Mod­ern Health­care is proud to rec­og­nize and cel­e­brate the 2014 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 and grate­ful for their vi­sion and im­pact on the evo­lu­tion of health­care.



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. 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 2010.


Se­nior VP, 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. 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. Prior to APHA, Ben­jamin served as Mary­land’s sec­re­tary of health, where he over­saw ex­pan­sion of the state’s Med­i­caid pro­gram. 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. Ben­jamin has ap­peared on both Mod­ern Health­care’s lists of 100 Most In­flu­en­tial People in Health­care and 50 Most In­flu­en­tial Physi­cian Ex­ec­u­tives for mul­ti­ple years.


Pres­i­dent and CEO

Ken­tuck­yOne Health

Brink­ley heads Louisville-based 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 pres­i­dent and CEO of Car­don­delet Health Net­work in Tuc­son, Ariz., as well as West Min­istry mar­ket leader for its par­ent, As­cen­sion Health.


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 low-in­come res­i­dents and is an out­growth of 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 where he served in com­mand­ing of­fi­cer roles be­fore re­tir­ing from ac­tive mil­i­tary ser­vice in 1999.


Pres­i­dent and CEO

Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal Los Angeles

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


Pres­i­dent and CEO

Dig­nity Health

Dean, 63, has led San Fran­cisco-based Dig­nity Health since 2000, when it was still known as Catholic Health­care West. The name change was part of a long-term growth strat­egy that led to a re­struc­tur­ing of the sys­tem’s gov­ern­ing board. Be­fore Dean ar­rived, the sys­tem 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 in Health­care all five times.



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 and merged with Re­habCare in 2011, which it pur­chased for $900 mil­lion. An ac­count­ing and fi­nance grad­u­ate, Diaz also holds a law de­gree from Ge­orge­town Univer­sity and has es­tab­lished a schol­ar­ship to help and pro­mote eth­nic di­ver­sity. It’s the fourth time Diaz has been named to the bi­en­nial list of the Top 25 Mi­nor­ity Ex­ec­u­tives in Health­care.



In­sti­tute of Medicine

Dzau be­gan his six-year term as pres­i­dent of the In­sti­tute of Medicine on July 1, 2014. Pre­vi­ously, he served as chan­cel­lor of health af­fairs at Duke Univer­sity, Durham, N.C., and was pres­i­dent and CEO of the univer­sity’s health sys­tem. He also was the James B. Duke pro­fes­sor of medicine. 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 is 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 the Whitehouse Sta­tion, N.J.based drug­maker. 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 elected and pro­moted to nu­mer­ous po­si­tions within the com­pany be­fore be­com­ing pres­i­dent and fi­nally chair and chief ex­ec­u­tive three years ago. Be­fore join­ing Merck, Fra­zier was a part­ner with a Philadel­phia law firm.


Ex­ec­u­tive VP and chief med­i­cal of­fi­cer


In his roles at commercial in­surer Unit­edHealth Group, Ho, 63, 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 cost-ef­fi­ciency mea­sures. Ho, a fam­ily medicine physi­cian, joined Paci­fiCare of Cal­i­for­nia in 1994 as vice pres­i­dent. Eleven years later, Unit­edHealth Group ac­quired Paci­fiCare Health Sys­tems.


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 sys­tem in­cludes 89 hos­pi­tals across 18 states, re­ports an­nual rev­enue of nearly $11 bil­lion, a $4 bil­lion in­crease un­der Lofton’s watch. In the past fis­cal year, CHI also gave $762 mil­lion in char­ity care. 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 COO af­ter more than 20 years in other health­care ad­min­is­tra­tive and ex­ec­u­tive roles. This is the third time he has been named to Mod­ern Health­care’s bi­en­nial list of the Top 25 Mi­nor­ity Ex­ec­u­tives in Health­care.


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. Lavizzo-Mourey has more than three decades of ex­pe­ri­ence in­clud­ing as a prac­tic­ing physi­cian, health­care pol­icy leader, pro­fes­sor and not-for-profit ex­ec­u­tive. Lavizzo-Mourey last year was also named to Mod­ern Health­care’s bi­en­nial list of the Top 25 Women in Health­care.


Pres­i­dent of health­care op­er­a­tions, COO

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, and pres­i­dent and CEO of As­cen­sion’s St. John Prov­i­dence Health Sys­tem, Detroit. Mary­land holds a doc­tor­ate in pub­lic health and continues to serve as min­istry mar­ket leader for Michi­gan.


Ex­ec­u­tive VP and chief med­i­cal of­fi­cer

Joint Com­mis­sion

Pu­jols-McKee be­came ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent and chief med­i­cal of­fi­cer of the Oak­brook Ter­race, Ill. Joint Com­mis­sion in 2011 where she de­vel­ops and over­sees poli­cies and strate­gies to pro­mote pa­tient safety and health­care qual­ity im­prove­ment. Prior to 2011, she served as CMO and as­so­ciate ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Penn Pres­by­te­rian Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Philadel­phia and is board cer­ti­fied in in­ter­nal medicine.


Pres­i­dent and CEO

New York City Health and Hos­pi­tals Corp.

Raju, 62, be­gan his health­care ca­reer as a pe­di­atric car­dio­tho­racic sur­geon in New York. Af­ter mov­ing into pub­lic health ad­min­is­tra­tion, he be­came CEO of the Cook County Health & Hos­pi­tals Sys­tem in 2011. He helped the county ob­tain a federal waiver for adults newly el­i­gi­ble for Med­i­caid un­der the Af­ford­able Care Act, giv­ing an additional 75,000 res­i­dents ac­cess to pri­mary and spe­cialty care. He was re­cently ap­pointed pres­i­dent and CEO of the New York City Health and Hos­pi­tals Corp.

DR. PREM REDDY Chair­man, pres­i­dent and CEO Prime Health­care Ser­vices

In 2001, Reddy, a board-cer­ti­fied in­ternist and car­di­ol­o­gist, founded Prime Health­care Ser­vices, a pri­vately held for-profit com­pany in On­tario, Calif., that op­er­ates 20 acute-care hos­pi­tals in Cal­i­for­nia, Ne­vada, Penn­syl­va­nia and Texas. In 1994, Reddy built Desert Val­ley Hospi­tal in Victorville, Calif., which he sold and then reac­quired to be­come one of Prime’s first hos­pi­tals. Reddy, 65, is com­mit­ted to char­ity 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 prin­ci­pal federal health­care provider and ad­vo­cate for 2.2 mil­lion Amer­i­can In­di­ans and Alaska Na­tives across 566 tribes. Roubideaux, a pri­mary-care physi­cian, leads ini­tia­tives to ad­dress di­a­betes and other health is­sues in the com­mu­ni­ties, and has di­rected univer­sity pro­grams to at­tract these pop­u­la­tions into health pro­fes­sions.


For­mer Sec­re­tary

U.S. Vet­er­ans Af­fairs Depart­ment

Shin­seki, a re­tired four-star U.S. Army gen­eral, served as the sev­enth sec­re­tary of the Vet­er­ans Af­fairs Depart­ment from 2009 to May 2014. The VA op­er­ates the coun­try’s largest in­te­grated health­care sys­tem of 135 hos­pi­tals and hun­dreds of other fa­cil­i­ties serv­ing nearly 9 mil­lion vet­er­ans each year. Be­fore re­tir­ing from ac­tive duty in 2003, Shin­seki served as the Army’s chief of staff dur­ing Op­er­a­tions En­dur­ing Free­dom and Iraqi Free­dom.


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 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.



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 healthre­lated 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.


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 as­sumed the role of chair­man. 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. 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.


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. In June, he be­came pres­i­dent of the Amer­i­can Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion. 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. Wah now prac­tices and teaches at Wal­ter Reed Na­tional Mil­i­tary Cen­ter.


Ex­ec­u­tive VP and COO

Christus Health

Woods, 49, has been ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent and COO for Irv­ing, Texas-based Christus for 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. Be­fore join­ing CHI, Woods was COO at the Wash­ing­ton (D.C.) Hospi­tal Cen­ter, a teach­ing hospi­tal with nearly 800 beds.

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