Redonda Miller is president of The Johns Hopkins Hospital, an 1,100-bed academic medical center with $2.5 billion in operating revenue and more than 10,000 employees. Since her appointment in 2016, she has led successful efforts to expand the world-renowned hospital’s focus on high value care, to enhance safety and the patient experience, and to improve the health of all populations.
During Dr. Miller’s tenure, The Johns Hopkins Hospital has been consistently recognized for clinical excellence, maintaining its ranking among the top three hospitals in the nation on the U.S. News and World Report Honor Roll. In 2018, the hospital earned its fourth consecutive nursing Magnet designation, as well as an A for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group and the 2018 Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence.
Dr. Miller arrived at Johns Hopkins as a medical student in 1988. She joined the medical faculty in 1997 and earned a master’s degree in business administration from The Johns Hopkins University in 2004. Since then, she has served in several administrative roles of increasing responsibility, including vice chair of clinical operations for the Department of Medicine and senior vice president of medical affairs for the Johns Hopkins Health System.
A practicing internist, Dr. Miller continues to see patients, allowing her to experience firsthand the impact of the decisions she and her executive team make on behalf of the hospital.
Dr. Miller is active in several community and professional organizations, volunteering her time as chair of the 2019 Greater Maryland Heart Walk and as a member of the Maryland Hospital Association executive committee and the Gilchrist board of directors. Her many honors include being named by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of their 100 Great Healthcare Leaders and by Modern Healthcare as one of their Top 25 Women in Healthcare for 2019.
Dr. Miller is married to Albert Polito, a pulmonologist. They have two daughters, Francesca and Bianca.
Candice Saunders is President and CEO of WellStar Health System. She joined WellStar as Chief Operating Officer of Kennestone Regional Medical Center in May 2007, then becoming president of the hospital. Due to her experience and strong leadership, she was promoted to Chief Operating Officer for WellStar Health System in 2013. Then in 2014, the WellStar Board of Trustees announced that she would assume the role of President and CEO in 2015. Under Candice’s leadership, WellStar has been recognized as a leader in safety and quality measures. She is currently the chair of the Georgia Hospital Association and was recently named Healthcare Champion by The National Association for Female Executives. Candice is one of only 14 women receive a Women of Excellence award in 2015 and the only woman in healthcare. She has a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of South Florida and an MBA/MHA from University of Alabama-Birmingham.
Dr. Jaewon Ryu is Geisinger’s president and chief executive officer. He came to Geisinger as the executive vice president and chief medical officer in 2016, and in that capacity, he has overseen all aspects of patient care at Geisinger, working to improve the quality, affordability and experience of care delivered across the enterprise.
During his tenure at Geisinger, Dr. Ryu has cultivated a spirit of innovation and transformation across the organization, driving new approaches to some of healthcare’s most complex problems. These include initiatives like primary care redesign; Geisinger at Home, which brings healthcare services to patients in their home; and 65 Forward, our senior-focused, concierge healthcare centers. All of these are examples of Dr. Ryu’s commitment to making health easier by improving outcomes, engagement and affordability. This dedication to innovation for the health of our communities earned Dr. Ryu a top 20 spot on Modern Healthcare’s Most Influential Clinical Executives list for 2019.
Dr. Ryu was previously at Humana, where he was president of integrated care delivery and responsible for Humana’s owned and joint ventured care delivery assets, including a management services organization (MSO) assisting affiliated practices to adopt population health under value-based reimbursement methodologies.
Prior to Humana, Dr. Ryu held various leadership roles at the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System, Kaiser Permanente (where he also practiced as an emergency medicine physician), and in government, at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and as a White House Fellow at the Department of Veterans Affairs. He was also a practicing corporate healthcare attorney with the international firm McDermott, Will & Emery.
Dr. Ryu was appointed to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), an independent body legislatively tasked with advising Congress on payment and other policies governing health plans and providers serving Medicare beneficiaries. He has previously served in various other advisory roles, including board positions with My Health Direct Inc., a provider of digital care coordination solutions (acquired by Experian), as well as MCCI and JenCare, both clinic/MSO organizations managing the financing and delivery of care for Medicare Advantage members under full-risk payment models. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the White House Fellows Foundation and Association.
Dr. Ryu earned his BA degree from Yale University and his MD and JD from the University of Chicago. He completed his residency training in emergency medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.
Johnese Spisso assumed the position of President of UCLA Health, CEO of UCLA Hospital System and Associate Vice Chancellor of UCLA Health Sciences in 2016. She is a nationally recognized academic healthcare leader with more than 30 years of experience, and oversees all operations of UCLA’s hospitals and clinics as well as the health system’s regional outreach strategy.
Before coming to UCLA, Spisso spent 20 years at UW Medicine, in Seattle, Washington, where she was chief health system officer and vice president of medical affairs for the University of Washington. While there, she played a major role in expanding collaborations with regional hospitals and in the operational integration of two major community hospitals into UW Medicine. She also helped to lead development of a statewide trauma system.
A registered nurse, Spisso rose through the ranks at UC Davis Medical Center to direct critical care; trauma, burn and emergency services; and the Life Flight Air-Medical Program. Before that, she was a critical-care nurse in the medical, surgical and transplant intensive care unit at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Presbyterian.
Spisso received a master’s degree in health care administration and public administration from the University of San Francisco, and a bachelor’s degree in health sciences from Chapman College. She earned her RN at the St. Francis School of Nursing. She has published numerous articles and book chapters on healthcare leadership, and she serves on several national boards, including the American Association of Medical Colleges’ Council of Teaching Hospitals and Health Systems.
Arianna Huffington is the founder of The Huffington Post, the founder and CEO of Thrive Global, and the author of 15 books, including, most recently, Thrive and The Sleep Revolution. In May 2005, she launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site that quickly became one of the most widely-read, linked to, and frequently-cited media brands on the Internet. In August 2016, she launched Thrive Global, a corporate and consumer well-being and productivity platform with the mission of changing the way we work and live by ending the collective delusion that burnout is the price we must pay for success.
She has been named to TIME Magazine's list of the world’s 100 most influential people and the ForbesShe has been named to TIME Magazine's list of the world’s 100 most influential people and the ForbesMost Powerful Women list. Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in economics. At 21, she became president of the famed debating society, the Cambridge Union.
She serves on numerous boards, including Uber, Onex, Global Citizen, and Just Capital.
Her last two books, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder and The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night At A Time, both became instant international bestsellers.
Joseph Impicciche, JD, MHA, serves as President and Chief Executive Officer for Ascension, leading the Ascension Leadership Team to advance the health system’s Mission of providing compassionate, personalized care to all, especially those most in need. He previously served as President and Chief Operating Officer and earlier as Executive Vice President and General Counsel, providing legal counsel to the organization, Board of Directors and executive management.
Prior to joining Ascension, Mr. Impicciche was a partner in a private law firm with a concentration in public finance, business and tax law for nonprofit organizations. He also served as General Counsel for Ascension St. Vincent in Indianapolis.
As President and CEO of Ascension, Mr. Impicciche has been an advocate on numerous issues including the importance of greater access to care – especially for those who are underserved, gun violence as a public health issue, the need to reduce drug costs, and the use of technology to spur healthcare innovation. He also has represented Ascension at Scottsdale Institute and will speak in 2020 at The Twenty-Seventh Workshop for Bishops by The National Catholic Bioethics Center. Mr. Impicciche was named one of the Most Influential People in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare in 2019.
He is a member of the Indiana State Bar Association and the Missouri State Bar Association. He has served on the Boards of numerous organizations and currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Catholic Health Association of the United States, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul National Foundation and the St. Louis Regional Chamber.
Mr. Impicciche earned a Juris Doctorate from Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis, and a Master of Healthcare Administration from Indiana University. He received a bachelor’s degree from Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Indiana, where he was a Lilly Scholar. He was an adjunct professor of commercial law at Indiana University School of Business for 15 years, and an adjunct professor at Indiana University Law School from 1999-2003. He also has taught at Saint Louis University School of Law.
Marna Borgstrom began her career at Yale-New Haven Hospital more than 30 years ago. Her varied roles have taken her from a post-graduate fellowship to various staff and management roles, to her 1994 promotion to the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. In 2005, she was appointed President and CEO of both Yale-New Haven Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System.
The Yale New Haven Health System, which has $2 billion in revenues and employs 13,000 people in Connecticut, includes Bridgeport and Greenwich Hospitals as well.
She serves on several national boards, including VHA, Inc. in Dallas, the Council of Teaching Hospitals and Healthcare Executives Study Society. Closer to home, she serves on the Connecticut Hospital Association’s Board of Trustees and Greater New Haven Regional Leadership Council. She was previously Chair of the Connecticut Hospital Association’s Board of Trustees and served on the Boards of the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, the United Way of Greater New Haven and the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce’s Board and Executive Committee.
Marna has been the recipient of several awards recognizing her community involvement, including ADL’s Torch of Liberty Award, YMCA’s Women In Leadership Award, Junior Achievement Hall of Fame, New Haven Business Times’ 20 Noteworthy Women, Hill Health Center’s Leadership Award, Connecticut Women in Leadership Award and she is a member of the Gateway Community College Hall of Fame.
Eugene A. Woods MBA, MHA, FACHE is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Atrium Health, where he will oversee one of the most comprehensive and highly integrated healthcare systems in the nation. His appointment was announced on Feb. 11, 2016.
Atrium Health, based in Charlotte, N.C., has more than 60,000 full-time and part-time employees. They provide care through more than 11.5 million patient encounters per year at more than 900 care locations in North and South Carolina.
Prior to this appointment, he has been President and Chief Operating Officer of CHRISTUS Health, based in Irving, Texas, a position he has held since June 2011. There his responsibilities included overseeing acute, post-acute and international operations for CHRISTUS Health’s facilities in the United States, Mexico and Chile. CHRISTUS Health has more than 50 hospitals and long-term care facilities, 175 clinics and outpatient centers, and 30,000 associates.
He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Hospital Association and has been elected its next Chairman. He will assume that role in 2017.
Woods has 24 years of healthcare leadership experience, having overseen non-profit and for-profit managed hospitals, academic and community-based delivery systems, and rural and urban facilities. Previously, he served in dual roles at Catholic Health Initiatives – as CEO of the eight-hospital Saint Joseph Health System and as Senior Vice President responsible for helping implement national initiatives for the faith-based organization, which operates in 18 states. Prior to that, he served as COO of the Washington Hospital Center, a 968-bed teaching hospital that is part of MedStar Health and located in Washington, D.C.
Woods holds three degrees from The Pennsylvania State University: a bachelor’s degree in health planning and administration, a master’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in health administration. He and his wife, Ramona, have two teenage sons.
George W. Bush, the 43rd President of the United States, was sworn into office on January 20, 2001, and served as Commander in Chief for two consecutive terms. Before his presidency, he served for six years as Governor of the State of Texas. President Bush was born July 6, 1946, in New Haven, Connecticut, to Barbara and George H.W. Bush – later the 41st President of the United States. In 1948, the family moved to Texas, where President Bush grew up in Midland and Houston. He received a bachelor’s degree in history from Yale University in 1968 and then served as a pilot in the Texas Air National Guard. President Bush received a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School in 1975. Following graduation, he moved back to Midland and began a career in the energy business. After working on his father’s successful 1988 Presidential campaign, President Bush led a group of partners that purchased the Texas Rangers baseball franchise in 1989.
On November 8, 1994, George W. Bush was elected the 46th Governor of Texas. He became the first governor in Texas history to be elected to consecutive four-year terms when he was re-elected on November 3, 1998. In Austin, he earned a reputation for his bipartisan governing approach and his compassionate conservative philosophy, which was based on education reform, limited government, personal responsibility, strong families and local control. As President, George W. Bush worked to expand freedom, opportunity and security at home and abroad. His first initiative as President was the No Child Left Behind Act, a bipartisan measure that raised standards in schools, insisted on accountability in return for federal dollars and led to measurable gains in achievement – especially among minority students. Faced with a recession when he took office, President Bush cut taxes for every federal income taxpayer, which helped lead to an unprecedented 52 straight months of job creation. President Bush also modernized Medicare by adding a prescription drug benefit that provided access to needed medicine for 40 million seniors and other beneficiaries.
President Bush implemented free trade agreements with more than a dozen nations; empowered America’s armies of compassion by creating USA Freedom Corps and the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives; promoted a culture of life; improved air quality and made America’s energy supply more secure; designated more ocean area habitats for environmental protection than any predecessor; transformed the military to meet the changing threats of the 21st century and nearly doubled government support for veterans; pioneered a new development strategy that tied American foreign aid to reform and good governance; launched global HIV/AIDS and malaria initiatives that have saved millions of lives; expanded the NATO alliance; forged a historic new partnership with India; and appointed Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The most significant event of President Bush’s tenure came on September 11, 2001, when terrorists killed nearly 3,000 people on American soil. President Bush responded with a comprehensive strategy to protect the American people. He led the most dramatic reorganization of the federal government since the beginning of the Cold War, reforming the intelligence community and establishing new institutions like the Department of Homeland Security. He built global coalitions to remove violent regimes in Afghanistan and Iraq that threatened America, liberating more than 50 million people from tyranny. Recognizing that freedom and hope are the best alternative to the extremist ideology of the terrorists, he provided unprecedented American support for young democracies and dissidents in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and elsewhere. In the more than seven years President Bush remained in office following September 11, 2001, the United States was not attacked again.
Since leaving office, President Bush has returned to Texas, where he has focused his attention on the development of the George W. Bush Presidential Center at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, which opened in May 2013. The Bush Center encompasses President Bush’s presidential library, museum and archives, as well as the George W. Bush Institute. The Bush Institute seeks to improve the human condition, and its work is based on the principles that have guided President Bush throughout his life: freedom is universal; each human life is precious; to whom much is given, much is required; and the marketplace is the best way to allocate resources. President Bush has continued to promote these values through the work of the Bush Institute in economic growth, education reform, global health, human freedom, the Military Service Initiative and the Women’s Initiative. Through events like the Warrior Open Golf Tournament, a 36-hole competition that brings together patriots who volunteered to defend our Nation in the face of danger and were severely wounded in the War on Terror and programs such as Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon, an innovative partnership established to leverage public and private investments in global health to combat breast and cervical cancer in developing nations in Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America, President Bush continues his public service and advancing the policies he has championed throughout his life through the work of the Bush Institute.
In addition to his work with the Bush Center, President Bush published his memoir, Decision Points, a personal and candid account of the most defining decisions of his personal life and presidency in the fall of 2010. He is also the author Connecting You with the World's Greatest Minds of an intimate biography of his father, President George H.W. Bush, entitled 41: A Portrait of My Father. In the spring of 2017, President Bush will release another book entitled Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to
America’s Warriors, a vibrant collection of oil paintings and stories by President Bush honoring the sacrifice and courage of America’s military veterans. President Bush partnered with President Bill Clinton in the wake of Haiti’s devastating earthquake to lead a major fundraising effort to assist the Haitian people. President Bush also serves as the Honorary Chairman of the First Tee, an organization that provides young people with character-building and life skills lessons using golf as the platform. President Bush is married to Laura Welch Bush, a former teacher and librarian whom he met at a friend’s backyard barbeque. They have twin daughters, Barbara and Jenna, a son-in-law, Henry Hager, and two granddaughters, Mila and Poppy Louise Hager. The Bush family also includes two cats, Bob and Bernadette.
Laura L. Forese, MD MPH, is Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of NewYork-Presbyterian, including NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, NewYork-Presbyterian Regional Hospital Network, NewYork-Presbyterian Physician Services, and NewYork-Presbyterian Population and Community Health. She is responsible for achieving NewYork-Presbyterian’s operating targets, and implementing our patient-centered strategic vision and culture across the enterprise. She joined NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in 2003 as Vice President of Medical Affairs and, since then, has held roles as Chief Medical Officer; Group Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer for NYP/Weill Cornell, NYP/Westchester, and NYP/Lower Manhattan; and President of the former NYP Healthcare System. Prior to joining NewYork-Presbyterian, Dr. Forese spent four years as Vice Chair in Columbia’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. A pediatric orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Forese has been a Columbia faculty member since 1993 and retains her appointment as Associate Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Forese graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University, and Alpha Omega Alpha from Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. Dr. Forese also holds a Master of Public Health from Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health.
Mike Butler serves as president of operations for Providence.
He is responsible for all regional operations, population health, physician services, digital innovation and senior and community services.
He has more than 30 years of experience in health care financial and operations management with a successful track record in leading growth initiatives, building diverse leadership teams, implementing operational excellence, improving credit ratings, consolidating administrative services and improving patient outcomes and experience.
He leads with a sense of calling driven by his steadfast commitment to the mission of serving the poor and vulnerable, servant leadership and improving health for a better world.
Prior to joining Providence in 1998, Butler was the chief operating and financial officer of the Franciscan Health System in Tacoma, Washington and Catholic Health Initiatives in Englewood, Colorado. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from California State University, Fullerton and is a member of the Health Management Academy.
Dr. Ugwueke is an accomplished healthcare executive with over 27 years’ experience and track record of developing partnerships with physicians, associates, and community leaders to address healthcare needs in the community while achieving higher levels of organizational performance.
Since his arrival in Memphis in 2007 to Lead Methodist South Hospital, Dr. Ugwueke has completely transformed the hospital and has achieved clinical excellence, market share growth, financial and cultural turnaround of the hospital. Given his accomplishments at South, Dr. Ugwueke was asked in June of 2009 to take over the leadership of Methodist North Hospital in addition to leading Methodist South. In 2012, Dr. Ugwueke was promoted to Executive Vice President and COO for the System and in 2014 he was again promoted to President/COO for the System and President / CEO for all seven Memphis Hospitals.
Dr. Ugwueke is very active in the Memphis Community, as a leadership Memphis alumni, Dr. Ugwueke is very interested in improving education and youth development. As a result, he is currently serving on the board of Memphis Academy of Health Sciences one of the state's charter schools. In addition, he is on the Central board of Boys and Girls Club of Greater Memphis. He has been recognized by the State, County and City elected officials for his efforts to improve access to quality healthcare in the community.
Dr. Ugwueke is a member of various organizations, including NAHSE and ACHE where he is Board Certified in Healthcare Management and a fellow of the college. He has a strong interest in mentoring students and fellows and a well-earned reputation of developing managers and challenging them with significant opportunities to excel.
Dr. Ugwueke received his Doctorate in Health Administration and Leadership (DHA) from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, Masters degree in Public Health (MPH) with a concentration in Planning from Emory University, and his Bachelors (B.S.) degree in pre-med./biology from Shaw University in Raleigh North Carolina. In 2012, Dr Ugwueke was honored as a top 25 minority Healthcare Executive in the country by Modern Healthcare magazine.
Dr. Ugwueke and his wife Rebecca have two children, Michelle and Michael, Jr.
William Jefferson Clinton, the first Democratic president in six decades to be elected twice, led the U.S. to the longest economic expansion in American history, including the creation of more than 22 million jobs. He is the founder of the Clinton Foundation which focuses on tackling a number of the worlds' greatest challenges.