TOP 25 WOMEN IN HEALTH­CARE

Modern Healthcare - - TOP 25 WOMEN IN HEALTHCARE 2017 -

Pa­tri­cia Mary­land AS­CEN­SION HEALTH­CARE ST. LOUIS, MO

Mary­land was named the CEO of As­cen­sion Health­care in Jan­uary 2017 af­ter serv­ing as pres­i­dent and chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer for more than four years. As in­com­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive of As­cen­sion’s sprawl­ing health­care op­er­a­tions, Mary­land in July will as­sume re­spon­si­bil­ity for more than 141 hos­pi­tals and 2,500 other sites of care span­ning 24 states and Wash­ing­ton, D.C. Be­fore join­ing As­cen­sion, Mary­land held a sev­eral ex­ec­u­tive po­si­tions, in­clud­ing pres­i­dent and CEO of St. John Prov­i­dence Health Sys­tem in War­ren, Mich., ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent and COO at North Oak­land Med­i­cal Cen­ters in Pon­tiac, Mich., and a num­ber of roles over 15 years at the Cleve­land Clinic.

Paula Steiner HEALTH CARE SER­VICE CORP. CHICAGO, IL

As pres­i­dent and CEO of Health Care Ser­vice Corp., Steiner leads the na­tion’s largest cus­tomerowned health in­surer. The com­pany op­er­ates Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans in Illi­nois, Mon­tana, New Mex­ico, Ok­la­homa and Texas, em­ploy­ing more than 22,000 and cov­er­ing more than 15 mil­lion health plan mem­bers. Steiner has worked at Blues-re­lated com­pa­nies for more than 30 years, be­com­ing HCSC’s pres­i­dent in July 2015 and adding the ti­tle of CEO in Jan­uary 2016. Be­fore tak­ing the helm, Steiner served as HCSC’s ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent and chief strat­egy of­fi­cer. She also man­aged the com­pany’s ex­ter­nal af­fairs, in­clud­ing gov­ern­ment re­la­tions and ad­ver­tis­ing.

Nancy Sch­licht­ing HENRY FORD HEALTH SYS­TEM ( RE­TIRED) DETROIT, MI

Sch­licht­ing re­tired in De­cem­ber as the long­time CEO of Henry Ford Health Sys­tem, but con­tin­ues to play in­flu­en­tial roles on mul­ti­ple in­dus­try boards, in­clud­ing for the Wal­green Boots Al­liance and Duke Uni­ver­sity Health Sys­tem. Sch­licht­ing joined Henry Ford in 1998 as se­nior vice pres­i­dent and chief ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer be­fore be­ing named CEO in 2003. She is largely cred­ited with lead­ing the health sys­tem through a dra­matic fi­nan­cial turn­around in 2001. She was ap­pointed by Pres­i­dent Barack Obama to serve as chair of the Com­mis­sion on Care cre­ated by Congress to ex­am­ine how to turn around health­care de­liv­ery for vet­er­ans. She is also the au­thor of the 2015 book Un­con­ven­tional Lead­er­ship: What Henry Ford and Detroit Taught Me About Rein­ven­tion and Di­ver­sity.

Dr. Lynn Si­mon COM­MU­NITY HEALTH SYS­TEMS FRANKLIN, TN

Si­mon has been pres­i­dent of clin­i­cal ser­vices and chief qual­ity of­fi­cer at Com­mu­nity Health Sys­tems since 2014. She pre­vi­ously served as the for-profit sys­tem’s se­nior vice pres­i­dent for four years. In her cur­rent role, she over­sees all clin­i­cal op­er­a­tions, in­clud­ing qual­ity and safety, ser­vice lines, nurs­ing and case man­age­ment. She also man­ages med­i­cal staff re­la­tions, clin­i­cal in­te­gra­tion, telemedicine ini­tia­tives and med­i­cal in­for­mat­ics. Be­fore join­ing CHS in 2010, she was vice pres­i­dent of med­i­cal af­fairs at Jewish Hos­pi­tal in Louisville, Ky., and then se­nior vice pres­i­dent and chief med­i­cal of­fi­cer at Jewish Hos­pi­tal & St. Mary’s Health­Care af­ter a merger. She was a full-time prac­tic­ing neu­rol­o­gist from 1989 to 2005.

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