100 Leaders of Great Hospitals

Aristotle is famous for saying a person who has never learned to obey can never be a good leader. The axiom still holds true today in any leadership role. For hospital executives in an era of great uncertainty, learning from predecessors and previous experiences is what has made these following 100 hospitals as successful as they are today. Their leadership continues to serve as a primer for the future.

Here are the presidents, CEOs and/or primary leaders of the Becker's Hospital Review 100 Great Hospitals, listed in alphabetical order.

Richard Afable, MD. President and CEO of Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian (Newport Beach, Calif.). Dr. Afable runs the 498-bed Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, which is the 12th largest hospital in California and the largest independent hospital in Orange County. Previously, he was executive vice president and CMO of Newtown Square, Pa.-based Catholic Health East. Dr. Afable was also founder, president and CEO of Preferred Physician Partners, a physician practice management company based in Ohio.

Robert Bachman. CEO of Emory University Hospital (Atlanta). Mr. Bachman oversees the 573-bed Emory University Hospital, one of the top tertiary care facilities in Atlanta. He started his healthcare career as a respiratory therapist and later became the director of respiratory services at Grady Memorial Hospital and Emory Crawford Long Hospital (now known as Emory University Hospital Midtown). Mr. Bachman also served as director of medical education services for the Emory University School of Medicine before becoming COO of Emory University Hospital in 2001.

Mark Billings. President of Presbyterian Hospital (Charlotte, N.C.). Prior to his appointment as president of Presbyterian Hospital and Presbyterian Healthcare, Mr. Billings served as vice president and administrator of Presbyterian Hospital Matthews (N.C.). He also was the vice president of support services and patient access at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., and before joining the Novant Health organization, Mr. Billings served various roles at naval hospitals and clinics in North Carolina and Virginia.

Marc Boom, MD. President and CEO of The Methodist Hospital (Houston). Dr. Boom became president and CEO of The Methodist Hospital System in January 2012 after having served as executive vice president of the hospital since 2005. He previously served as senior vice president and COO of the hospital, president and CEO of The Methodist Diagnostic Hospital and president, CEO and medical director of Baylor-Methodist Primary Care Associates.

Marna Borgstrom. CEO of Yale-New Haven (Conn.) Hospital. Ms. Borgstrom has been at Yale-New Haven Hospital since 1979, and she became president and CEO in 2005. She is chair of the Connecticut Hospital Association Board of Trustees and a board member on the University HealthSystem Consortium, an alliance of 116 academic medical centers and 264 of their affiliated hospitals. Ms. Borgstrom is also chair of The Country School, a private day-school in Madison, Conn.

David Brooks. CEO of Providence Regional Medical Center (Everett, Wash.). Prior to Mr. Brooks' current role, he was the COO at Central DuPage Health in Winfield, Ill. He has also served executive leadership roles at CHRISTUS Health in Irving, Texas, Lovelace Health System in Albuquerque, N.M., and Henry Ford Health System in Detroit.

Robin Brown Jr. CEO of Scripps Green Hospital (La Jolla, Calif.). Mr. Brown has more than 30 years of healthcare executive experience, and 20 of those years have been in a variety of roles within San Diego-based Scripps Health. He has been CEO of the 173-bed Scripps Green Hospital since 2000, a position he considers to be the most "challenging and rewarding" position of his healthcare career.

Patricia Cassidy. Interim President and CEO of Loyola University Medical Center (Maywood, Ill.). Ms. Cassidy currently serves as the interim president of Loyola University Medical Center and also the president of Loyola Gottlieb Memorial Hospital in Melrose Park, Ill. She also is senior vice president of the Loyola University Health System, which officially became a part of Novi, Mich.-based Trinity Health in July 2011, and is responsible for Loyola's strategic planning.

Shane Cerone. President of Beaumont Hospital (Royal Oak, Mich.). Mr. Cerone first joined Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak in 2008 as the hospital's senior vice president and COO. Prior to his Beaumont tenure, Mr. Cerone served in various leadership roles at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and was an adjunct assistant professor in health management with the University of Iowa College of Public Health.

Craig Cordola. CEO of Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center (Houston). Mr. Cordola served as assistant vice president and CEO of Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston for seven years before being named CEO of Memorial Hermann Health System's flagship hospital in September 2010. He is also the associate dean for hospital affairs and community partnerships at The University of Texas Medical School in Houston.

Steven Corwin, MD. CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (New York City). Dr. Corwin, a cardiologist and internist, is CEO of both NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System, a group of hospitals and other healthcare organizations in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Dr. Corwin became CEO of the hospital in September 2011 after serving as executive vice president and COO of the hospital for six years. He was also senior vice president and CMO of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital for seven years.

Delos Cosgrove, MD. President and CEO of Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Cosgrove joined the Cleveland Clinic in 1975 and became chairman of the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular surgery in 1989. He has published roughly 450 journal articles and has performed more than 22,000 operations, making him one of the leading experts of cardiac surgery and valve repair in the country. Dr. Cosgrove was a surgeon in the U.S. Air Force and served in Da Nang, Republic of Vietnam as the Chief of U.S. Air Force Casualty Staging Flight, where he was awarded the Bronze Star and the Republic of Vietnam Commendation Medal.

Susan Croushore. President and CEO of The Christ Hospital (Cincinnati). As president and CEO of The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, a 555-bed facility that includes more than 1,000 physicians, Ms. Croushore has focused on workforce retention and quality improvement. She previously served as CEO of Jeanes Hospital-Temple University Health System in Pennsylvania.

Pamela Davis. President and CEO of Edward Hospital (Naperville, Ill.). Ms. Davis has served as president and CEO of Edward Hospital and Health Services since 1988, but she is most known for her large role in the eventual arrest of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Ms. Davis exposed the corruption of the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board, which demanded she hire their contractors in order to build a new 146-bed facility, by wearing a wiretap for the FBI. She was recognized by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners for those whistleblowing efforts.

Kyle DeFur. President of St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital. Mr. DeFur has held his position as president of St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital since December 2007. He also heads St. Vincent Women's Hospital, St. Vincent Stress Center and Peyton Manning Children's Hospital at St. Vincent. Mr. DeFur was previously president of Saint John's Health System, CEO of Arbor Hospital of Evansville and administrator of Charter Hospital of Rockford (Ill.).

Marie Droege. President of Robert Packer Hospital (Sayre, Pa.). In addition to her role as president of 238-bed Robert Packer Hospital, Ms. Droege is the COO of the Guthrie Healthcare System, which encompasses four hospitals and a large multispecialty physician group. Previously, she was COO of Kaiser Oakland (Calif.) Medical Center and has 14 years of executive management experience at Bon Secours Health System in Marriottsville, Md.

John Dubis. President and CEO of St. Elizabeth Edgewood (Ky.). Before becoming CEO of St. Elizabeth Edgewood and St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Mr. Dubis was executive vice president and COO of St. Elizabeth Healthcare. In total, he has more than 34 years of healthcare executive leadership experience, which has included time served at SSM Healthcare in St. Louis.

John Duval. CEO of Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center (Richmond, Va.). A little more than nine years ago, the VCU Health System appointed Mr. Duval as the CEO of the hospital. Before joining VCU, he was the COO of the University of Arizona Medical Center for six years and was also the vice president for professional and ancillary services at University of Arizona's Health Sciences Center.

Pat Farrell. CEO of Henrico Doctors' Hospital (Richmond, Va.). In addition to his role as CEO of Henrico Doctors' Hospital, Mr. Farrell is the market lead for the Central Virginia market of Nashville, Tenn.-based 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.

David Feinberg, MD. President and CEO of Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center (Los Angeles). Dr. Feinberg has served as CEO and associate vice chancellor of UCLA Health since 2007. He previously served as medical director of UCLA's Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital and head of the NPH Faculty Practice Group. He is also a clinical professor of psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

David Fox. President of Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital (Downers Grove, Ill.). Mr. Fox joined Advocate Good Samaritan — the 2010 recipient of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award — in 2003. He previously served as president of Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, Ill. He received the Excellence in Advocacy Award from the Illinois Hospital Association in 2010. He is also a board member of AHA Solutions, a group dedicated to improving the operational performance of hospitals.  

Suzanne Freeman, RN. President of Carolinas Medical Center (Charlotte, N.C.). Ms. Freeman joined Charlotte, N.C.-based Carolinas HealthCare System in 1975 as a staff nurse, and has served as vice president and president of CHS Specialty Facilities before becoming president of Carolinas Medical Center. In her current role, she oversees the 874-bed medical center, Sanger Heart and Vascular Institute, Levine Cancer Institute, Levine Children's Hospital and other features of Carolinas Medical Center.

Steven Gabbe, MD. CEO of the Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University (Columbus, Ohio). Dr. Gabbe took the helm of the Wexner Medical Center 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.

J.P. Gallagher. President of Evanston (Ill.) Hospital. Mr. Gallagher, president of Evanston (Ill.) Hospital, joined Evanston's parent, NorthShore University HealthSystem, in 2002 from the administrative team of Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Ill. At NorthShore, he started at Glenbrook Hospital. In 2004, he was promoted to senior vice president for hospitals and clinics at Evanston Hospital, which is the system's flagship facility.

Robert Garrett. President and CEO of Hackensack (N.J.) University Medical Center. Mr. Garrett has led the 775-bed Hackensack University Medical Center since November 2009. As CEO, Mr. Garrett has been credited with strengthening communication 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 joining the hospital in 1981.

Timothy Goldfarb. CEO of Shands at the University of Florida (Gainesville, Fla.). Mr. Goldfarb has served as CEO of Shands HealthCare since 2001. He previously served as director of University Hospital and Health Care Systems at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Ore., for four years. He was also senior associate director of Arizona Medical Center and assistant administrator of Tucson General Hospital in Arizona.

Larry Goodman, MD. President and CEO of Rush University Medical Center (Chicago). Dr. Goodman, an internist, has been president and CEO of Rush University Medical Center since 2002. In 2006 he began the "Rush Transformation," a $1 billion project to rebuild large parts of the medical center, which is projected to be complete by 2016, and RUMC recently unveiled its new medical tower, which achieved LEED Gold certification.

Brett Gosney. CEO of Animas Surgical Hospital (Durango, Colo.). Mr. Gosney has a diverse background in healthcare, spanning more than 28 years. He is the immediate past president of Physician Hospitals of America, a Sioux Falls, S.D.-based trade group that represents physician-owned hospitals. He also serves as the director of development for Symbion.

David Grauer. Administrator and CEO of Intermountain Medical Center (Murray, Utah). Mr. Grauer, who has served as administrator and CEO of Intermountain Healthcare's flagship facility for several years now, places a big emphasis on improving the family and patient experience at Intermountain, saying all staff work tirelessly to provide an "uncommon compassion" for everyone they serve.

Robert Grossman, MD. CEO of NYU Langone Medical Center (New York City). In addition to leading the medical center, Dr. Grossman is 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.

John Harney. President and CEO of University of Colorado Hospital (Aurora, Colo.). Mr. Harney took over as president and CEO of the University of Colorado Hospital in March 2012, replacing Bruce Schroffel, who spearheaded the creation of the University of Colorado Health — the new, non-profit health system that pairs UCH and Fort Collins, Colo.-based Poudre Valley Health System. Mr. Schroffel will serve as the inaugural president and chairman of the board for UC Health. Mr. Harney now oversees the executive decisions of UCH. Prior to his current post, he was the COO of UCH for roughly four years and also served in executive leadership roles at several New York non-profit hospitals.

Dean Harrison. President and CEO of Northwestern Memorial Hospital (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 Weiss Memorial Hospital in Chicago, which is now part of Nashville, Tenn.-based Vanguard Health Systems.

Edward Howell. CEO of University of Virginia Medical Center (Charlottesville, Va.). Before Mr. Howell found himself as vice president and CEO of UVA Medical Center — and several other executive roles in the hospital and healthcare setting — he was a high school biology teacher in his hometown of Zanesville, Ohio. He also coached basketball, football and track and field, but after enrolling in Ohio State University's health services administration master's program, he realized he itched for a career "where no two days were ever alike."

Michael Hulefeld. CEO of Ochsner Medical Center (New Orleans). Mr. Hulefeld joined Ochsner in 1998 and soon became the manager of musculoskeletal services at the Ochsner Clinic. After bouncing around with several other executive leadership titles within the Ocshner Health System, he took on the responsibilities of COO and eventually CEO of Ochsner Medical Center, the flagship hospital of the health system.

Ron Hytoff. President and CEO of Tampa (Fla.) General Hospital. Mr. Hytoff has served as president and CEO of Tampa General Hospital since 2000. He previously served as COO of the hospital for three years. He has also served as president and CEO of the University of Louisville (Ky.) Hospital and executive director and CEO of The Wellington Private Hospital in London, England.

John P. Innocenti. President of UPMC Presbyterian (Pittsburgh). Mr. Innocenti has served as president of UPMC Presbyterian since 2007, the latest position in a 36-year career at UPMC. In this role he oversees the operations of both UPMC Presbyterian and UPMC Shadyside. He has held several other leadership positions in the system, including senior vice president and COO of UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside.

Laura Irvine. President of Methodist Dallas Medical Center. In 1996, Ms. Irvine joined the Methodist Health System as an administrative resident at Methodist Dallas Medical Center. She worked her way up the ranks, and in 2001, she became senior vice president of planning and marketing for the health system. She was then promoted to president of Methodist Mansfield (Texas) Medical Center, and in March 2011, she was appointed to her current role.

Stephen Jones. President and CEO of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (New Brunswick, N.J.). Mr. Jones became president and CEO of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Health System in 2007, after serving as interim president and CEO. He previously held the position of senior vice president of operations at the hospital for 23 years. Before joining the system, he was assistant director of Somerset (N.J.) Medical Center and assistant director of Barnert Memorial Hospital Center in Paterson, N.J.

Phillip Kambic. President and CEO of Riverside Medical Center (Kankakee, Ill.). Mr. Kambic has served as president and CEO of Riverside Health Care since 2006. He has been with Riverside for more than 25 years, including serving as senior vice president and COO.

Donna Katen-Bahensky. President and CEO of University of Wisconsin Hospital (Madison, Wis.). 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 University of 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.

Kenneth Kates. CEO of University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (Iowa City, Iowa). Mr. Kates was named CEO of University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in July 2008. He previously served as a consultant with Alvarez and Marsal, a professional services firm located in Chicago, and held administrative positions at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia as well as the University of Chicago Hospitals and Health System.

Wayne Keathley. President of The Mount Sinai Hospital (New York City). As president and COO of one of the oldest tertiary and quaternary care facilities in the country, Mr. Keathley oversees all executive and operational functions of the hospital. His first hospital job came at the age of 16, and he became a surgical technician at Mount Sinai after graduating from high school. Mr. Keathley first appeared on The Mount Sinai Hospital scene in 2003 as COO and officially became president and COO in late 2008.

Mark Laret. CEO of 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 Laskowski, MD. President and CEO of Christiana Hospital (Newark, Del.). Dr. Laskowski, a geriatrician, became president and CEO of Christiana Care Health System in 2003. Before joining the system, Dr. Laskowski was CMO of Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network in Allentown, Pa., and president and group medical director at Northeast Permanente Medical Group in Hartford, Conn.

James Leonard, MD. President and CEO of Carle Foundation Hospital (Urbana, Ill.). In addition to serving as president and CEO of the 297-bed Carle Foundation Hospital, Dr. Leonard heads The Carle Foundation integrated health system. He and the other board members have outlined several strategic goals for 2012, which include having clinical and service quality in the top 10 percent nationally and having the right combination and quality of physicians to achieve growth targets.

Thomas Lewis. Outgoing President and CEO of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital (Philadelphia). Mr. Lewis has served as head of Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals since 1990 and has played a key role in founding Radnor, Pa.-based Jefferson Health System, acquiring Methodist Hospital in Philadelphia and forming the Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience. He is retiring effective July 1, 2012, at which point COO David McQuaid will serve as president and COO.

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

R. Trent Lind. CEO of Texas Orthopedic Hospital (Houston). Before heading the physician-owned Texas Orthopedic Hospital, Mr. Lind spent 10 years as COO of Swedish Medical Center in Englewood, Colo. He has also spent time in executive leadership roles at Baptist Health in Jacksonville, Fla., Fawcett Memorial Hospital in Port Charlotte, Fla., and Brandon (Fla.) Regional Hospital.  

Jeff Lindsay. President of Forsyth Medical Center (Winston-Salem, N.C.). Jeff Lindsay heads the 921-bed tertiary care hospital, and in March 2012, he was also promoted to president of Novant Health's entire Winston-Salem service area.  

Steven Littleson. President of Jersey Shore University Medical Center (Neptune, N.J.). In addition to his role as president of Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Mr. Littleson serves as president of K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital, which offers the most pediatric specialists in the region.

Jodi Mansfield. Interim President and CEO of The University of Arizona Medical Center (Tucson, Ariz.). As of Aug. 4, 2011, Ms. Mansfield has served as interim CEO of the University of Arizona Health Network, taking over from Hank Wells, who resigned due to health concerns. Previously, Ms. Mansfield served as executive vice president and COO of Shands HealthCare in Gainesville, Fla.

Luke McGuinness. Outgoing President and CEO of 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 and its new parent system, Cadence Health, which was officially established several months ago after Delnor Health System in Geneva, Ill., and Central DuPage Health merged. Before then, he was senior vice president for development for Vanguard Health Systems in Nashville, Tenn. Mr. McGuinness is expected to retire by the end of 2012.

Gary Meyer. President and CEO of Schneck Medical Center (Seymour, Ind.). Mr. Meyer has been with Schneck Medical Center since 1975, when he took an externship in health administration, and has been president and CEO since January 2002. He took on many roles within the hospital, including director of professional services, and he also served five years in the U.S. Air Force as a hospital administration specialist. Under his tenure, Schneck Medical Center received the 2011 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 2011.

Gary Miller. President and CEO of Saint Alexius Medical Center (Bismarck, N.D.). Mr. Miller was named president and CEO of Saint Alexius Medical Center in May 2011 after serving in the interim position since January. He joined the center in 1984 and, in 1988, he became CFO. Prior to his interim role, Mr. Miller served as senior vice president and CFO for the medical center. He also serves on boards for numerous healthcare organizations, including the Bismarck Cancer Center.

Elizabeth Nabel, MD. President of Brigham and Women's Hospital (Boston). Dr. Nabel, a cardiologist, became president of Brigham and Women's and Faulkner Hospitals in Boston in January 2010. She was previously director of the National Institutes of Health's Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and is a nationally recognized scholar, having authored 250 publications.

Edwin Ness. President and CEO of 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 2008 American Hospital Association McKesson Question for Quality Prize.

John Noseworthy, MD. President and CEO of Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minn.). Dr. Noseworthy, a neurologist, became president and CEO of Mayo Clinic in November 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.

Charles O'Brien, MD. President of Sanford USD Medical Center (Sioux Falls, S.D.). As president of Sanford USD Medical Center, Dr. O'Brien has increased focus on centers of excellence, which look to offer the most services while delivering the best patient outcomes. Dr. O'Brien specializes in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology.

Mary O'Brien. Chief Administrative Officer of Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center (Milwaukee). As CAO of Aurora St. Luke's, Ms. O'Brien oversees all hospital operations and strategic planning. Before joining Aurora Health Care in 2006, she was president of Highland Park (Ill.) Hospital, which is part of Evanston, Ill.-based NorthShore University HealthSystem.

Samuel Odle. CEO of Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital (Indianapolis). Mr. Odle serves as executive vice president and COO of IU Health in addition to his CEO posts for IU Health Methodist Hospital and IU Health University Hospital — the flagship institutions for the Indianapolis-based healthcare giant. Mr. Odle is also a past chairman of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Sharon O'Keefe. President of the University of Chicago Medical Center. Ms. O'Keefe assumed her post as president of University of Chicago Medical Center in February 2011. Before then, she was president of Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Ill., and served for seven years as COO at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. Ms. O'Keefe currently serves on the National Institutes of Health Advisory Board for Clinical Research.

Bob Page. President and CEO of The University of Kansas Hospital (Kansas City, Kan.). Mr. Page succeeded Irene Cumming as president and CEO of The University of Kansas Hospital in March 2007, and he has helped grow the hospital into a community leader. Last year, Mr. Page helped facilitate the merger between the University of Kansas Cancer Center and Kansas City Cancer Center, creating one of the largest community-based cancer organizations in the area.

Alan Papa. President of Akron (Ohio) General Medical Center. Previously, Mr. Papa was senior vice president for network services and operations for Akron General. He left three years ago to serve as COO for Mount Carmel West Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. The 511-bed Akron rehired the former executive to lead the hospital, effective Jan. 31, 2011.

L. Reuven Pasternak, MD. CEO of Inova Fairfax Hospital (Falls Church, Va.). Dr. Pasternak oversees all operations of Inova Fairfax Hospital, but he is also responsible for the outcomes of Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children and the Inova Heart and Vascular Institute. Prior to arriving at Inova, he served as executive vice president and CMO of Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati and also served as the vice dean of the Bayview Campus for Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore.  

Jim Peace. President and CEO of Russell Medical Center (Alexander City, Ala.). Mr. Peace became president and CEO of RMC in January 2008, and under his leadership, the hospital instituted a new strategic initiative, a new mission statement and new construction projects and technology updates to modernize the facility. Mr. Peace also helped solidify the recent joint venture between RMC and the University Alabama at Birmingham Medicine to enhance oncology services in the local areas.

Ronald Peterson. President of The Johns Hopkins Hospital (Baltimore). Mr. Peterson has been president of The Johns Hopkins Hospital since 1996 and president of The Johns Hopkins Health System since 1997. He joined the system in 1973 as an administrative resident and held various leadership positions in the system's hospitals before his current appointment. He also serves as chairman of Johns Hopkins Community Physicians, which provides ambulatory care at 18 centers throughout Maryland, and as a trustee of the Johns Hopkins Home Care Group.

John Popovich Jr., MD. President and CEO of Henry Ford Hospital (Detroit). Dr. Popovich, a pulmonary disease and internal medicine specialist, was appointed president and CEO of Henry Ford Hospital in June 2010 and formally assumed the position July 15, 2010. He launched his healthcare career at Henry Ford Hospital in 1975 as a medical intern after he graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School. He also served as division head of pulmonary and critical care medicine for 10 years at Henry Ford Hospital and eventually became the chair of the department of internal medicine.

David Posch. CEO of Vanderbilt University Hospital and Clinics (Nashville, Tenn.). Mr. Posch took on the role of CEO of Vanderbilt University Hospital and Clinics in October 2011 and has held several executive leadership roles in the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Previously, he was the CEO of The Vanderbilt Clinic, and he also has served as executive director and COO of the Vanderbilt Medical Group. Before arriving at Vanderbilt, Mr. Posch led many executive efforts with the Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans and with the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

Thomas Priselac. President and CEO of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (Los Angeles). Mr. Priselac has served as CEO of Cedars-Sinai Health System since January 1994. Prior to his current role, Mr. Priselac served as executive vice president of the system for five years. Before joining the Cedars-Sinai system in 1979, he served on the executive staff of Montefiore Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Jeffrey Rivest. President and CEO of the University of Maryland Medical Center (Baltimore). For the past eight years, Mr. Rivest has led the UMMC, which is in the heart of downtown Baltimore and serves more than 250,000 patients each year. Previously, he was senior vice president for clinical and ambulatory services (1988 to 1990) and the executive vice president and COO (1990 to 2004) of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Mr. Rivest also was the administrator of the Johns Hopkins Children's Center for more than five years.

Mark Robitaille. President and CEO of Martin Memorial Hospital (Stuart, Fla.). Mr. Robitaille became president and CEO of Martin Memorial in October 2008, replacing the longtime CEO Richmond Harman. His healthcare career started at Martin Memorial in 1976, when he was an assistant administrator overseeing the corporate planning as well as the design and construction of new facilities. He also served as CEO of West Orange Memorial Hospital in Winter Garden, Fla., now known as Health Central Park.

Dan Rothery. President of Boone Hospital Center (Columbia, Mo.). BJC Healthcare, the parent organization of Boone Hospital Center, named Mr. Rothery president of Boone Hospital Center June 8, 2006. He was the CEO of The Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis, a joint venture between BJC HealthCare and HealthSouth, prior to his current position. Mr. Rothery has also served executive leadership roles in a variety of acute-care and rehabilitation healthcare environments, including the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, St. Louis-based SSM Health Care and St. Louis-based St. John's Mercy Medical Center.

Fred Rothstein, MD. President of University Hospitals Case Medical Center (Cleveland). Before becoming president of UH Case Medical Center, Dr. Rothstein specialized in pediatric gastroenterology. He has professional affiliations with the American Gastroenterological Association and several other professional organizations and is also a "HealthGrades Recognized Doctor."  

Amir Dan Rubin. President and CEO of Stanford Hospital & Clinics (Palo Alto, Calif.). Mr. Rubin was named president and CEO of Stanford Hospital & Clinics in January 2011. In 2005, he was appointed COO of the 832-bed UCLA Health System in Los Angeles, where he oversaw an operating budget of $1.6 billion. Mr. Rubin served as COO at Stony Brook (N.Y.) University Hospital prior to his time with UCLA.

Dawn Rudolph, RN. President and CEO of Saint Thomas Hospital (Nashville, Tenn.). Ms. Rudolph assumed her position as president and CEO of 541-bed Saint Thomas Hospital in November 2010. Before then, she served as CEO of St. Joseph Hospital in Fort Wayne, Ind., where she successfully expanded the medical staff and developed a multi-cultural roundtable to improve health indicator metrics in the community.

Steven Safyer, MD. President and CEO of Montefiore Medical Center (New York City). Dr. Safyer assumed his post as President and CEO in 2008. He has held leadership positions at Montefiore since 1985 and completed his post-graduate training in internal medicine in Montefiore's residency program. Dr. Safyer is an advocate for underserved populations and serves on numerous organizations, such as the Hospital Association of New York State and the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Frank Sardone. President and CEO of Bronson Methodist Hospital (Kalamazoo, Mich.). Mr. Sardone is responsible for the overall direction of Bronson Healthcare Group, including Bronson Methodist Hospital, the flagship facility that received the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 2006. He first joined Bronson in 1988 and worked up the organization to his current role in 1996. In 1996, Mr. Sardone received the Michigan American College of Healthcare Executives Regent's Young Healthcare Leader Award, and in 2006, he won the Center for Health Design's Changemaker Award.

Garry Scheib. Executive Director of Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia). In addition to serving as the primary executive of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Mr. Scheib also serves as COO of the University of Pennsylvania Health System. He also is the chair of the board of the Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania and has more than 25 years of executive leadership experience at non-profit and for-profit hospitals.

Louis Shapiro. President and CEO of Hospital for Special Surgery (New York). In the fall of 2006, Mr. Shapiro officially became the president and CEO of HSS, one of the leading orthopedic hospitals in the country. Before joining HSS, he was executive vice president and clinical enterprise COO of Geisinger Health System in Danville, Pa., where he provided executive guidance to the Division of Clinical Effectiveness, which focused on quality control for all of Geisinger.

Peter Slavin, MD. President of Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston). Dr. Slavin was named president of Massachusetts General in 2003. From 1999 to 2002, he served as chairman and CEO of Massachusetts General Physicians Organization, which included more than 1,700 physicians. Earlier in his career, Dr. Slavin served as president of Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. He teaches internal medicine and healthcare management at Harvard Medical School.

Kevin Smith. President and CEO of Winchester (Mass.) Hospital. Before becoming president and CEO of Winchester Hospital in October 2009, Mr. Smith was the organization's CFO. Boston Business Journal named Mr. Smith as a CFO of the Year in the non-profit category prior to his current role.

Tim Smith. CEO of Sharp Memorial Hospital (San Diego). Mr. Smith first joined Sharp Memorial Hospital in 2007 as senior vice president and CEO with more than 27 years of hospital and healthcare management experience under his belt. Before joining Sharp, he was interim COO of UC Irvine (Calif.) Medical Center, CEO of Fountain Valley (Calif.) Regional Hospital and CEO of Garden Grove (Calif.) Hospital and Medical Center. At FVRH, he helped develop several new service lines, including pediatric and gynecologic oncology.

Kevin Sowers, RN. President of Duke University Hospital (Durham, N.C.). Mr. Sowers, who is a registered nurse and has a master's degree in nursing, has been with Duke University Health System for more than 20 years. It all started in 1986 when he was a nursing leader in oncology at Duke University Hospital. Later, he served in numerous leadership roles within the national Oncology Nursing Society. He eventually became Duke University Hospital's COO from 2003 to 2009 before accepting his current role.

Glenn Steele Jr., MD. President and CEO of Geisinger Medical Center (Danville, Pa.). Dr. Steele has led Geisinger Health since 2001. Before then, he served as vice president for medical affairs and dean of the Pritzker School of Medicine and professor in the department of surgery at University of Chicago. Dr. Steele is a past chairman of the American Board of Surgery and is well-known for his findings in the treatment of liver cancer and colorectal cancer surgery.

David Strong. President of Rex Hospital (Raleigh, N.C.). Mr. Strong has led Rex Healthcare since 2004. Under his tenure, Rex Hospital earned Magnet nursing status from the American Nursing Credentialing Center and also opened a state-of-the-art surgery center with digital operating rooms. Mr. Strong serves on a number of civic and healthcare committees and is known for his hands-on approach to leadership.

Doug Strong. CEO of University Hospital (Ann Arbor, Mich.). Mr. Strong joined University of Michigan Health System in 1998 and was named CEO of the system's hospitals and health centers in 2006. He came to Michigan from the University of Chicago, where he served as CFO and associate dean of the Pritzker School of Medicine. Before then, he was associate dean for administration and finance at the school of medicine at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Kevin Tabb, MD. President and CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Boston). Dr. Tabb officially became president and CEO of the BIDMC in October 2011 after the board of directors sought a permanent replacement for Paul Levy. He most famously served as CMO of Stanford Hospital & Clinics in Palo Alto, Calif., where he emphasized physician networking, clinical quality, patient safety initiatives, regulatory and medical staff affairs and continuing medical education. Dr. Tabb was the head of the clinical data services division of GE Healthcare IT before joining Stanford.

Barbara Tachovsky, RN. President of Paoli (Pa.) Hospital. Ms. Tachovsky, a registered nurse, leads all aspects of the 157-bed community hospital. She has directed several major initiatives at the hospital since becoming president, including the implementation of cardiac surgery and therapeutic cardiology programs and the development of two ambulatory sites. Ms. Tachovsky was CNO for Main Line Health, Paoli's parent organization, before serving her current role. She was also named the Businesswoman of the Year by the Great Valley Region Chamber of Commerce in 2006.

Mark Tolosky, JD. President and CEO of Baystate Medical Center (Springfield, Mass.). With more than 30 years of healthcare management experience, Mr. Tolosky currently heads one of the larger health systems and hospitals in the New England area. He was the chair of the Massachusetts Hospital Association from 2003 to 2004, named the Massachusetts Health Care Executive of the Year in 2004 and received his juris doctorate from the University of Maryland School of Law in Baltimore.

Jeffrey Thompson, MD. CEO of Gundersen Lutheran (La Crosse, Wis.). Dr. Thompson, a practicing pediatric intensivist and neonatologist, has led Gundersen Lutheran Health System and its flagship hospital since 2001. He is a founding member and past board chair of the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality, and from 1992 to 1996, he served on the former board of directors of Gundersen Clinic and played a key role in the negotiations and governance design that led to the merger between Gundersen Clinic and Lutheran Health System.

Brooks Turkel. CEO of Regional Hospital of Scranton (Pa.). Regional Hospital of Scranton named Brooks Turkel CEO, effective Nov. 21, 2011, succeeding Aaron Hazzard, who had been serving as interim CEO of Regional Hospital of Scranton since May. He previously worked at Chestnut Hill Hospital in Philadelphia, where he served as CEO since 2006.

Margaret Van Bree. CEO of St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital (Houston). Ms. Van Bree, who joined St. Luke's in 2009, is administratively responsible for all aspects of St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital. Prior to her role at St. Luke's, Ms. Van Bree served as senior vice president and COO at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison. She has held similar roles since 1999 at the University of Virginia Health System and Fairview-University Medical Center in Minneapolis.

Matthew Van Vranken. President of Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital (Grand Rapids, Mich.). Mr. Van Vranken heads Butterworth Hospital, but he also serves as president of Spectrum Health Hospital Group, which includes Blodgett Hospital, Helen DeVos Children's Hospital and several other institutions in the Grand Rapids area. He has held his current position since May 2003.

Larry Volkmar, RN. CEO of Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center (Phoenix). Mr. Volkmar has served as CEO of Banner Good Samaritan Medical since July 2007. He came to the Phoenix-based hospital with several years experience in the acute-care and rehabilitation realm. He served as president of Mount Sinai Medical Center in Chicago, as well as Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital and Sinai Children's Hospital. Mr. Volkmar, a registered nurse, also was CNO of the University of Chicago Hospitals for eight years.

Glenn Waters. President and CEO of Morton Plant Hospital (Clearwater, Fla.). Before arriving to Morton Plant Mease Health Care in 2008, Mr. Waters was the COO of Moses Cone Health System in Greensboro, N.C., where he helped develop a freestanding outpatient cardiac catheterization joint venture with cardiologists and planned a $275 million expansion of the health system's flagship hospital. Mr. Waters has also spent time at Wadley Regional Medical Center in Texarkana, Texas, and Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News, Va.

James Weinstein, DO. CEO of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (Lebanon, N.H.). In November 2011, the board of trustees consolidated the leadership of Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic by naming Dr. Weinstein CEO of both the hospital and the health system. Dr. Weinstein, who graduated from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1977, also worked closely with Dartmouth College President Jim Yong Kim, who was recently selected to lead the World Bank.

Allen Weiss, MD. President and CEO of Downtown Naples (Fla.) Hospital Campus. Before taking on the day-to-day responsibilities of leading Downtown Naples Hospital and the NCH Healthcare System, Dr. Weiss put his board-certified skills to use in private practice from 1977 to 2000. Dr. Weiss, who is certified in internal medicine, rheumatology and geriatrics, is also involved in several professional physician organizations and has been published in the American Journal of Medicine, among other medical journals.

Michael Wiemann, MD. President of Providence Hospital (Southfield, Mich.). Dr. Wiemann has a long history of successful healthcare experiences, and his credentials as a top medical oncologist have propelled his career forward. In 2006 and 2007, the Consumers' Research Council of America in Washington, D.C., named him one of "America's Top Physicians in Medical Oncology." Dr. Wiemann also was director of the bone marrow transplant program at Roger Williams General Hospital and served as medical oncologist and professor at Brown University School of Medicine, both in Providence, R.I.

Carolyn Wilson, RN. President of University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview (Minneapolis). Ms. Wilson assumed her role as president and CEO of University of Minnesota Medical Center and Amplatz Children's Hospital in November 2011. Before then, she served as associate dean and COO of the University of Chicago Medical Center, where she held a variety of other leadership roles over 13 years. Prior to her executive positions, Ms. Wilson spent a year as a staff nurse with the National Institutes of Health.

Stephen Zieniewicz. Executive Director of University of Washington Medical Center (Seattle). Mr. Zieniewicz has held the position of top executive of UW Medical Center since September 2007 and reports directly to Johnese Spisso, RN, UW vice president for medical affairs and clinical operations officer for UW Medicine. He has more than 25 years of healthcare experience and was COO of Saint Louis University Hospital before arriving at the UW Medical Center.

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