256 Hospital and Healthcare Leaders - Part 2

256 Hospital and Healthcare Leaders - Part 2

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James Mandell, MD.
In Oct. 2002, Dr. Mandell, a urologist, became CEO of Children's Hospitals in Boston, one of the largest children's hospitals in the nation, with 24,460 inpatient and day surgical cases and 492,698 outpatient visits. It has 40 clinical departments, 225 specialized clinical programs, an active medical and dental staff of 1,026, 384 associated scientific staff and 922 residents, fellows and interns.

Peter Marmerstein. In 2004, Mr. Marmerstein was named the CEO of the Chippenham Campus (Richmond, Va.) of CJW Medical Center, a 758-bed hospital operated by HCA Virginia Health System. He has more than 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry and has worked in hospitals in California, Texas and New York. He previously worked as CEO of St. Mary's Hospital in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Charles Martin, Jr. Mr. Martin has been Vanguard Health System's chairman and CEO since the Nashville, Tenn.-based company's establishment in 1997. Mr. Martin started Vanguard Health Systems with colleagues from his former employer OrNda. The aim of the company start up was to turn not-for-profit healthcare systems into investor-owned ventures. He is now responsible for the operation of more than a dozen for-profit acute-case hospitals and outpatient facilities throughout Arizona, Illinois, Massachusetts and Texas.

Sally A. Mason Boemer. As senior vice president for finance, Ms. Boemer has improved collections, shepherded payor contracts and organized cost-cutting teams at Massachusetts General Hospital. She started at Massachusetts General in 1993 in an administrative fellowship, an educational program that allowed her to rotate through the hospital's entire operations and finance departments. In May, the hospital was $4.2 million ahead of budget.

Michael Maves, MD. Dr. Maves serves as executive vice president and CEO of the American Medical Association, the nation's largest physician group. Before joining the AMA, Dr. Maves was executive vice president of the American Academy of Otolaryngology from 1994 to 1999 and head of the Consumer Healthcare Products Association in Washington, D.C. He has served as a specialty society representative and alternate delegate to the AMA House of Delegates, as well as a governor of the American College of Surgeons.

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

Peter J. McCanna. Mr. McCanna is CFO and executive vice president for administration at Northwestern Memorial Healthcare as well as Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. He joined Northwestern Memorial in August 2002 as senior vice president, CFO and treasurer. Previously he had been senior vice president and CFO since 1998 of Presbyterian Healthcare Services in Albuquerque, N.M., and prior to that, he was senior vice president and CFO of the University of Colorado Hospital.

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

Mark McDonald, MD. Dr. McDonald, an orthopedic surgeon, is president and CEO of the Institute for Orthopaedic Surgery in Lima, Ohio. It opened as an ASC in 1998 and converted to a three-bed hospital in 2002. The institute is next door to the Orthopaedic Institute of Ohio, a group of 16 orthopedic surgeons, allowing comprehensive orthopedic services in one location. The institute also has five internal medical consultants, three infectious disease consultants, nine physician assistants and four CRNAs.

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

Thomas A. Michaud. CEO and Board Chairman Mr. Michaud founded Foundation Surgery Affiliates in Jan. 1996, which owns and operates 18 surgical hospitals and surgery centers in Texas, Oklahoma, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana. In 2008, he formed Foundation Surgical Hospital Affiliates. Before founding FSA, he held the positions of COO and CFO of a regional surgery center management company. Mr. Michaud also previously served as a staff accountant for Ernst & Young.

Alan Miller. Mr. Miller currently serves as the CEO and chairman of Universal Health Services, a healthcare management company based in King of Prussia, Pa. USH, which was founded by Mr. Miller in 1978, has more than 38,000 employees and operates acute-care hospitals, ambulatory centers and other healthcare facilities throughout the United States and in Puerto Rico.

Edward D. Miller, MD. Dr. Miller, an anesthesiologist, became president of Johns Hopkins Medicine, located in Baltimore, in 1997. He is also dean of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and vice president for medicine of Johns Hopkins University. The hospital has topped U.S. News & World Report's list of America's Best Hospitals every year since 1991. Dr. Miller established the Center for Innovation in Quality Patient Care to continue Hopkins' leadership role in protecting patients. He came to Johns Hopkins in 1994 as director of anesthesiology and critical care medicine.

Marc D. Miller. Mr. Miller joined Universal Health Services in 1995 and was appointed president of the company in 2009. Prior to this, he served as co-head of UHS' Acute-Care Division since 2007, where he helped lead 26 acute-care hospitals and generated $4.0 billion revenues in his division. Mr. Miller now fills the role of president, taking over for his father Alan Miller. UHS operates acute-care hospitals, behavioral healthcare facilities and ambulatory surgery centers across the country.

Dan Moen. Established in Jan. 2008 by Mr. Moen and his associate, Legacy Hospital Partners owns, operates and manages acute-care hospitals in small cities and in select urban markets throughout the United States. Legacy is currently led by Mr. Moen, who serves as CEO. Mr. Moen previously served as executive vice president for development at Triad Hospitals and began his healthcare career with Humana in 1977, working there in positions of increasing responsibility for 14 years.

Daniel J. Morissette. Having assumed the CFO position of Stanford (Calif.) Hospital and Clinics in Sept. 2007, Mr. Morissette guides long-range financial planning and capital financing and coordinates financial planning with other parts of the system. On his watch, Fitch Ratings says Stanford's historical operating profitability has been "robust" and operating margins have ranged from 5.2 to 9.1 percent. Previously he was the top finance officer for University of Toledo Medical Center.

David Morlock. In 2010, the financial departments of the two major units of University of Michigan Health System, based in Ann Arbor, Mich., were brought together to increase efficiencies, and Mr. Morlock was chosen as CFO for the new entity. He has been using a new "rolling forecast" approach to budgeting and planning, meant to help all areas of UMHS stay on top of factors that affect the bottom line. UMHHC has logged 14 straight years of positive operating margins and is expected to do so again this year.

Edward G. Murphy, MD. Dr. Murphy, an internist, is president and CEO of Roanoke, Va.-based Carilion Clinic, formerly known as Carilion Health System, which operates eight hospitals and a 500-physician multi-specialty group. Carilion has annual net operating revenue of $1.2 billion and 11,000 employees. Dr. Murphy has been overseeing Carilion's conversion from a traditional, hospital-centered healthcare organization to a multi-specialty, patient-centered clinic. In early 2007, Virginia Tech and Carilion Clinic announced the creation of Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute.

Elizabeth G. Nabel, MD. Dr. Nabel, a cardiologist, became president of Brigham and Women's and Faulkner Hospitals in Boston in Jan. 2010. The 750-bed hospital is one of two non-university recipients of research funding from the National Institutes of Health for the past 10 years. She was previously director of the NIH's National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and is a nationally recognized scholar, having authored 250 publications.

Harris M. Nagler, MD. Dr. Nagler, a urologist, officially became president and CEO of Beth Israel Medical Center Manhattan in March 2010 after serving as interim president for a year. While CEO, Dr. Nagler is continuing as chairman of the department of urology, a position he has held since joining Beth Israel in 1989, until a replacement is found. He is the recipient of the John K. Lattimer Award from the Kidney and Urology Foundation of America and the Russell Lavengood Award from the New York Section of the American Urological Association.

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

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

Stephen L. Newman, MD. Dr. Newman, a pediatric gastroenterologist, became COO of Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare Corporation in 2007. In his role, he is responsible for the operational oversight of Tenet's 50 acute-care hospitals in 12 states, as well as the company's ASCs and diagnostic imaging centers. Previously, Dr. Newman was CEO of Tenet's California operations. He was the first in the Tenet system to implement the organization's Targeted Growth Initiative, which matches a hospital's service offerings and growth plans against anticipated future changes in the healthcare needs of its community.

Gary D. Newsome. Mr. Newsome was named the president and CEO of Health Management Associates in Sept. 2008. That same month, the board of directors appointed him as a director. Prior to stepping into this executive post, Mr. Newsome acted as president of hospital operations at Community Health Systems for hospitals in Illinois, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and West Virginia. He also assumed responsibilities as vice president of Group Operations.

Sister Mary Norberta. Sister Norberta is president and CEO of St. Joseph Healthcare and St. Joseph Hospital in Bangor, Maine. She began her career as one of the first-ever pediatric nurses at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She has held a number of positions including a faculty appointment at Harvard Medical School and Boston College Graduate School of Nursing. Sister Norberta was appointed associate executive director of St. Joseph Hospital in 1980 and became CEO in 1982. In 1995, she helped establish the Maine Health Alliance, a group of eight small and midsized hospitals.

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

Christopher T. Olivia, MD. In 2008, Dr. Olivia, an ophthalmologist, became president and CEO of West Penn Allegheny Health System, based in Pittsburgh, which was a financially struggling organization. In March 2010, West Penn reported its third straight quarter with a net profit. The turnaround involved a strategic plan involving hospital reorganizations, service integration and recruitment of top administrative and medical staff leaders.

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

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

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

Judith M Persichilli, RN, BSN. Since Dec. 2009, Ms. Persichilli has been the executive vice president and COO of Catholic Healthcare East. She first came to CHE in 2003 as executive vice president of the system's Mid-Atlantic Division. Previous to that, she worked in various leadership roles at hospitals such as St. Francis Medical Center and St. Peter's Medical Center.

Jonathan Perlin, MD. Dr. Perlin is chief medical officer and president of the clinical services group for Hospital Corporation of America. Dr. Perlin is responsible for clinical strategy and continually improving performance at HCA's 169 hospitals and 115 outpatient centers. He has been developing and implementing electronic health records throughout HCA as well as a national program to eradicate healthcare-associated infections.

Ronald R. Peterson. In addition to heading Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins Hospital as president, Mr. Peterson has been president of its parent, Johns Hopkins Health System, since 1997. He came to Johns Hopkins in 1973. In 1982, when Johns Hopkins took over the troubled Baltimore City Hospital, he was part of the effort to turn it around. The system spent $100 million to redevelop the hospital, renamed Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. It went from a loss of $7 million a year to a positive bottom line performance of $5 million a year.

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

Kenneth Polonsky, MD. Dr. Polonsky serves as the dean of the division of biological sciences at the Pritzker School of Medicine and executive vice president for medical affairs at the University of Chicago. He first joined the teaching faculty of the University of Chicago in 1981 and left in 1999 as section chief of endocrinology. From 1999 until his appointment at Pritzker and the University of Chicago, he served as the Adolphus Busch professor and chair of the department of medicine at Washington University in St. Louis, as well as physician-in-chief at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

Karen Poole. Ms. Poole is currently serving as vice president and COO of the Boca Raton (Fla.) Community Hospital and has more than 30 years of experience in healthcare operations. She has held numerous hospital executive positions and has served as a healthcare advisor and led various facility improvement initiatives. Among her expertise, she is experienced and knowledgeable in general hospital operations, managed care and profit improvement.

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

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

Edward Prunchunas. Mr. Prunchunas has held his position as senior vice president of finance and CFO of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center since 1998. He served as associate director of finance and director of finance at Cedars-Sinai from 1981 to 1983 and after a 10-year absence rejoined the organization in 1993 as vice president of finance. He previously served as CFO at Northridge (Calif.) Hospital Medical Center and was a member of Ernst & Ernst.

Joseph A. Quagliata. Mr. Quagliata was named president and CEO of South Nassau Communities Hospital of Oceanside, N.Y., in October 1998 and has been an advocate for hospitals on Long Island for more than 30 years.  He is immediate past chairman of the board of directors of the Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council, a body that comprises the chief executives of the 23 not-for-profit and public hospitals on Long Island, and served on the Long Island Regional Advisory Committee of the New York State Commission on Health Care Facilities in the 21st Century.

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

James P. Rayome. Mr. Rayome serves as a division vice president and associate general counsel of Community Health Systems, based in Franklin, Tenn. He first joined CHS in 2007, bringing with him more than 16 years of experience practicing healthcare law. Most recently, he was vice president of legal services and business practices for an Indiana hospital system. He also previously served as in-house counsel for various academic medical centers in New York and Washington, D.C.

Michael Reney. Mr. Reney has been CFO of Brigham and Women's and Faulkner Hospitals in Boston since 2000. He began his career there in 1990 as an accounting supervisor. With the formation of Partners HealthCare and the centralization of financial services for the member hospitals, he rose through the ranks as a senior manager and director over a 10-year stretch before coming back to Brigham as executive director and controller for Brigham and Women’s and Faulkner hospitals finance in 2000.

Lex Reddy. As the president and CEO of Ontario, Calif.-based Prime Healthcare, Mr. Reddy focuses on promoting active physician participation and believes it is the driving factor in the financial success of a hospital. He aims to provide cost-effective, clinical-driven quality healthcare to produce best patient outcomes and financial results. He was responsible for leading Desert Valley Hospital in achieving a turnaround with improved efficiencies in areas such as emergency department, decreasing inpatient lengths of stay and implementing state-of-the-art technology.

Prem Reddy, MD. Dr. Reddy, a cardiologist, is chairman and founder of Prime Healthcare Services, which oversees 13 acute-care hospitals in California. In his clinical career of more than 25 years, he has performed more than 5,000 cardiac procedures, including coronary angiography and angioplasty, and permanent pacemaker implantations. In 1985, Dr. Reddy founded Desert Valley Medical Group, a multi-specialty medical group. During his career, he oversaw the turnaround of Desert Valley Hospital, Desert Valley Medical Group and Chino Valley Medical Center.

John Rex-Waller. Mr. Rex-Waller is the chairman, president and CEO of National Surgical Hospitals, which partners with local physicians to develop freestanding surgical facilities. NSH is one of the most highly capitalized specialty hospital companies, with an ownership stake in 22 specialty hospitals across the United States, five of which were named the best hospitals in their respective states by Consumer Reports. NSH announced the opening of its newest surgical hospital, South Texas Surgical Hospital located in Corpus Christi, Texas, in Jan. 2010.

Britt Reynolds. Mr. Reynolds is a division president of Health Management Associates, based in Naples, Fla. In this position, he is responsible for hospitals in Alabama, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and South Carolina.  Prior to joining HMA in Dec. 2008, Mr. Reynolds was a vice president of operations at Community Health Systems and vice president of operations for Ephraim McDowell Health System, where jointly served as president and CEO of Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center. Mr. Reynolds has previously worked for Humana, Galen Healthcare and Columbia/HCA.

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

Steve Ronstrom. As president of the Western Wisconsin Division of Hospital Sisters Health System at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, Wis. Mr. Ronstrom has led the development of two five-year strategic plans to build harmony in the medical community, including physicians in multi-specialty groups as well as independent practice. In addition, he eliminated excess operating costs and reengineered management services to build a patient-focused system with a patient satisfaction rating in the top one percent in the nation.

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

David Ross. Mr. Ross is the new CEO and president of St. Joseph's Hospital in Nashua, N.H. He previously served for six years as president of Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital in St. Peters, Mo., and filled various executive positions at hospitals in Missouri and Iowa. As president of BJSP, Mr. Ross helped the hospital achieve national "top hospital" status for outstanding patient satisfaction by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid.

Michael Rowan. Mr. Rowan became the executive vice president and COO of Denver-based Catholic Health Initiatives, the third-largest faith-based health system in the nation, in March 2004. He provides strategic direction and management oversight for 72 hospitals in 18 states. He also oversees corporate information technology, performance management, clinical operations and supply chain services, among other roles and responsibilities.

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

Kathryn Ruscitto. Ms. Ruscitto is the new president and CEO of St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center in Syracuse, N.Y. Ms. Ruscitto has worked with St. Joseph's since 2001 in various executive capacities and led a multi-million dollar renovation project and spearheaded the hospital's involvement in a Syracuse revitalization project. Prior to joining St. Joseph's, Ms. Ruscitto worked as senior vice president of strategy for Loretto, the largest provider of eldercare services in upstate New York.

Linda B. Russell. Ms. Russell is the CEO of The Women's Hospital of Texas, located in Houston, and has seen the hospital grow in both size and prestige since she started in 1994. She was recently appointed to the Judicial Compensation Commission and currently serves on the March of Dimes board of directors, executive board and Texas state executive committee. She also serves on the board of directors for the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center.

Michael E. Russell, II, MD. Dr. Russell is an orthopedic surgeon with Azalea Orthopedics and is a board member at the Texas Spine & Joint Hospital, both located in Tyler, Texas. He received his orthopedic training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas and completed his residency in spine surgery at The Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte (N.C.). Dr. Russell is board certified and serves as a director on the board of Physician Hospitals of America.

Christina M. Ryan. Ms. Ryan is CEO of The Women's Hospital in Evansville, Ind., a specialty hospital that cares for women of all ages. She was recently appointed to the Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality. Ms. Ryan has received many other awards including the Spirit of Women, Next Generation of Women's Health Leaders Award and the Health and Social Services Individual Leadership Award from Leadership Evansville.

Sister Mary Jean Ryan. Sister Mary Jean is the president and CEO of SSM Health Care in St. Louis, a healthcare system sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Mary that owns, manages and is affiliated with 20 acute-care hospitals and two nursing homes in Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri and Oklahoma. Prior to 1986, she held a variety of executive posts at her congregation's hospitals. She serves on the National Commission for Quality Long Term Care and on a variety of boards of directors at the state and national levels.

Lee Sacks, MD. As president of Advocate Physicians Partners and executive vice president and CMO for Advocate Health Care in Illinois, Dr. Sacks is responsible for clinical excellence, as well as the implementation of information systems in the Advocate Physician Partners' network of 2,400 independent physicians. He has served as president of the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians and is the chairman of the Institute of Clinical Quality and Value.

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

Scott Serota. As president and CEO of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, Mr. Serota helps oversee a national federation of 39 independent, community-based and locally operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies. The Blue System is currently the nation's largest health insurer, covering 100 million people—one in three Americans. Mr. Serota was named president and CEO of the BCBSA in 2000 after serving as a senior executive and executive vice president for system development. Prior to joining the BCBSA, Mr. Serota was president and CEO of Chicago-based Rush Prudential Health Plans, where he led the integration of Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center Health Plans and The Prudential. Mr. Serota was appointed by President George Bush to the Policy Committee of the White House Conference on Aging, the administration and Congress on policies, programs and services affecting the nation's senior citizens.

Garry Scheib. Mr. Scheib has held his post as executive director of the Hospital of University of Pennsylvania since 1999. He is also a member of the hospital's board of directors. In 2004, he was appointed COO of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, the parent organization, which also consists of Presbyterian Medical Center, Pennsylvania Hospital and Phoenixville Hospital. Before coming to the health system in 1997, he was executive director of Rancocas Hospital in Willingboro, N.J.

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

Rachel Seifert. Ms. Seifert is executive vice president, secretary and general counsel of Community Health Systems in Brentwood, Tenn., and has held this post since she first joined the health system in Jan. 1998. Previously, she served as an associate general counsel of Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corporation from 1992 to 1997, while acting as vice president of legal operations starting in 1994. Ms. Seifert serves on the board of directors of the Federation of American Hospitals.

James Moore. Mr. Moore is the current CEO of OSF Healthcare in Peoria, Ill. He joined the health system in 1977 as the corporate reimbursement manager for The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis. He then became the CFO of OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in 1980 and served in that position for five years until he was asked to become the associate administrator of the medical center. In 1996, he was chosen to become the CEO for the Central Illinois Region of OSF and was appointed to be the CEO for the entire healthcare system in 1999. He will be stepping down as CEO in Feb. 2011.

Gregory Simone, MD. Dr. Simone, a cardiologist, is president and CEO of Atlanta-based WellStar Health System, a five-hospital organization. WellStar has improved its overall operating margin by more than 40 percent through Opportunities 2010, an initiative where employees work together to identify efficiencies and cost savings. Before joining WellStar, he was president and CEO for 27 years of Cardiovascular Medicine, the largest cardiology practice in the WellStar service area.

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

Peter Slavin, MD. Dr. Slavin, an internist, has been president of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston since 2003. This 900-bed medical center is the major teaching hospital of Harvard University, with one of the largest hospital-based research budgets in the world. The hospital has also achieved 100 percent implementation of computerized order entry and has convinced a great majority of its physicians to switch to electronic medical records.

Daniel Slipkovich. Capella Healthcare is led by co-founder Mr. Slipkovich, who currently serves as CEO. In this role, Mr. Slipkovich oversees all facets of the company's strategies, operations, finances and corporate governance. Capella currently operates 13 non-urban, general acute-care hospitals in partnership with communities across the country that are growing or have service needs that are not currently being met.

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

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

Dale Sowders. Mr. Sowders joined Holland (Mich.) Hospital as president and CEO in 2002. He has led the 171-bed hospital through several major milestones, including the first formal partnership with Zeeland Community Hospital to provide rehabilitation services on the Zeeland hospital campus in 2007 and a $45 million, 90,000-square-foot expansion to the emergency department in 2004.

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

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

James M. Staten. As executive vice president for corporate and financial services of the Yale-New Haven (Conn.) Health System, he also functions as CFO of the hospital. Before joining the system in 2000, Mr. Staten was a senior vice president in charge of finance for New York Presbyterian Hospital and New York Presbyterian Health Care System.

Paul Staton. Mr. Staton was named interim CFO in 2004 and became full CFO of UCLA Medical Center in 2005. He has emphasized helping employees understand the intricacies of healthcare finances. Even though the organization is non-profit, he told employees, "We need to generate a profit to reinvest in equipment for patient care, pay off our debt, provide academic support and maintain cost-of-living increases for our staff," according to UCLA Today. He added that any net income is put right back into the organization. Mr. Staton has been at the medical center for 14 years.

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

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

Robert Steigmeyer. Mr. Steigmeyer is the CEO of Community Medical Center in Scranton, Penn. Prior to joining Community Medical Center, he served as senior vice president of operations and finance for the 300-bed Northwest Hospital and Medical Center in Seattle. He also worked as a healthcare consultant at Ernst & Young in St. Louis and as an interim hospital executive around the country for ECG Management Consultants in Seattle.

John B. Stone. Mr. Stone holds the titles of senior associate vice president for health sciences, chief administrative officer and CFO at the Ohio State University Medical Center. Before joining the medical center, he was managing director of the healthcare practice at Navigant Consulting. In that position, he served as CEO of UCLA Medical Center, CEO and COO of UCSF Medical Center and CFO of UCSD Medical Center. He has also filled executive positions at hospitals in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan.

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

Steven L. Strongwater, MD. Dr. Strongwater, an internist, became CEO of Stony Brook (N.Y.) University Medical Center in Jan. 2007. The medical center comprises Stony Brook University School of Medicine and 540-bed Stony Brook University Hospital, with 5,100 employees. He opened the first phase of the Major Modernization Project at Stony Brook in 2008, encompassing 154,000 square feet of new construction and 48,000 square feet of renovation.

Paul Summerside, MD. Dr. Summerside, an emergency physician, is chairman of the board at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay, Wis. Dr. Summerside is chief medical officer of BayCare Clinic, with more than 100 physicians in more than 20 specialties serving Northeast Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. He also holds a master's degree in medical management.

Elliot J. Sussman, MD. Dr. Sussman is president and CEO of Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network, based in Allentown, Pa., which is affiliated with the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. An internist, Dr. Sussman has overseen LVHHN since 1993. He is a former chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges and previously served as the associate dean at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.

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

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

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

Larry Teuber, MD. Dr. Teuber, who is a board-certified neurological surgeon, serves as the president of Medical Facilities Corporation, which owns a majority interest in specialty surgical hospitals located in South Dakota and Oklahoma as well as ambulatory surgery centers in California. He is also the physician executive of Black Hills Surgical Hospital in Rapid City, S.D., which he founded in 1997. Dr. Teuber additionally serves as the founder and current managing partner of The Spine Center in Rapid City, S.D.

Peggy Troy. Ms. Troy is the CEO of Children's Hospital and Health System in Milwaukee. Previously, Ms. Troy served as the COO of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare in Memphis, Tenn., where she helped to oversee two academic medical centers, four community hospitals, a long-term care facility and over 1,600 licensed beds. Ms. Troy also served as CEO of Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center and filled leadership positions at Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas.

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

Richard Umbdenstock. Mr. Umbdenstock is the president and CEO of the American Hospital Association. He was past chair of the AHA board of trustees and served on the executive committee, chairing the operations committee. He also served on the Circle of Life committee and chaired the Task Force on Coverage & Access. Mr. Umdenstock has 11 years of experience as an independent consultant for voluntary hospital governing boards in the United States and Canada. He also served as executive vice president of Providence Health & Services.

Kevin L. Unger. In less than a decade, Mr. Unger went from being a chauffeur to president and CEO of 241-bed Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, Colo., according to an homage from his alma matter, University of Colorado Denver Business School. He won the American College of Healthcare Executives Robert S. Hudgens Memorial Award for 2009, and his organization won the 2008 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. During his tenure, the hospital has significantly raised patient and physician satisfaction and lowered medical error and infection rates.

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

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

Sandra A. Van Trease. Ms. Van Trease is a group president for eight community and rural hospitals operated by BJC Healthcare located in the St. Louis region. She is responsible for overall business and growth strategies for these hospitals and BJC Medical Group to ensure outstanding clinical quality, operating efficiencies and financial stability. Ms. Van Trease is an active member of the St. Louis community and serves on many corporate boards, including St. Louis Regional Business Council and Women Business Leaders of the U.S. Health Care Industry Foundation.

Harold Varmus, MD. Dr. Varmus, an oncologist, has been president of Memorial Sloan-Kettering in New York City since 2000. Dr. Varmus announced his retirement earlier this year but will stay on until a successor is named. He won the 1989 Nobel Prize in Medicine for the discovery of cancer genes. Before coming to Sloan-Kettering, he was director of the National Institutes of Health, where he initiated changes in the conduct of intramural and extramural research programs, planned three major buildings and helped double the NIH budget over five years. He recently started his tenure as the 14th director of the National Cancer Institute.

Anita S. Vaughn, RN. Ms. Vaughn is administrator and CEO of Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women in Memphis, Tenn., and has been with the hospital since its planning stages in 1998. Starting her career as a registered nurse, she is experienced in most areas of the healthcare business and has become a champion for women's health and making quality healthcare more accessible and convenient for women and their families. Ms. Vaughn previously served as assistant vice president for Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis.

Gary Weiss. As executive vice president, CFO and treasurer of NorthShore University HealthSystem in Illinois, Mr. Weiss also has CFO duties for Evanston Hospital. He spent more than 25 years in banking and financial services before coming to NorthShore in 2001. The health system has experienced a 17 percent topline revenue growth in 2009, partly due to its early investment in IT and its aggressive expansion in the prosperous North Shore suburbs of Chicago.

Ronald J. Werthman. Since Mr. Werthman assumed his position as vice president for finance in 1993, Johns Hopkins has achieved the highest operating margins in its history. He consolidated the health system and affiliates' finance divisions under his direction and worked closely with the management team on a budget incorporating the health system and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Before joining Johns Hopkins, he was CFO of Hahnemann University in Philadelphia and held similar positions at hospitals in Kansas, New York and Pennsylvania.

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

David R. White. As chairman, founder and CEO of Franklin, Tenn.-based IASIS Healthcare, Mr. White has grown IASIS to a $2.5 billion hospital company with 15 acute-care facilities. With more than 30 years of executive leadership experience in the healthcare industry, he has held leadership roles at a multitude of different organizations, including LifeTrust America, the Atlantic Group at Columbia/HCA and Community Health Systems.

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

Jeffrey P. Williams. Mr. Williams was named CFO of St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital in 2008. He is responsible for operational accounting, budgeting, performance improvement and joint-venture support. Mr. Williams has more than 36 years of experience in financial management, including in the healthcare financial services consulting practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers and at V4 Consulting.

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

Dan Wolterman. Mr. Wolterman is the president and CEO of Memorial Hermann Healthcare System in Houston, which is the largest not-for-profit healthcare system in Texas with 11 hospitals and almost 20,000 employees. He joined the health system in 1999 as senior vice president and during that time managed seven community hospitals and two long-term acute-care facilities. He was named CEO in 2002. Altogether, Mr. Wolterman has approximately 30 years of healthcare leadership experience.

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