New faces in the crowd

More than two dozen first-timers on 2011 rank­ing

Modern Healthcare - - Cover Story -

From the top—with U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) at No. 1—to the bot­tom, with Barry Rand, CEO of AARP, at No. 100— Mod­ern Health­care’s rank­ing of the 100 Most In­flu­en­tial Peo­ple in Health­care this year fea­tures more than two dozen names that have never made the list be­fore.

In all, there are 27 new­com­ers, with five fin­ish­ing in the top 10, in­clud­ing Ryan and Ver­mont Gov. Peter Shum­lin, who ranks sec­ond.

For No. 9 on the list, Dr. Farzad Mostashari, the place­ment re­flects a pro­mo­tion, as he re­placed Dr. David Blu­men­thal as the coun­try’s na­tional co­or­di­na­tor for health in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy.

Other new­com­ers in the top 10 in­clude John­son & John­son CEO Wil­liam Weldon at No. 8 and Therese “Terri” Vaughan, CEO of the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of In­surance Com­mis­sion­ers, at No. 10.

Vaughan noted how her or­ga­ni­za­tion’s pro­file has risen in health­care cir­cles ever since it was men­tioned more than 20 times in the Pa­tient Pro­tec­tion and Af­ford­able Care Act. She says the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s con­fer­ence calls used to have about 50 par­tic­i­pants, but “now there are sev­eral hun­dred, be­cause so many more peo­ple are pay­ing at­ten­tion” to NAIC ac­tiv­i­ties.

Dr. Robert Wah, a for­mer deputy na­tional co­or­di­na­tor, also made the list for the first time and placed 12th. Wah, chief med­i­cal of­fi­cer for the Com­puter Sciences Corp., has made Mod­ern Health­care’s list of the 50 Most Pow­er­ful Physi­cian Ex­ec­u­tives three times. This sum­mer, he took over as chair­man of the Amer­i­can Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion’s board of trustees.

“It’s an honor, ob­vi­ously, to be in­cluded on this, and I’m priv­i­leged to be in­volved in the high­est lev­els of health­care dur­ing an in­ter­est­ing time,” he says.

Other politi­cians new to the list in­clude Speaker of the House John Boehner (ROhio) at No. 21 and Florida Gov. Rick Scott, the for­mer chair­man and CEO of Columbia/HCA, who fin­ished at No. 49.

Dr. John Nose­wor­thy, who took over as pres­i­dent and CEO of the Mayo Clinic in Novem­ber 2009, made the list for the first time and fin­ished at No. 71. Other hos­pi­tal and sys­tem ex­ec­u­tives who have held their posts for a num­ber of years but made the list for the first time af­ter as­sum­ing lead­er­ship roles in prom­i­nent as­so­ci­a­tions in­clude Teri Fon­tenot, pres­i­dent and CEO of Woman’s Hos­pi­tal in Ba­ton Rouge, La.; and Ru­lon Stacey, pres­i­dent and CEO of the Poudre Val­ley Health Sys­tem in Fort Collins, Colo.

Fon­tenot, chair-elect of the Amer­i­can Hos­pi­tal As­so­ci­a­tion, fin­ished at No. 79. Stacey, who is board chair­man of the Amer­i­can Col­lege of Health­care Ex­ec­u­tives, comes in at No. 88.

“I’ve al­ways looked at this list in the past,” Fon­tenot says. “To be in­cluded in that com­pany is re­ally nice for me.”

—Andis Robeznieks

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