Mod­ern Health­care is proud to rec­og­nize and cel­e­brate the 2012 Top 25 Mi­nor­ity Ex­ec­u­tives in Health­care. Each of th­ese es­teemed hon­orees has demon­strated out­stand­ing lead­er­ship, ded­i­ca­tion and the abil­ity to in­flu­ence pos­i­tive change. We are in­spired by a


Kelvin Baggett Dr. Kelvin Baggett, 40, has served as chief med­i­cal of­fi­cer for Tenet Health­care Corp., Dallas, since 2009. He ear­lier worked as vice pres­i­dent of clin­i­cal strat­egy and chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer for HCA’s clin­i­cal ser­vices group. Among Baggett’s ac­com­plish­ments has been es­tab­lish­ing Tenet’s Clin­i­cal In­no­va­tion Awards, which rec­og­nize sys­tem hos­pi­tals for show­ing progress in im­ple­ment­ing ideas and so­lu­tions to im­prove pa­tient out­comes while stay­ing com­mit­ted to safety, qual­ity and ser­vice. Regina Ben­jamin Dr. Regina Ben­jamin took over at the end of 2009 as U.S. sur­geon gen­eral un­der the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion. Ben­jamin, 55, is the coun­try’s 18th sur­geon gen­eral, and pre­vi­ously served as as­so­ciate dean for ru­ral health at the Univer­sity of South Alabama Col­lege of Medicine. The Amer­i­can Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion ap­pointed her in 1995 as its first African-Amer­i­can fe­male board mem­ber, as well as the first doc­tor younger than 40 on the board. Her nu­mer­ous awards in­clude the Nel­son Man­dela Award for Health and Hu­man Rights from the Kaiser Fam­ily Foun­da­tion. Tanya Black­mon Three years ago, Tanya Black­mon be­gan her ten­ure as pres­i­dent of 60-bed Pres­by­te­rian Hos­pi­tal Huntersville (N.C.), where she over­sees more than 600 em­ploy­ees. Black­mon, 52, started in 1992 with the Pres­by­te­rian fam­ily of hos­pi­tals as direc­tor of in­pa­tient plan­ning and even­tu­ally be­came direc­tor of clin­i­cal im­prove­ment and com­mu­nity-care ser­vices. Be­fore tak­ing the helm at the Huntersville hos­pi­tal, she served as chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer of Pres­by­te­rian Or­thopaedic Hos­pi­tal in Char­lotte, N.C., since 2004. John Blu­ford Since 1999, John Blu­ford has served as pres­i­dent and CEO of Tru­man Med­i­cal Cen­ters, Kansas City, Mo. Blu­ford, 62, has more than 30 years in the health­care field, in­clud­ing six years as CEO at Hen­nepin County Med­i­cal Cen­ter, Min­neapo­lis. He served as board chair­man of the Amer­i­can Hos­pi­tal As­so­ci­a­tion in 2011 and chair­man of the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Pub­lic Hos­pi­tals and Health Sys­tems in 2008. He ap­peared on the Top 25 Mi­nor­ity Ex­ec­u­tives in Health­care list in 2006 and again in 2010. Ben­jamin Chu Dr. Ben­jamin Chu, 60, has been group pres­i­dent of Kaiser Foun­da­tion Hos­pi­tals and Health Plan’s Southern Cal­i­for­nia and Hawaii re­gions since 2005. His ca­reer in­cludes a stint as se­nior vice pres­i­dent for med­i­cal pro­fes­sional af­fairs for the New York City Health and Hos­pi­tals Corp. Pre­vi­ously, Chu was se­nior as­so­ciate dean at the Columbia Univer­sity Col­lege of Physi­cians and Sur­geons for the Har­lem Hos­pi­tal Af­fil­i­a­tion in New York. He’s cur­rently chair­man-elect of the Amer­i­can Hos­pi­tal As­so­ci­a­tion’s board of trustees. Lloyd Dean While Dig­nity Health, San Fran­cisco, changed names this year from Catholic Health­care West and cut of­fi­cial ties to the Ro­man Catholic Church, Lloyd Dean, the com­pany’s pres­i­dent and CEO, still re­mains a fix­ture on Mod­ern Health­care’s list of the Top 25 Mi­nor­ity Ex­ec­u­tives in Health­care. Dean, 61, one of the most in­flu­en­tial health­care ad­min­is­tra­tors in the coun­try, has led Dig­nity since 2001. He also has ap­peared on Mod­ern Health­care’s 100 Most In­flu­en­tial Peo­ple in Health­care rank­ing ev­ery year since 2005. Ralph de la Torre In 2008, Dr. Ralph de le Torre be­came CEO of Ste­ward Health Care Sys­tem in Bos­ton, a for-profit that he also serves as chair­man. De la Torre, 45, also founded the Car­dio­Vas­cu­lar In­sti­tute at Beth Is­rael Dea­coness Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Bos­ton and served as its CEO. Dur­ing that time, he also was chief of car­diac surgery at the hos­pi­tal. He also ap­peared on Mod­ern Health­care’s 50 Most In­flu­en­tial Physi­cian Ex­ec­u­tives in Health­care list in 2010. Jackie DeSouza Jackie DeSouza last Novem­ber was named CEO of Lee’s Sum­mit (Mo.) Med­i­cal Cen­ter, owned by Nashville-based HCA. But she’s no new­comer to HCA. DeSouza, 37, has been work­ing at the chain since 2000, when she be­gan as an ad­min­is­tra­tive res­i­dent at Med­i­cal Cen­ter of Aurora (Colo.). Most re­cently, start­ing in 2006, she was chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer at HCA’s Re­search Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Kansas City, Mo. Only months on the job at Lee’s Sum­mit, she’s be­gun some in­no­va­tions at the hos­pi­tal, in­clud­ing the start of town-hall style meet­ings for em­ploy­ees to share ideas.

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