TOP 25 WOMEN IN HEALTHCARE
Dr. Tejal Gandhi NATIONAL PATIENT SAFETY FOUNDATION BOSTON, MA
Gandhi has been president and CEO of the National Patient Safety Foundation since 2013. A prominent advocate for quality improvement in healthcare delivery, her research interests focus on establishing patient-safety programs and using information technology to reduce medical errors. Gandhi was formerly executive director of quality and safety at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and chief quality and safety officer at the hospital’s parent, Partners HealthCare System. In each of those roles, she led efforts to standardize and implement patient safety best practices across the organization. Board-certified in internal medicine, Gandhi also holds an appointment as associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.
Laura Kaiser SSM HEALTH ST. LOUIS, MO
Kaiser becomes CEO of SSM on May 1. The system, which has more than 8,500 physicians on staff, includes 20 hospitals and 62 outpatient-care sites, as well as an insurance company and a pharmacy benefit management company. Kaiser joins SSM from Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Healthcare, where she has been the executive vice president and chief operating officer for the past five years. In her role at Intermountain, Kaiser has been responsible for operations at 22 hospitals, a medical group with more than 200 clinics, 1,400 physicians and the Institute for Healthcare Leadership. Before that she spent 15 years with Ascension Health, including as president and CEO of Sacred Heart Health System, a subsidiary in northwest Florida.