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Swedish Health Ser­vices

Ar­mada, 54, has been CEO of Seat­tle-based Swedish Health since last Novem­ber. He joined the not-for-profit sys­tem from Ad­vo­cate Lutheran Gen­eral Hospi­tal in Park Ridge, Ill., where he served as pres­i­dent of the 624-bed aca­demic and re­search hospi­tal be­gin­ning in 2009. Dur­ing the five pre­ced­ing years, Ar­mada served as pres­i­dent and CEO of the Henry Ford Hospi­tal and Health Net­work in Detroit. A past board chair­man of the In­sti­tute for Di­ver­sity in Health Man­age­ment, Ar­mada ap­peared on Mod­ern Health­care’s list of the Top 25 Mi­nor­ity Ex­ec­u­tives in Health­care in 2008 and again in 2010.


Se­nior vice pres­i­dent of clin­i­cal op­er­a­tions and chief clin­i­cal of­fi­cer Tenet Health­care Corp.

Baggett, 42, first joined Dal­las-based Tenet in Oc­to­ber 2009 as chief med­i­cal of­fi­cer, af­ter serv­ing as vice pres­i­dent of clin­i­cal strat­egy and chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer for HCA’s clin­i­cal ser­vices group. Dur­ing an ear­lier fel­low­ship as a Robert Wood John­son Clin­i­cal Scholar at the Johns Hop­kins Univer­sity School of Medicine, Bal­ti­more, Baggett’s work fo­cused on im­prov­ing safety, qual­ity and ser­vice. At Tenet, he helped es­tab­lish the com­pany’s Clin­i­cal In­no­va­tion Awards, which rec­og­nize sys­tem hos­pi­tals for their com­mit­ment to those three pil­lars of care. It’s Baggett’s sec­ond con­sec­u­tive time on the bi­en­nial Top 25 Mi­nor­ity Ex­ec­u­tives in Health­care ros­ter.


Ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Amer­i­can Pub­lic Health As­so­ci­a­tion

Ben­jamin, 61, has been at the helm of the Amer­i­can Pub­lic Health As­so­ci­a­tion, Wash­ing­ton, since 2002 when he joined the pub­lic health pro­fes­sion­als’ ad­vo­cacy group. Be­fore tak­ing the top job at the APHA, Ben­jamin served as Mary­land’s sec­re­tary of health, where he over­saw ex­pan­sion of the state’s Med­i­caid pro­gram. But as a board-cer­ti­fied in­ter­nal medicine physi­cian, Ben­jamin be­gan his ca­reer in the Army, even­tu­ally serv­ing as chief of emer­gency medicine at Wal­ter Reed Army Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Wash­ing­ton be­fore leav­ing for civil­ian life. Ben­jamin has ap­peared on both Mod­ern Health­care’s list of 100 Most In­flu­en­tial People in Health­care and 50 Most In­flu­en­tial Physi­cian Ex­ec­u­tives for mul­ti­ple years.


Pres­i­dent and CEO Ken­tucky One Health

Brink­ley heads Louisville­based Ken­tuck­yOne Health, a sys­tem that is the prod­uct of the 2012 merger of Jewish Hospi­tal & St. Mary’s Health­Care and St. Joseph Health Sys­tem. She also serves as se­nior vice pres­i­dent of op­er­a­tions at Catholic Health Ini­tia­tives. When Brink­ley, 62, was last named to Mod­ern Health­care’s Top 25 Mi­nor­ity Ex­ec­u­tives in Health­care list in 2010, she was serv­ing as pres­i­dent and CEO of Catholic health­care sys­tem Car­don­delet Health Net­work in Tuc­son, Ariz., as well as West Min­istry mar­ket leader for its par­ent, As­cen­sion Health. Brink­ley, who earned both her bach­e­lor’s and mas­ter’s de­grees in nurs­ing, has also held ex­ec­u­tive po­si­tions in Chat­tanooga, Tenn., and Birm­ing­ham, Ala.


Pres­i­dent and CEO Legacy Health

Since 2008, Brown, 66, has led Legacy Health, a five-hospi­tal sys­tem based in Port­land, Ore. Brown also chairs Health Share of Ore­gon, which pro­vides care for 140,000 low­in­come res­i­dents. The or­ga­ni­za­tion is an out­growth of the Tri-County Med­i­caid Col­lab­o­ra­tive, of which Brown was a found­ing mem­ber. Its pur­pose is to serve lo­cal Med­i­caid pa­tients through co­or­di­nated care. Brown is a gas­troen­terol­o­gist who be­gan his med­i­cal ca­reer in the mil­i­tary. In the Army, Brig. Gen. Brown served in com­mand­ing of­fi­cer roles at Madi­gan Army Med­i­cal Cen­ter, Fort Lewis, Wash., and Wal­ter Reed Health Care Sys­tem in Wash­ing­ton be­fore re­tir­ing from ac­tive mil­i­tary ser­vice in 1999.


Pres­i­dent and CEO Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal Los Angeles

Cor­dova, 64, is a mul­ti­ple­time hon­oree in Mod­ern Health­care’s Top 25 Mi­nor­ity Ex­ec­u­tives in Health­care recog­ni­tion pro­gram. He was pre­vi­ously named to the list in 2006, 2008 and 2010. The Amer­i­can Col­lege of Health­care Ex­ec­u­tives, where he has served as a gover­nor since 2011, re­cently named him its chair­man-elect. Be­fore Cor­dova joined Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal in 2005, he spent five years in the South­ern Cal­i­for­nia re­gion of Kaiser Per­ma­nente Health Plan and Hos­pi­tals, which is re­spon­si­ble for 11 hos­pi­tals and a 3 mil­lion-mem­ber health plan. At Kaiser, he first served as chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer and then as pres­i­dent.


Pres­i­dent and CEO Dig­nity Health

Dean, 63, has led 39hos­pi­tal Dig­nity Health, based in San Fran­cisco, since 2000, when the not­for-profit sys­tem was still known as Catholic Health­care West. The name change was part of a longterm growth strat­egy that led to a re­struc­tur­ing of the sys­tem’s gov­ern­ing board that ended its for­mal af­fil­i­a­tion with the Catholic Church in 2012. Be­fore Dean ar­rived, the sys­tem had suf­fered losses of more than $800 mil­lion be­tween 1997 and 2000. He is cred­ited with re­turn­ing the or­ga­ni­za­tion to prof­itabil­ity four years later. Dean has been named to Mod­ern Health­care’s bi­en­nial list of the Top 25 Mi­nor­ity Ex­ec­u­tives all five times.


CEO Kin­dred Health­care

Diaz, 52, has served as CEO of Louisville, Ky.-based Kin­dred since 2004. The post-acute care provider has an­nual rev­enue of about $5 bil­lion with 63,000 em­ploy­ees across 47 states. In 2011, Kin­dred ex­panded through a merger with Re­habCare, which it pur­chased for $900 mil­lion. An ac­count­ing and fi­nance grad­u­ate, Diaz also holds a law de­gree from Ge­orge­town Univer­sity. He continues to serve on the law cen­ter’s board of vis­i­tors to pro­vide coun­sel to the dean. He also es­tab­lished a schol­ar­ship to help stu­dents in fi­nan­cial need and to pro­mote eth­nic di­ver­sity. It’s the fourth time Diaz has been named to the bi­en­nial list of the Top 25 Mi­nor­ity Ex­ec­u­tives in Health­care.


Pres­i­dent and CEO Duke Univer­sity Health Sys­tem; chan­cel­lor of health af­fairs, Duke Univer­sity

In ad­di­tion to his lead­er­ship po­si­tions at Duke, Dzau is also the James B. Duke pro­fes­sor of medicine. In July, Dzau will leave Duke af­ter nearly a decade to be­gin a six-year term as the pres­i­dent of the In­sti­tute of Medicine. He was first elected a mem­ber of the or­ga­ni­za­tion in 1998. Dzau is known for his pi­o­neer­ing work in gene ther­apy for vas­cu­lar dis­ease, re­search that has con­trib­uted to the de­vel­op­ment of car­dio­vas­cu­lar drugs that are now used world­wide to treat high blood pres­sure and con­ges­tive heart fail­ure. It’s Dzau’s first time on the bi­en­nial list of the Top 25 Mi­nor­ity Ex­ec­u­tives in Health­care.


Chair­man and CEO Merck & Co.

Since 2011, Fra­zier has served in the top lead­er­ship role at Whitehouse Sta­tion, N.J.-based drug­maker Merck, which re­ported world­wide sales of $44 bil­lion last year. Fra­zier, 59, first joined the phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal gi­ant in 1992 as vice pres­i­dent, gen­eral coun­sel and sec­re­tary of the As­tra / Merck group. A Har­vard Law School grad­u­ate, Fra­zier was then elected and pro­moted to nu­mer­ous po­si­tions within the com­pany be­fore be­ing named pres­i­dent and fi­nally chair and chief ex­ec­u­tive three years ago. Be­fore join­ing Merck, Fra­zier was a part­ner with a Philadel­phia law firm.


Ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent and chief med­i­cal of­fi­cer United Health­care

In his var­i­ous roles at commercial in­surer Unit­edHealth Group, Ho, 63, is re­spon­si­ble for its qual­ity im­prove­ment, med­i­cal man­age­ment, per­for­mance mea­sure­ment and health­care af­ford­abil­ity pro­grams. As its chief clin­i­cal ex­ec­u­tive, Ho is help­ing the or­ga­ni­za­tion lead the way in ac­count­able care ex­pan­sion. Last year, Unit­edHealth an­nounced it would com­mit $50 bil­lion an­nu­ally to con­tract with doc­tors and hos­pi­tals based on qual­ity and cost­ef­fi­ciency mea­sures. Ho, a fam­ily medicine physi­cian, joined Paci­fiCare of Cal­i­for­nia in 1994 as vice pres­i­dent. Eleven years later, Unit­edHealth Group ac­quired Paci­fiCare Health Sys­tems based in Cy­press, Calif., when Ho was its ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent of health ser­vices and CMO.


Pres­i­dent and CEO Robert Wood John­son Foun­da­tion

Lavizzo-Mourey, 59, has spent the past decade as chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Robert Wood John­son Foun­da­tion, a health pol­icy and health­care-fo­cused phil­an­thropic or­ga­ni­za­tion that dis­trib­utes about $400 mil­lion in grants and con­tracts an­nu­ally to fund re­search and ad­dress health­care chal­lenges. Named to the top lead­er­ship role at RWJF in 2003, Lavizzo-Mourey has more than three decades of re­lated ex­pe­ri­ence that in­clude work as a prac­tic­ing physi­cian, health­care pol­icy leader, pro­fes­sor and not­for-profit ex­ec­u­tive. An in­ternist who spe­cial­ized in geri­atrics, Lavizzo-Mourey last year was also named to Mod­ern Health­care’s bi­en­nial list of the Top 25 Women in Health­care.


Pres­i­dent and CEO Catholic Health Ini­tia­tives

Lofton, 59, has led the Englewood, Colo.-based health sys­tem since 2003. He first joined CHI in 1998 as pres­i­dent of its for­mer South­east Re­gion. The next year, Lofton was pro­moted to chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer and then ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent in 2000. The sys­tem, which now in­cludes 89 hos­pi­tals across 18 states, re­ports an­nual rev­enue of nearly $11 bil­lion, a $4 bil­lion in­crease since Lofton took over. CHI also pro­vides more than twice the com­mu­nity ben­e­fits it did a decade ago, giv­ing $762 mil­lion in char­ity care dur­ing its last fis­cal year. Lofton has ap­peared on all five of Mod­ern Health­care’s bi­en­nial lists of the Top 25 Mi­nor­ity Ex­ec­u­tives in Health­care.


Pres­i­dent and CEO Har­ris Health Sys­tem

Af­ter a year as in­terim pres­i­dent and CEO of the Har­ris County Hospi­tal District, now known as Har­ris Health Sys­tem, Lopez was named to the per­ma­nent ex­ec­u­tive role at the Hous­ton-based or­ga­ni­za­tion in 2005. Lopez, 61, ini­tially joined the three-hospi­tal sys­tem in 2000 as ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent and chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer, af­ter more than 20 years in other health­care ad­min­is­tra­tive and ex­ec­u­tive roles in Texas. He’s also on the board of trustees for the Texas Hospi­tal As­so­ci­a­tion. This is the third time he has been named to Mod­ern Health­care’s bi­en­nial list of the Top 25 Mi­nor­ity Ex­ec­u­tives in Health­care.


Pres­i­dent of health­care op­er­a­tions and chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer As­cen­sion Health

Mary­land was pro­moted last July to pres­i­dent of health­care op­er­a­tions and COO of St. Louis-based As­cen­sion Health, the na­tion’s largest Catholic health sys­tem. At that time, she was serv­ing as Michi­gan Min­istry mar­ket leader for As­cen­sion, as well as pres­i­dent and CEO of As­cen­sion’s St. John Prov­i­dence Health Sys­tem, Detroit. Mary­land, who holds a doc­tor­ate in pub­lic health, continues to serve as min­istry mar­ket leader for Michi­gan, where she launched a statewide home-health and hospice agency in Jan­uary 2013. Un­der her lead­er­ship at St. John, the health sys­tem re­ported strong fi­nan­cials dur­ing one of Michi­gan’s most eco­nom­i­cally chal­leng­ing pe­ri­ods.


Ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent and chief med­i­cal of­fi­cer Joint Com­mis­sion

As ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent and chief med­i­cal of­fi­cer of the Joint Com­mis­sion, Oak­brook Ter­race, Ill., which ac­cred­its and cer­ti­fies more than 20,000 health­care or­ga­ni­za­tions and pro­grams in the U.S., Pu­jols McKee, 62, de­vel­ops and over­sees poli­cies and strate­gies to pro­mote pa­tient safety and health­care qual­ity im­prove­ment. She was named to the role at the not-for-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion in 2011, af­ter serv­ing as CMO and as­so­ciate ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Penn Pres­by­te­rian Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Philadel­phia. Board cer­ti­fied in in­ter­nal medicine, Pu­jols McKee also served as a clin­i­cal as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor of medicine at the Univer­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia School of Medicine.


Pres­i­dent and CEO New York City Health and Hos­pi­tals Corp.

Raju be­gan his health­care ca­reer as a pe­di­atric car­dio­tho­racic sur­geon in New York. But af­ter mov­ing into pub­lic health ad­min­is­tra­tion, his ca­reer brought him to Chicago in 2011, where he served as CEO of the Cook County Health & Hos­pi­tals Sys­tem. He helped the county ob­tain a federal waiver for a pro­gram serv­ing adults newly el­i­gi­ble for Med­i­caid un­der the Af­ford­able Care Act, giv­ing an additional 75,000 res­i­dents ac­cess to pri­mary and spe­cialty care. In March, Raju, 62, re­turned to the New York City Health and Hos­pi­tals Corp. as pres­i­dent and CEO. He was pre­vi­ously its ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent, chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer and chief med­i­cal of­fi­cer.


Chair­man, pres­i­dent and CEO Prime Health­care Ser­vices

In 2001, Reddy, a board­cer­ti­fied in­ternist and car­di­ol­o­gist, founded Prime Health­care Ser­vices, a pri­vately held for-profit com­pany based in On­tario, Calif., that now op­er­ates 20 acute-care hos­pi­tals in Cal­i­for­nia, Ne­vada, Penn­syl­va­nia and Texas. The sys­tem spe­cial­izes in ac­quir­ing and turn­ing around fi­nan­cially dis­tressed hos­pi­tals. In 1994, Reddy built Desert Val­ley Hospi­tal in Victorville, Calif., an 83-bed fa­cil­ity he later sold and then reac­quired that be­came one of Prime’s first hos­pi­tals. Reddy, 65, com­mits time, money and other re­sources to char­ity care na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally through the Prime Health­care Ser­vices Foun­da­tion and the Dr. Prem Reddy Fam­ily Foun­da­tion.


Act­ing di­rec­tor U.S. In­dian Health Ser­vice

Roubideaux, 51, a mem­ber of the Rose­bud Sioux tribe in South Dakota, is in her sec­ond four-year term leading the In­dian Health Ser­vice. The agency is the prin­ci­pal federal health­care provider and ad­vo­cate for 2.2 mil­lion Amer­i­can In­di­ans and Alaska Na­tives across 566 tribes. Roubideaux, a pri­mary-care physi­cian, for­merly served as as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor of fam­ily and com­mu­nity medicine at the Univer­sity of Ari­zona Col­lege of Medicine. In ad­di­tion to leading ini­tia­tives to ad­dress di­a­betes and other health is­sues in the Amer­i­canIn­dian and Alaska Na­tive com­mu­ni­ties, she also has di­rected univer­sity pro­grams to at­tract these pop­u­la­tions into the health pro­fes­sions.


Sec­re­tary U.S. Vet­er­ans Af­fairs Depart­ment

Shin­seki, a re­tired four-star U.S. Army gen­eral, was sworn in as the sev­enth sec­re­tary of the Vet­er­ans Af­fairs Depart­ment in Jan­uary 2009. The VA op­er­ates the coun­try’s largest in­te­grated health­care sys­tem of 135 hos­pi­tals as well as hun­dreds of clin­ics, com­mu­nity liv­ing cen­ters, coun­sel­ing cen­ters and other fa­cil­i­ties that serve nearly 9 mil­lion vet­er­ans each year. Be­fore re­tir­ing from ac­tive duty in 2003, Shin­seki served as the Army’s chief of staff, leading the mil­i­tary branch dur­ing Op­er­a­tions En­dur­ing Free­dom and Iraqi Free­dom fol­low­ing the Sept. 11 at­tacks.


Pres­i­dent and CEO Amer­ica’s Es­sen­tial Hos­pi­tals

Since 2010, Siegel has served as pres­i­dent and CEO of Amer­ica’s Es­sen­tial Hos­pi­tals, Wash­ing­ton, for­merly the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Pub­lic Hos­pi­tals and Health Sys­tems. The or­ga­ni­za­tion rep­re­sents more than 200 hos­pi­tals and health sys­tems that pro­vide sig­nif­i­cant lev­els of care to low-in­come, unin­sured and vul­ner­a­ble pop­u­la­tions. Siegel, 53, pre­vi­ously served as di­rec­tor of the Cen­ter for Health Care Qual­ity and pro­fes­sor of health pol­icy at Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton Univer­sity’s School of Pub­lic Health and Health Ser­vices. This is the first time Siegel has been selected for Mod­ern Health­care’s bi­en­nial Top 25 Mi­nor­ity Ex­ec­u­tives in Health­care recog­ni­tion.


Chair­man Chan Soon-Shiong Fam­ily Foun­da­tion

Soon-Shiong, a sur­geon, med­i­cal re­searcher and en­tre­pre­neur, is founder and chair­man of the Chan Soon-Shiong Fam­ily Foun­da­tion, which funds health-re­lated re­search and projects. He also serves as chair­man and CEO of the foun­da­tion’s In­sti­tute for Ad­vanced Health and the Health­care Trans­for­ma­tion In­sti­tute. Soon-Shiong founded the Na­tional Coali­tion for Health In­te­gra­tion to cre­ate a na­tional health net­work for se­curely shar­ing bio­med­i­cal in­for­ma­tion, as well as Nan­tHealth, the de­vel­oper of a cloud-based clin­i­cal op­er­at­ing sys­tem. Born in South Africa, Soon-Shiong im­mi­grated to Canada and then to the U.S. in 1980. He is the co-in­ven­tor of more than 50 U.S. patents and in­ven­tor of a drug to treat metastatic breast cancer.


Chair­man and CEO Kaiser Per­ma­nente

Tyson, 55, was named CEO of Oak­land, Calif.-based Kaiser Per­ma­nente in July 2013. Six months later, in Jan­uary, he also as­sumed the role of chair­man at the health­care provider and its not-for-profit health plan. From 2010 to 2013, as pres­i­dent and COO, Tyson over­saw the open­ing of 14 hos­pi­tals. Kaiser now in­cludes 32 hos­pi­tals, 9.1 mil­lion health plan mem­bers, 175,000 em­ploy­ees and 17,000 physi­cians. As Kaiser’s chief ex­ec­u­tive, Tyson has ad­vo­cated for the use of ag­gre­gated data from mem­bers’ elec­tronic health records to help elim­i­nate health­care dis­par­i­ties, while de­ter­min­ing the most ef­fec­tive treat­ments for the best clin­i­cal out­comes. Tyson first joined Kaiser in 1981 as an ad­min­is­tra­tive an­a­lyst.


Chief med­i­cal of­fi­cer Com­puter Sci­ences Corp.

Since 2007, Wah has served as vice pres­i­dent and CMO at health­care in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy com­pany Com­puter Sci­ences Corp. in Falls Church, Va. This June, he will be­come pres­i­dent of the Amer­i­can Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion. Be­fore join­ing CSC, he was the first deputy na­tional co­or­di­na­tor in the HHS’ Of­fice of the Na­tional Co­or­di­na­tor for Health In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy. Wah, 56, is a re­pro­duc­tive en­docri­nol­o­gist and OB-GYN. He has served on the fac­ulty at Har­vard Med­i­cal School, Bos­ton; the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, San Diego; and the Uni­formed Ser­vices Univer­sity of the Health Sci­ences, Bethesda, Md. Af­ter serv­ing 23 years as a cap­tain in the U.S. Navy Med­i­cal Corps, Wah now prac­tices and teaches at the Wal­ter Reed Na­tional Mil­i­tary Cen­ter in Bethesda.


Ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent and chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Christus Health

Woods, 49, has been ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent and chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer for Irv­ing, Texas-based Christus for nearly three years. Woods joined 16-hospi­tal Christus from Catholic Health Ini­tia­tives’ Lex­ing­ton, Ky.-based re­gional or­ga­ni­za­tion, St. Joseph Health Sys­tem. He be­came CEO of St. Joseph in 2007 af­ter leading the in­te­gra­tion of seven Ken­tucky hos­pi­tals into the re­gional group. This group in­cluded the four hos­pi­tals that had been a part of CHI’s St. Joseph Health­Care, also in Lex­ing­ton, where Woods had served as pres­i­dent and CEO since 2005. Be­fore join­ing CHI, Woods was COO at the Wash­ing­ton (D.C.) Hospi­tal Cen­ter, a teach­ing hospi­tal with nearly 800 beds.

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