TOP 25 WOMEN IN HEALTHCARE
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.