which serves as the primary teaching affiliate of Boston University School of Medicine. The hospital has 5,400 employees and 750 physicians as well as the BMC HealthNet Plan with more than 300,000 members. Before joining Boston Medical Center, Ms. Walsh spent time as the executive vice president and COO of Boston-based Brigham and Women's Hospital and COO of Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research.

Trevor Wright. COO of Loma Linda (Calif.) University Medical Center. In 2015, Mr. Wright became COO of Loma Linda University Medical Center, overseeing the health system's six hospital campuses. He has more than 20 years of hospital operational experience, including time as the senior vice president and administrator for LLUMC's University Hospital and senior vice president and COO of Kansas City, Kan.-based Shawnee Mission Health. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and has experience in strategic planning, fiscal leadership and business development.

Eugene Woods. President and CEO of Atrium Health (Charlotte, N.C.). In February 2016, Mr. Woods became president and CEO of Carolinas HealthCare System, which has since changed its name to Atrium Health. He oversees more than 60,000 full-time and part-time employees who provide care in around 11.5 million patient encounters annually. The health system has 900 locations in North Carolina and South Carolina. He has also been chairman of the American Hospital Association and a member of the board. Before joining Atrium, Mr. Woods spent time as president and COO of Irving, Texas-based Christus Health.

Alex Wubbels, RN. Charge Nurse at University of Utah Hospital (Salt Lake City). Ms. Wubbels was on duty as a nurse at the University of Utah Hospital when she was arrested by Salt Lake City police officers for barring them from drawing blood from an unconscious patient in 2017. The officers' request went against the hospital's policies, and her resistance to the request became national news. In October, she agreed to a settlement for the incident.

 

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