TOP 25 WOMEN IN HEALTH­CARE

Modern Healthcare - - TOP 25 WOMEN IN HEALTHCARE 2017 -

Marna Borgstrom YALE NEW HAVEN HEALTH SYS­TEM, NEW HAVEN, CT

Borgstrom be­gan her ca­reer in health­care ad­min­is­tra­tion af­ter com­plet­ing a mas­ter’s de­gree in pub­lic health from Yale in 1979. She has been em­ployed by Yale New Haven Health for her en­tire pro­fes­sional ca­reer, which now spans nearly 40 years. Af­ter be­gin­ning her em­ploy­ment with a post-grad­u­ate fel­low­ship, she held a va­ri­ety of man­age­ment roles dur­ing her ten­ure at the sys­tem be­fore be­ing pro­moted to chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer in 1994. She be­came pres­i­dent and CEO in 2005. Along the way, she has served on nu­mer­ous na­tional boards and has over­seen ex­pan­sion of Yale New Haven, in­clud­ing deals that have added sec­u­lar and re­li­gious fa­cil­i­ties into the fold. The sys­tem now has an­nual rev­enue of roughly $2 bil­lion and em­ploys more than 13,000.

Mary Brain­erd HEALTHPART­NERS MIN­NE­AP­O­LIS, MN

Brain­erd has been pres­i­dent and CEO of HealthPart­ners since 2002, but first joined the or­ga­ni­za­tion in 1992. Dur­ing her ten­ure, the sys­tem has ex­pe­ri­enced sub­stan­tial growth, specif­i­cally through the 2014 merger with Park Ni­col­let Health Ser­vices. That deal ex­panded HealthPart­ners to seven hos­pi­tals and more than 50 clin­ics in Min­nesota and Wis­con­sin, em­ploy­ing more than 22,000 peo­ple. The sys­tem’s fa­cil­i­ties have also con­tin­ued to grow. Re­gions Hos­pi­tal in St. Paul, Minn., for ex­am­ple, added new fa­cil­i­ties to fo­cus on breast health and men­tal health. HealthPart­ners is one of the largest con­sumer-gov­erned not-for-profit health­care or­ga­ni­za­tions in the na­tion, in­sur­ing and pro­vid­ing health and den­tal care to 1.4 mil­lion peo­ple.

Deb­o­rah Bowen AMER­I­CAN COL­LEGE OF HEALTH­CARE EX­EC­U­TIVES CHICAGO, IL

Bowen has been pres­i­dent and CEO of the Amer­i­can Col­lege of Health­care Ex­ec­u­tives since 2013. The ACHE is an in­ter­na­tional pro­fes­sional as­so­ci­a­tion with more than 40,000 mem­bers who lead health­care or­ga­ni­za­tions of all sizes, from the small­est com­mu­nity hos­pi­tals to the top mul­ti­state in­te­grated health sys­tems. Af­ter join­ing the ACHE in 1992 as di­rec­tor of gov­ern­ment re­la­tions, she held other lead­er­ship roles be­fore be­com­ing ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent and chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer in 2003 and then be­ing named to the top job 10 years later. From 2000 to 2003, she served as deputy ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the So­ci­ety of Ac­tu­ar­ies and deputy di­rec­tor of pub­lic af­fairs at the Wis­con­sin Med­i­cal So­ci­ety be­fore re­turn­ing to the ACHE.

Ruth Brink­ley KENTUCKYONE HEALTH LOUISVILLE, KY

Dur­ing her five years as pres­i­dent and CEO of KentuckyOne Health, Brink­ley has amassed an im­pres­sive re­sume of achieve­ments. She is cred­ited with the suc­cess­ful roll­out of KentuckyOne, formed through the 2012 merger of Louisville, Ky.-based Jewish Hos­pi­tal & St. Mary’s Health­Care and Lex­ing­ton, Ky.-based St. Joseph’s Health Sys­tem. She also bro­kered a joint op­er­at­ing agree­ment that year, which brought Uni­ver­sity of Louisville fa­cil­i­ties on­board as af­fil­i­ates of KentuckyOne. The or­ga­ni­za­tions agreed last year to end the agree­ment but will con­tinue aca­demic ties. Brink­ley also has long been a cham­pion of us­ing tech­nol­ogy to im­prove op­er­a­tions and ex­pand ser­vices, in­clud­ing telemedicine and elec­tronic health records.

De­bra Ca­faro VENTAS CHICAGO, IL

Ca­faro has served since 1999 as CEO of Ventas, one of the na­tion’s largest health­care real es­tate in­vest­ment trusts, and as board chair since 2003. When she joined Ventas, Ca­faro had plenty of ex­pe­ri­ence in real es­tate and cor­po­rate fi­nance, but none in health­care. The com­pany was strug­gling, with a mar­ket cap­i­tal­iza­tion of about $200 mil­lion. She is largely cred­ited with turn­ing op­er­a­tions around, in­creas­ing that fig­ure to about $26 bil­lion last year. Be­fore join­ing Ventas, Ca­faro was pres­i­dent and a board mem­ber of an­other REIT, Am­bas­sador Apart­ments. She also was a prac­tic­ing at­tor­ney for 13 years and a ju­di­cial clerk in the 4th U.S. Cir­cuit Court of Ap­peals.

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