The com­pany she keeps

Modern Healthcare - - Outliers -

Sis­ter Carol Kee­han is in some ex­alted com­pany with her lat­est honor: mak­ing the Time 100 list of the world’s most in­flu­en­tial peo­ple.

The pres­i­dent and CEO of the Catholic Health As­so­ci­a­tion since 2005, Kee­han is cited in the “Lead­ers” sec­tion of the list, rank­ing No. 22, be­low Brazil­ian Pres­i­dent Luiz Ina­cio Lula da Silva (No. 1) and Pres­i­dent Barack Obama (No. 4).

The es­say on Kee­han was writ­ten by Vic­to­ria Reg­gie Kennedy, the widow of Sen. Ed­ward Kennedy, who cites Kee­han’s ef­forts in the fight for the new health­care law: “Lead­er­ship is not about do­ing what’s easy. It’s about do­ing what’s right. Last March, my hus­band … said he looked for­ward to be­ing a foot sol­dier in the fight for re­form and vowed that, this time, we would not fail. Sis­ter Carol was a vi­tal foot sol­dier in that fight.”

Out­liers is glad to see Time catch­ing up with Mod­ern Health­care in rec­og­niz­ing Kee­han, who topped the list of our 100 Most Pow­er­ful Peo­ple in Health­care in 2007, and placed No. 18 in 2009. Al­though we have to ad­mit we never thought we’d see her on a list that in­cluded Lady Gaga and Bri­tish street artist Banksy (No. 1 and No. 20 on the “Artists” sec­tion, re­spec­tively).

Time says Kee­han is a leader to be reck­oned with.

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