100 Non-Profit Hospital, Health System CEOs to Know

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Becker's Hospital Review has named "100 Non-Profit Hospital, Health System CEOs to Know" based on the leaders' healthcare experience, awards and involvement in the community. The presidents and CEOs listed here head non-profit hospitals and health systems across the country that have been recognized for superior clinical, financial and operational performance.

Note: This list is not an endorsement of included hospitals, health systems or associated healthcare providers, and organizations cannot pay for inclusion on this list. Non-profit hospital and health system presidents and CEOs are presented in alphabetical order.

Nancy Howell Agee. President and CEO of Carilion Clinic (Roanoke, Va.). Ms. Agee became president and CEO of Carilion Clinic in July 2011. She previously served as executive vice president and COO of Carilion Clinic for 10 years. She has also served in various other positions at the health system, including vice president of medical education for four years and senior vice president of the system for one year.

Joel T. Allison. President and CEO of Baylor Health Care System (Dallas). Mr. Allison has served as president and CEO of Baylor Health Care System since 2000, marking the pinnacle of a nearly 20-year career at the system. Prior to his current position, he served as senior executive vice president and COO of the system. He is a member of the Healthcare Leadership Council and United Surgical Partners' international board.

Richard A. Anderson. President and CEO of St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network (Bethlehem, Pa.). Mr. Anderson has served as president and CEO of St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network since 1985. In 2009 he was appointed to the Board of Visitors of Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. He was also a member of the advisory board of Lehigh University's College of Education in Bethlehem, Pa., from 2005 to 2008.

Carl Armato. President and CEO of Novant Health (Winston-Salem, N.C.). Mr. Armato became president and CEO of Novant Health in January 2012 after the retirement of the system's long-time leader Paul Wiles. Mr. Armato joined Novant Health in 1998 as vice president of finance and operations for the physician clinic division. He has held several leadership positions in the organization since then, including senior executive vice president and COO.

David Bernd. CEO of Sentara Healthcare (Norfolk, Va.). With a distinguished career in healthcare management, Mr. Bernd became CEO of Sentara Healthcare in 1994. In 1984, he received the American College of Hospital Administrators' Robert S. Hudgens National Young Hospital Administrator of the Year Award.

Marc Boom, MD, MBA. President and CEO of The Methodist Hospital System (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 P. Borgstrom. President and CEO of Yale-New Haven (Conn.) Hospital.
Ms. Borgstrom's appointment as president and CEO of Yale-New Haven Hospital in 2005 followed 26 years of service at the organization. She also holds leadership positions outside the hospital as immediate past chairman of the Connecticut Hospital Association Board of Trustees and a board member of the Greater New Haven Regional Leadership Council.

Richard C. Breon. President and CEO of Spectrum Health System (Grand Rapids, Mich.). Mr. Breon has served as president and CEO of Spectrum Health System since 2000 and has more than 35 years of healthcare administration experience. He previously served as president and CEO of St. Mary's Hospital and Medical Center in Evansville, Ind., and of Mercy Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa.

Stanley Brezenoff. President and CEO of Continuum Health Partners (New York City). Mr. Brezenoff has served as president and CEO of Continuum Health Partners since 2003. He previously served as president and CEO of Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., for eight years. He was also executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and senior program advisor for the Commonwealth Fund.

Lynn Britton. President and CEO of Mercy (St. Louis).
Mr. Britton has served as president and CEO of Mercy since 2009. He joined the health system in 1992 as director of materials management at Mercy Health Center in Oklahoma City. He later held the positions of vice president for Mercy's supply chain operating division, Resource Optimization and Innovation, and senior vice president of the health system.

Kevin Brown. CEO of Swedish Health Services (Seattle).
Mr. Brown was named CEO of Swedish Health Services in February 2012 when its affiliation with Renton, Wash.-based Providence Health & Services was finalized. Mr. Brown previously served as chief strategic officer. He has also served as senior vice president and chief administrative officer of Swedish Health Services.

Robert G. Carmen. President and CEO of Adventist Health (Roseville, Calif.). Mr. Carmen has led Adventist Health since 2007 and chairs the boards of Glendale (Calif.) Adventist Medical Center and White Memorial Medical Center in Los Angeles. He previously served as executive vice president of the health system for eight years. Mr. Carmen has held various other leadership positions at Adventist, including president of Adventist Health/Southern California and president of Glendale Adventist and White Memorial hospitals.

Alan H. Channing. President and CEO of Sinai Health System (Chicago). Mr. Channing has served as president and CEO of Sinai Health System since 2004. He previously served as CEO of St. Vincent Charity Hospital and Saint Luke's Medical Center in Cleveland and CEO of New York Downtown Hospital. Mr. Channing currently serves as chair of the Illinois Hospital Association's board of trustees.

Michael D. Connelly, MA, JD. President and CEO of Catholic Health Partners (Cincinnati). Mr. Connelly has served as president and CEO of Catholic Health Partners since 1995. He previously served as regional executive/CEO of Daughters of Charity National Health System-West in Los Altos Hills, Calif., and president and CEO of St. Joseph Hospital in Chicago. He practiced law with Gardner, Carlton and Douglas.

Steven J. Corwin, MD. CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System (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 "Toby" Cosgrove, MD. President and CEO of Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Cosgrove has served as president and CEO of the system since 2004, his latest position in a 37-year career at the organization. He previously served as chairman of the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. 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 a Bronze Star and the Republic of Vietnam Commendation Medal.

Kenneth L. Davis, MD. President and CEO of The Mount Sinai Medical Center (New York City). Dr. Davis became president and CEO of The Mount Sinai Medical Center in 2003, before which he served as chair of Mount Sinai's Department of Psychiatry for 15 years. He also served as dean of Mount Sinai School of Medicine from 2003 to 2007. In addition, he was the first director of many of Mount Sinai's research groups, including those for Alzheimer's disease, schizophrenia and autism.

Lloyd H. Dean. President and CEO of Dignity Health (San Francisco). Mr. Dean has served as president and CEO of Dignity Health, previously known as Catholic Healthcare West, since 2000 and has more than 20 years of healthcare operations and leadership experience. He previously served as executive vice president and COO of Oak Brook, Ill.-based Advocate Health Care. He is co-founder of Health CEOs for Health Reform, a coalition created in association with the New America Foundation.

Michael J. Dowling. President and CEO of North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System (Great Neck, N.Y.). Mr. Dowling has led North Shore-LIJ since 2002, prior to which he served as executive vice president and COO. He joined the system in 1995 after working as senior vice president at Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Mr. Dowling has also held positions in the New York State government, serving for seven years as state director of Health, Education and Human Services and deputy secretary to the governor.

Victor J. Dzau, MD. President and CEO of Duke University Health System (Durham, N.C.). In addition to his role as president and CEO of Duke University Health System, Dr. Dzau is a cardiologist and chancellor for health affairs at Duke University. He has held these positions since 2004, before which he served as chairman of the department of medicine, physician-in-chief and director of research at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

Elmer G. Ellis. President and CEO of East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System (Tyler, Texas). Mr. Ellis serves as president and CEO of ETMC Regional Healthcare System. In 2006, he received the Texas Hospital Association's Earl M. Collier Award for Distinguished Health Care Administration. In December 2011, East Texas Medical Center Tyler named its new emergency center the Elmer G. Ellis Trauma Center for Mr. Ellis' leadership and commitment to the community.

Daniel F. Evans, Jr. President and CEO of Indiana University Health (Indianapolis). Mr. Evans has served as president and CEO of IU Health since 2002, when the system was known as Clarian Health. Before joining the system he was a partner with the law firm Baker & Daniels. He is currently chairman-elect of the Indiana Hospital Association, immediate past chairman of the Indiana Legal Foundation and a board member for the Indiana Health Information Exchange.

Ruthita J. Fike, MA. CEO and Administrator of Loma Linda (Calif.) University Medical Center. Ms. Fike has served as CEO and administrator of LLUMC and executive vice president for hospital affairs of Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center since 2004. She previously served as executive vice president of operations and support services for Englewood, Colo.-based Centura Health.

Peter S. Fine. President and CEO of Banner Health (Phoenix). Mr. Fine has led Banner Health since 2000. He previously served as executive vice president and COO of Milwaukee-based Aurora Health Care. He has also been president and CEO of Grant Hospital of Chicago and senior vice president of operations at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, also in Chicago.

Barry R. Freedman. President and CEO of Einstein Healthcare Network (Philadelphia). Mr. Freedman has served as president and CEO of Einstein Healthcare Network since 2003. He previously served as COO then interim CEO and president of Mount Sinai NYU Health in New York City. He also served in several leadership positions at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, including executive vice president and president and CEO.

Patrick Fry. President and CEO of Sutter Health (Sacramento, Calif.). Mr. Fry has served as president and CEO of Sutter Health since 2005. He joined the system in 1982 as an administrative resident at Sutter General Hospital in Sacramento and has held various leadership positions since, including president of Sutter's eastern operations and executive vice president and COO. He was elected chair of the California Hospitals Association in 2010.

Robert C. Garrett. President and CEO of Hackensack (N.J.) University Medical Center. Mr. Garrett joined Hackensack University Medical Center in 1981 and served as executive vice president and COO for 23 years before taking the helm in 2009. He has led efforts to reopen the former Pascack Valley Hospital in Westwood, N.J., through a joint venture with Plano, Texas-based LHP Hospital Group. The hospital also recently submitted an application to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to create an accountable care organization.

Timothy M. Goldfarb. CEO of Shands HealthCare (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 J. Goodman, MD. CEO of Rush University Medical Center (Chicago). Dr. Goodman has served as CEO of Rush University Medical Center since 2002. He is also president of Rush University, president of the Rush System for Health and principal officer of the Rush Board of Trustees. Dr. Goodman, an internist, has served in a number of other leadership roles at Rush, including senior vice president for medical affairs and the Henry R. Russe Dean of Rush Medical College.

Gary L. Gottlieb, MD, MBA. President and CEO of Partners HealthCare (Boston). Dr. Gottlieb, a psychiatrist, has led Partners HealthCare since 2010. Prior to this position, he served as president of Brigham and Women's Hospital and Faulkner Hospital in Boston since 2002. He has also held leadership positions at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, serving as executive vice chair and interim chair of the university's department of psychiatry and associate dean for managed care of the health system.

Robert I. Grossman, MD. Dean and CEO of New York University Langone Medical Center (New York City).
Dr. Grossman became dean and CEO of NYU Langone Medical Center in 2007 and has responsibility for both NYU School of Medicine and NYU Hospitals Center. He joined NYU in 2001 as the Louis Marx Professor of Radiology, chairman of the Department of Radiology and professor of neurology, neurosurgery and physiology and neuroscience.

George C. Halvorson. Chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente (Oakland, Calif.). Mr. Halvorson has served as chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente since 2002. He has more than 30 years of healthcare management experience, including serving in several senior management positions with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota. Before joining Kaiser Permanente he served as president and CEO of Minneapolis-based HealthPartners.  

Dean M. Harrison. President and CEO of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare (Chicago). Mr. Harrison has led Northwestern Memorial HealthCare since 2002. He joined the system in 1998 as senior vice president for corporate operations. He previously served as president and COO of the University of Chicago Health System. Mr. Harrison currently serves as secretary of the Illinois Hospital Association's board of trustees.

Robert J. Henkel. President and CEO of Ascension Health (St. Louis).
Mr. Henkel became president and CEO of Ascension Health and executive vice president of Ascension Health Alliance, a new holding company, in January 2012 when Anthony Tersigni stepped down to head the newly launched company. Mr. Henkel previously held the position of president of healthcare operations and COO of the health system for eight years. He has also served as president of the Great Lakes and Mid-Atlantic States Operating Group at Ascension Health.

Keith A. Hovan. President and CEO of Southcoast Health System (New Bedford, Mass.).
Mr. Hovan has served as president and CEO of Southcoast Health System since 2010 and as president and CEO of Southcoast Hospitals Group, a subsidiary of the health system, since 2008. He previously served as executive vice president and COO of Danbury (Conn.) Hospital for four years and as senior vice president of operations for three years. He has also held leadership positions at Montefiore Medical Center in New York and at Bridgeport (Conn.) Hospital.

Ronald A. 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, executive director and CEO of The Wellington Private Hospital in London, England, and executive director of Humana Hospital in Lexington, Ky.

John P. Innocenti. President of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Presbyterian Shadyside.
Mr. Innocenti has served as president of UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside 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.

Donald L. Jernigan, PhD. President and CEO of Adventist Health System (Altamonte Springs, Fla.). Before becoming president and CEO of Adventist Health System, Dr. Jernigan served as executive vice president of the system and CEO of Florida Hospital and the Florida Division. He also served as CEO of the Multi-State Hospital Division and president of Tennessee Christian Medical Center and the Tennessee/Georgia region.

Jeffrey A. Johnston. President of Mercy Hospital St. Louis. Mr. Johnston became president of Mercy Hospital St. Louis in September 2011. He previously served as president of St. Edward Mercy Medical Center in Fort Smith, Ark., for three years. He joined the health system in 2001 and has held several other leadership positions, including senior vice president of operations for Mercy Memorial Health Center in Ardmore, Okla., and COO of Mercy Health Center in Oklahoma City.

Stephen K. Jones. President and CEO of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Health System (New Brunswick, N.J.). Mr. Jones became president and CEO of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Health System in 2007, before which he served as interim president and CEO. He previously held the position of senior vice president of operations of 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.

Larry R. Kaiser, MD. President and CEO of Temple University Health System (Philadelphia). Dr. Kaiser was named senior executive vice president for health sciences, dean of the Temple University School of Medicine and CEO of Temple University Health System in February 2011. He previously served as president and Alkek-Williams Chair of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, professor of surgery and professor of cardiothoracic and vascular surgery.

James R. Kaskie. President and CEO of Kaleida Health (Buffalo, N.Y.).
Mr. Kaskie was named president and CEO of Kaleida Health in 2006 and of Great Lakes Health System of Western New York, the parent organization of the health system and Erie County Medical Center, in 2007. He previously served as president and COO of Kaleida for two years. He was also senior vice president of operations of Englewood, Colo.-based Catholic Health Initiatives.

Brian E. Keeley. President and CEO of Baptist Health South Florida (Coral Gables). Mr. Keeley, president and CEO of Baptist Health South Florida, has been with the organization for more than 30 years. He is Honorary Consul General to St. Kitts-Nevis, two islands in the Caribbean, and works to expand healthcare in Caribbean communities. In addition, he was a member of American Hospital Association's Health Care Systems 2010 Governing Council.

John Koster, MD. President and CEO of Providence Health & Services (Renton, Wash.). Dr. Koster, an internist, has led Providence Health & Services as president and CEO since 2003. He joined the system in 1997 and was responsible for systems operations. He previously served as senior vice president of Irving, Texas-based VHA and in leadership positions at Presbyterian Healthcare Services in Albuquerque, N.M., and at Rocky Mountain Healthcare Company in Denver.

Kelby K. Krabbenhoft. President and CEO of Sanford Health (Fargo, N.D., Sioux Falls, S.D.). Mr. Krabbenhoft has been president of Sanford Health since 1996 and CEO since 1997. He previously served as president and CEO of Freeman Health System in Joplin, Mo., executive vice president of Sisters of Mary of the Presentation Health System in Fargo, N.D., and president of St. Margaret's Hospital in Spring Valley, Ill.

Robert J. Laskowski, MD, MBA. President and CEO of Christiana Care Health System (Wilmington, Del.). Dr. Laskowski has been leading Christiana Care Health System since 2003. Prior to joining the health system, Dr. Laskowski, a geriatrician, served as 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.

Bruce Lawrence. President and CEO of Integris Health (Oklahoma City). Mr. Lawrence has been at Integris Health since 2001. He served as president of the system's Baptist and Southwest Medical Centers in Oklahoma City and executive vice president and COO of the system before becoming CEO. He was also senior vice president and COO of Baptist Health in Montgomery, Ala., and vice president of Baptist Health System in Little Rock, Ark.

Bill Leaver. President and CEO of Iowa Health System (Des Moines). Mr. Leaver has served as president and CEO of Iowa Health System since 2008. He previously served as president and CEO of Trinity Regional Health System in Rock Island, Ill., for seven years. He was also a senior executive at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit.

Thomas J. Lewis. Outgoing President and CEO of Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals (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, at which point COO David McQuaid will serve as president in addition to COO.

Steven H. Lipstein. President and CEO of BJC HealthCare (St. Louis). Mr. Lipstein has held his current position as president and CEO of BJC HealthCare since 1999. He serves on the St. Louis Regional Health Commission and is a board member of the Missouri Hospital Association. He is also on the board of trustees for Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and is chairman of the university's Institute of Public Health National Advisory Council.  

Kevin E. Lofton. President and CEO of Catholic Health Initiatives (Englewood, Colo.). Mr. Lofton has served as president and CEO of Catholic Health Initiatives since 2003. He previously served as COO, in addition to other leadership positions at the system. He was the 2007 chairman of the American Hospital Association's board of trustees and currently chairs the AHA's Special Advisory Group to Improve Hospital Care for Minorities.


Stephen R. Mason. President and CEO of BayCare Health System (Clearwater, Fla.). Mr. Mason has led the 18,500 employees of BayCare Health System since May 2004. Several system-wide initiatives have been launched under his tenure, including a seven-year project to completely transition the system and its 3,100 physicians from paper to electronic medical records.

John D. McConnell, MD. CEO of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center (Winston-Salem, N.C.). Before Dr. John McConnell was named the first CEO of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in 2008, he was executive vice president of health system affairs at Dallas-based University of Texas Southwestern for five years. Dr. McConnell, who began his 25-year career as a urologist, now oversees Wake Forest's clinical, research and academic undertakings.

Gene F. Michalski. President and CEO of Beaumont Health System (Royal Oak, Mich.). Upon his appointment in June 2010, Mr. Michalski became Beaumont Health System's fifth CEO in the organization's 55-year existence. Previously, Mr. Michalski was executive vice president and COO of the system for four years. He's also held leadership roles as executive vice president and COO of St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, Ill.  

Carlos Migoya. CEO of Jackson Health System (Miami). Mr. Migoya joined Jackson Health System as president and CEO in April 2011. Before then, Mr. Migoya served as city manager in Miami. Aside from his current role, Mr. Migoya had no experience in healthcare as he was a banker for more than 30 years. He served as regional president of Wachovia in North Carolina and as CEO for the Atlantic region, making him responsible for the company's banking in New Jersey, Connecticut and New York.

Ralph W. Muller. CEO of University of Pennsylvania Health System (Philadelphia). Before Mr. Muller was named chief of University of Pennsylvania Health System in July 2003, he was the president and CEO of University of Chicago Hospitals and Health System — a position he held for 15 years. Mr. Muller oversees the three hospitals within Pennsylvania Health System, including the nation's first — Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia — which was founded in 1751.

Michael W. Murphy. President and CEO of Sharp HealthCare (San Diego). Mr. Murphy has been at the helm of Sharp HealthCare since June 1996. Under his tenure, the four-hospital system has launched an initiative called The Sharp Experience, which aims to enhance patient, employee and physician satisfaction. In December, after a rigorous selection process, Sharp was chosen by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid to participate in the Pioneer Accountable Care Organization program.

Elizabeth G. Nabel, MD. President of Brigham and Women's Hospital (Boston). Dr. Nabel assumed her leadership position at Brigham and Women's Hospital in January 2010. Before then, she served as the director of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health, where she oversaw an annual budget of roughly $3 billion. Dr. Nabel is also an accomplished cardiologist and an internationally renowned researcher.

Harris Nagler, MD. President of Beth Israel Medical Center (New York City).
Dr. Nagler was named president of the 1,106-bed Beth Israel Medical Center in March 2010. Prior to his current role, Dr. Nagler served as chairman of the hospital's department of urology — a position he held since 1989. Along with his executive role, Dr. Nagler is a recognized clinical expert in male infertility issues.

Mark R. Neaman. President and CEO of NorthShore University HealthSystem (Evanston, Ill.). Mr. Neaman has led four-hospital NorthShore University HealthSystem since 1992, though he has spent his entire career with the health system since joining Evanston (Ill.) Hospital in 1974. Mr. Neaman has received recognition from the American College of Healthcare Executives, which named him "Young Healthcare Executive of the Year" and awarded him with the Gold Medal Award in 2009.

John H. Noseworthy, MD. President and CEO of Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minn.).
Dr. Noseworthy became president and CEO of Mayo Clinic in November 2009. A neurologist, Dr. Noseworthy joined Mayo in 1990 and has held various leadership positions with the system, including 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.

John O'Brien. President and CEO of UMass Memorial Health Care (Worcester, Mass.). Mr. O'Brien has served at the helm of UMass Memorial Health Care since 2002. Before then, Mr. O'Brien was CEO of Cambridge Health Alliance for 25 years, overseeing the regional safety-net system that serves communities north of Boston. UMass Memorial is a partner to the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where Mr. O'Brien has been an instructor since 2003.

Sharon O'Keefe. President of the University of Chicago Medical Center.
Ms. O'Keefe was named president of University of Chicago Medical Center in February 2011. Before then, she was president of Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Ill. She also served for seven years as COO of Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis and held leadership positions with the University of Maryland Medical System in Baltimore and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Ms. O'Keefe began her career as a critical care nurse.

Judith M. Persichilli. President and CEO of Catholic Health East (Newtown Square, Pa.).
Ms. Persichilli assumed the leadership position of Catholic Health East in December 2009. She joined the system in 2003 as executive vice president of Catholic Health East's Mid-Atlantic Division. Ms. Persichilli has also held leadership positions with St. Francis Medical Center in Trenton, N.J., and St. Peter's Medical Center in New Brunswick, N.J., after beginning her career as a staff nurse.

Ronald R. Peterson. President of The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System (Baltimore).
Mr. Peterson is president of The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System and executive vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine — the umbrella alliance of the health system and The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He also serves as chairman of Johns Hopkins Community Physicians, which provides ambulatory care at 36 locations, and as a director of Johns Hopkins HealthCare, the Johns Hopkins Home Care Group and Johns Hopkins Medicine International.

C. Wright Pinson, MBA, MD. CEO of Vanderbilt Health System (Nashville, Tenn.). Dr. Pinson is the CEO of hospitals and clinics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center as well as deputy vice chancellor for health affairs and associate vice chancellor for clinical affairs. Dr. Pinson, a liver and hepatobiliary surgeon, remains active teaching Vanderbilt's medical students and residents, serving as the program director for the Vanderbilt General Surgery Residency Program.

John T. Porter. President and CEO of Avera Health (Sioux Falls, S.D.). Mr. Porter has served as the president and CEO of Avera Health since 1989. Before then, Mr. Porter served as executive vice president of the system for five years and as associate general counsel for 11 years. The system includes more than 30 hospitals and 120 primary care community care clinics.

Andrea R. Price. President and CEO of Mercy (Toledo, Ohio).
Ms. Price has served at the helm of Mercy since August 2010. Before then, she had served as COO of the seven-hospital system. Prior to her roles with Mercy, Ms. Price was the executive vice president and COO of Sparrow Health System in Lansing, Mich.

Thomas M. Priselac. President and CEO of Cedars-Sinai Health System (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.

Stephen C. Reynolds. President and CEO of Baptist Memorial Health Care (Memphis, Tenn.). Mr. Reynolds began his career with Baptist Memorial in 1971 as an administrative assistant before he assumed his current position at the helm of the organization in 1994. Mr. Reynolds oversees the 14-hospital health system, which includes 3,100 affiliated physicians.

Tim Rice. President and CEO of Cone Health (Greensboro, N.C.). Mr. Rice was named to lead Cone Health, a five-hospital system, in August 2004. Before then, he served as COO of Cone Health for three years. Mr. Rice also served as executive vice president of the Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro, N.C., and executive vice president of the Health Services Division of Cone.

Joan K. Richards. President and CEO of Crozer-Keystone Health System (Springfield, Pa.). Ms. Richards has served as president and CEO of Crozer-Keystone Health System since January 2007. Before then, Ms. Richards was executive vice president and COO of the system, which includes a physician network and sports science and technology center. She has also previously served as president and CEO of Crozer-Keystone Hospitals, a role for which she oversaw the management and strategy of five hospitals.

Jeffrey A. Romoff. President and CEO of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Mr. Romoff has served as UPMC's president since 1992 and as CEO since 2006. He began his career at University of Pittsburgh in 1973 and assumed various leadership positions within the university and its medical center until assuming his current post. Under his tenure, UPMC has evolved from an academic medical center into a fully integrated $8 billion global health enterprise.

William L. Roper, MD. CEO of UNC Health Care System (Chapel Hill, N.C.).
Along with his role as CEO of the system, Dr. Roper is dean of the school of medicine and vice chancellor for medical affairs. He is also a professor of pediatrics and health policy and administration in the UNC School of Public Health. Dr. Roper is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and serves on the board of trustees for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Paul B. Rothman, MD. CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine (Baltimore).
Dr. Rothman was named as the 14th dean of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and second CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine in December 2011. A rheumatologist and molecular immunologist, Dr. Rothman will continue to serve as dean of the Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa in Iowa City until he assumes his role at Johns Hopkins on July 1, succeeding Edward D. Miller.

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. Previously he served as COO of the 832-bed UCLA Health System in Los Angeles, where he oversaw an operating budget of $1.6 billion. Mr. Rubin also served as COO of Stony Brook (N.Y.) University Hospital prior to his time with UCLA.

Ernie Sadau. President and CEO of Christus Health (Irving, Texas).
Mr. Sadau assumed the role of president and CEO of Christus Health in March 2011. He joined the system as senior vice president of patient and resident care operations in 2006, becoming senior vice president and COO in 2008. Before then, he served at Adventist Health System from 1983 to 2006, holding various executive positions, including president and CEO of Adventist Health System Midwest, based in Hinsdale, Ill.

Steven M. Safyer, MD. President and CEO of Montefiore Medical Center (Bronx, N.Y.). Dr. Safyer was named president and CEO of Montefiore Medical Center in January 2008. Prior to his current appointment, he was the senior vice president and CMO of Montefiore for 10 years. Dr. Safyer, a board-certified internist, is known for his work as an advocate for underserved populations and is a professor of medicine and epidemiology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx.

Kenneth A. Samet. President and CEO of MedStar Health (Columbia, Md.). Before Mr. Samet was named to lead MedStar Health in January 2008, he served as the president and COO of the system for five years, overseeing annual revenues of $4 billion. He previously served solely as COO since MedStar Health's founding in 1998. From 1990 to 2000, Mr. Samet also served as the president of MedStar Washington (D.C.) Hospital Center.

Joseph Sebastianelli. President and CEO of Jefferson Health System (Radnor, Pa.). Mr. Sebastianelli was named to lead Jefferson Health System in 2002. Before then, he served as chairman and CEO of RealMed Corp., a revenue cycle management and real-time medical claim adjudication company based in Indianapolis. Mr. Sebastianelli also served on the board of Universal Health Services, based in King of Prussia, Pa.  

Gary Shorb. President and CEO of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare (Memphis, Tenn.). Mr. Shorb has led Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare since October 2001. He joined the system in 1990 as executive vice president, and before then, he served as president of Regional Medical Center in Memphis for four years. Mr. Shorb earned the Meritorious Service Award from the Tennessee Hospital Association in 2007 in recognition of his leadership.

J. Knox Singleton. CEO of Inova Health System (Falls Church, Va.).
Mr. Singleton has served at the helm of Inova since 1984, when the system was still called the Fairfax Hospital Association. Inova has expanded under Mr. Singleton's tenure, growing to include six hospitals along with urgent-care centers, assisted-living centers and other healthcare settings.

Sherrie Sitarik. President and CEO of Orlando (Fla.) Health. Ms. Sitarik was appointed to lead Orlando Health, a $1.5 billion, eight-hospital system, in February 2010. Prior to her current role, she served as the system's executive vice president for roughly two years. Ms. Sitarik has also served as president of Orlando Regional Medical Center and Lucerne Hospital, both located in Orlando.

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 in Boston.

Anthony L. Spezia. President and CEO of Covenant Health (Knoxville, Tenn.).
Mr. Spezia was named president and CEO of Covenant Health, a seven-hospital system, in October 2000. He joined Covenant in 1996 and held a number of positions with the system prior to his appointment. Mr. Spezia is also the immediate past chairman of the Healthcare Systems Governing Council of the American Hospital Association.

Charles Sorenson, MD. President and CEO of Intermountain Healthcare (Salt Lake City).
Dr. Sorenson was named to lead the 23-hospital Intermountain Healthcare in January 2009. Before then, he served as the system's executive vice president and COO for 11 years. Along with his executive role, Dr. Sorenson continues to be clinically active in the practice of surgery with a focus on urologic oncology.

Richard J. Statuto. President and CEO of Bon Secours Health System (Marriottsville, Md.).
Mr. Statuto has led Bon Secours Health, a non-profit, Catholic system, since 2005. He first joined the system in 1987 as vice president of planning and marketing before leaving in 1990 to work for St. Joseph Health System in Orange, Calif. He returned to Bon Secours in 2005 to fill the position of president and CEO of the health system.

Glenn D. Steele Jr., MD, PhD. President and CEO of Geisinger Health System (Danville, Pa.). Dr. Steele has led Geisinger Health System since 2001. Before then, he served as vice president for medical affairs, dean of 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 Healthcare (Raleigh, N.C.). Mr. Strong was named to lead Rex Healthcare in 2004. Since then, Rex has earned Magnet nursing status from the American Nurses Association 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 a hands-on leadership style.

Joseph R. Swedish. President and CEO of Trinity Health (Novi, Mich.). With more than 37 years of experience in healthcare, Mr. Swedish has served as Trinity Health's president and CEO since 2005. Under his tenure, Mr. Swedish has prioritized cultural diversity and inclusion, and also serves as the system's chief diversity officer. Before joining Trinity, he served as president and CEO of Centura Health in Englewood, Colo.

Ronald W. Swinfard, MD. CEO of Lehigh Valley Health Network (Allentown, Pa.).
Dr. Swinfard, a board-certified dermatologist, has led Lehigh Valley Health Network since November 2010. Before then, he served as the 855-bed health system's CMO from 2003. He came to LVHN from the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he held the position of chair in the departments of dermatology and internal medicine.

Michael C. Tarwater. CEO of Carolinas HealthCare System (Charlotte, N.C.). Before Mr. Tarwater joined Carolinas HealthCare System in 1981, he served as assistant administrator at the University of Alabama Hospitals in Birmingham. He is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and past chairman of the N.C. Hospital Association Board of Trustees.

Elaine Thompson. President and CEO of Lakeland (Fla.) Regional Medical Center.
Ms. Thompson was named to lead Lakeland Regional Medical Center as president and CEO in June 2010. Before then, she served as president of the 350-bed Lankenau Hospital in Wynnewood, Pa., for four years. She has also served as executive vice president and COO of St. Luke's Hospital and Health Network in Coaldale, Pa., and held various administrative positions with the University of Pennsylvania Health System in Philadelphia.  

William P. Thompson. President and CEO of SSM Health Care (St. Louis).
Mr. Thompson became president and CEO of SSM Health Care in August 2011 after serving as the system's president and COO for two years. Mr. Thompson began his work with SSM in 1980. Before he was named president and COO, he was senior vice president of strategic development from 1993 to 2009. Known for his commitment to quality, Mr. Thompson also chairs the Quality Improvement Committee for Premier.

David P. Tilton. President and CEO of AtlantiCare (Egg Harbor Township, N.J.).
Mr. Tilton was named to lead AtlantiCare in March 2007. He joined AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in 1987 as administrator of the hospital's Mainland campus and then served as the hospital's CEO for more than 13 years. AtlantiCare launched an accountable care organization under Mr. Tilton's leadership in October 2011.

Nick Turkal, MD. President and CEO of Aurora Health Care (Milwaukee).
Dr. Turkal, a family practice physician, has been with Aurora Health Care since 1987 and has served as president and CEO since 2007. He previously served as a senior vice president and president of Aurora Health Care's metro region, where he oversaw the operations of the system's facilities and services in the Milwaukee area.

Stephen A. Williams. President and CEO of Norton Healthcare (Louisville, Ky.). Mr. Williams, who has been with Norton since 1977, was named to lead the system as president and CEO in 1993. A recognized leader in healthcare quality, the system earned the National Quality Healthcare Award in 2011 under Mr. Williams' tenure. Mr. Williams has served on the board of trustees of the American Hospital Association and various other healthcare and civic organizations.

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.

Dan Wolterman. President and CEO of Memorial Hermann Healthcare System (Houston). Mr. Wolterman has led Memorial Hermann, the largest non-profit health system in Texas, since 2002. With more than 30 years of healthcare experience, Mr. Wolterman has chaired numerous organizations, including the Texas Hospital Association Board of Directors, the American Heart Association and the Greater Houston Partnership.

Thomas F. Zenty III. CEO of University Hospitals (Cleveland).
Mr. Zenty has served at the helm of University Hospitals since March 2003. The system includes eight owned and two joint-ventured medical centers in addition to ambulatory surgery centers and primary care offices. Prior to assuming leadership of the eight-hospital system, Mr. Zenty was executive vice president for clinical care services and COO of Cedars-Sinai Health System in Los Angeles.


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