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The Top Women Leaders Healthcare — 2022

By | February 21 st,  2022 | women executives, Modern Healthcare, women leaders, Blog, diversity, women, MHWomen, Top Women Leaders, Top Women Leaders in Healthcare, WLIH | Add A Comment


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Furst Group and NuBrick Partners are proud to sponsor and support the Top Women Leaders in Healthcare, the awards program created by Modern Healthcare. This is our 14th year of sponsoring the program, which culminates in an awards gala that will be hosted at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chicago, IL on July 14, 2022.


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2022 Top Women Leaders in Healthcare 



Odette Bolano,

President and Chief Executive Officer, Saint Alphonsus Health System



Roz Brewer,

Chief Executive Officer, Walgreens Boots Alliance



Maxine Carrington,

Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Northwell Health



Suja Chandrasekaran,

Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Information and Digital Officer, CommonSpirit Health

Dr. Amy Compton-Phillips


Dr. Amy Compton-Phillips,

President of Clinical Care Operations, Providence




Carladenise Edwards,

Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Henry Ford Health System





Dr. Laura Forese,

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, NewYork-Presbyterian



Tina Freese Decker,

President and Chief Executive Officer, Spectrum Health




Audrey Gregory,

President and Chief Executive Officer, AdventHealth, Central Florida Division-North Region




Diane Hansen,

President and Chief Executive Officer, Palomar Health




Catherine Jacobson,

President and Chief Executive Officer, Froedtert Health



Laura Kaiser,

President and Chief Executive Officer, SSM Health



Kim Keck,

President and Chief Executive Officer, Blue Cross & Blue Shield Association



Cheryl Lulias,

President and Chief Executive Officer, Medical Home Network





Dr. Tammy Lundstrom,

Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Trinity Health



Rosanna Morris,

Chief Operating Officer, MD Anderson Cancer Center




Sammie Mosier,

Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, HCA Healthcare



Dr. Janice Nevin,

President and Chief Executive Officer, ChristianaCare Health System
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Dr. Cheryl Pegus,

Executive Vice President of Health & Wellness, Walmart



Mary Pittman,

President and Chief Executive Officer, Public Health Institute



Deborah Rice-Johnson,

Chief Executive Officer of Diversified Businesses and Chief Growth Officer, Highmark Health




Melinda Richter,

Global Head, JLABS, Johnson & Johnson Innovation, Johnson & Johnson




Kara Trott,

Founder and former Chief Executive Officer, Quantum Health



Deborah Visconi,

President and Chief Executive Officer, Bergen New Bridge Medical Center



Phoebe Yang,

General Manager of Healthcare, Amazon Web Services

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2021 Luminaries 




Cynthia Hundorfean,

President and Chief Executive Officer, Allegheny Health Network



Janet Liang,

Executive Vice President, Group President and Chief Operating Officer, Care Delivery, Kaiser Permanente



Candice Saunders,

President and Chief Executive Officer, WellStar Health System



Dr. Susan Turney,

President and Chief Executive Officer, Marshfield Clinic Health System



Ruth Williams-Brinkley,

President, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States



2021 Women Leaders to Watch 

In addition, here are the 10 executives chosen as Women Leaders to Watch:




Lymaris Albors,

Chief Executive Officer, Acacia Network



Nancy Batista-Rodriguez,

Chief Executive Officer of Baptist Outpatient Services, Baptist Health South Florida



Stacia Cohen,

Executive Vice President of Health Services, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield



Karen Fisher,

Chief Public Policy Officer, Association of American Medical Colleges

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Deborah Gordon,

Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Legal Officer, Memorial Hermann Health System



Kelly Nierstedt,

Senior Vice President, Orlando Health

President, Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies



Wylecia Wiggs Harris,

Chief Executive Officer, American Health Information Management Association



Sylvia Young,

President and Chief Executive Officer, HealthONE, HCA Healthcare's Continental Division



Dr. YiDing Yu,

Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Olive



Caitlin Zulla,

Chief Executive Officer, Surgical Care Affiliates

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From Brigham and Women’s to the NFL, Elizabeth Nabel looks to make an impact

By | August 26 th,  2015 | risk, cardiologist, heart disease, Modern Healthcare, NFL, NHLBI, president, Red Dress Heart Truth, Blog, intellectual humility, value-based care, women, academic medical centers, Brigham and Women's Health Care, Elizabeth Nabel, Top 25 Women in Healthcare | Add A Comment





One in a series of interviews with Modern Healthcare's Top 25 Women in Healthcare for 2015.


Elizabeth Nabel already was one of the nation’s premier cardiologists and researchers before she began leading the respected Brigham and Women’s Health Care system in Boston as president in 2010.


Yet even with such an impeccable pedigree, she has never been shy about taking risks. She took on a very visible role earlier this year as the first-ever chief health and medical advisor to the NFL. And when she was director of the government’s National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, she worked with commercial industries – even Diet Coke – to spread the message that women were just as susceptible to heart issues as men.


“For me, these positions aren’t about visibility, but about the impact I can make,” Nabel says. “I feel it’s important to be a positive deviant, to have the courage to take risks and stand up for what you believe in, and not be afraid to be different or unpopular to get something done.”


While the NFL recently has had its share of controversy, she sees her role as an opportunity to make sports safer for people far beyond the professional level.


“The NFL has the opportunity to innovate in a way that will impact the health and safety of all athletes of all kinds, at all levels. I see this partnership as a great way to apply the knowledge acquired through the efforts of the NFL to the greater population of professional, amateur and recreational athletes.”


Before taking on her current position at Brigham and Women’s, Nabel served as director of the NHLBI from 2005 to 2009. It was there that she sought to drive change by launching the Red Dress Heart Truth campaign that still is going strong today.


The Red Dress, she says, “is a symbol of women and heart disease. Our goal was to raise awareness about heart disease in women to encourage them to take action and improve their heart health.”


Nabel lined up 150 partners, including 50 companies, to spread awareness. That included Diet Coke, which stamped the campaign on its cans and delivered a visibility that the government agency couldn’t have touched on its own.


“The strategy wasn’t without risk, and it earned me some harsh public criticism from detractors who felt it wasn’t the place of government to ally so closely with industry,” she says. “But I firmly believed it was the right thing to do, and looking back I consider these partnerships instrumental to The Heart Truth’s tremendous success.”


Due in part to the campaign, Nabel says heart disease awareness among women has risen to nearly 70 percent, compared to 34 percent just a decade ago.


As a cardiologist, Nabel’s concern for women’s heart health is natural, yet there is a deep-seated connection to an incident early in her career.


“One night, a 32-year-old woman arrived in the emergency room where I worked,” she says. “She described vague symptoms: aches, fatigue, a low-grade fever – nothing terribly specific. I ran some tests, didn’t find anything telling, and sent her home with Tylenol. Two days later she came back with a full-blown heart attack.”


Nabel was stunned – it contradicted her medical education that males were typically the only gender with heart issues.


“I had been trained by the best,” she continues, “and the best had taught me what the best had taught them: Heart disease was a man’s disease, and the primary symptom of heart attacks was chest pain, which my patient did not have. Thank goodness, that woman survived. The experience stayed with me, and I recognized the need to raise awareness about women’s heart health.”


If you called that incident a humbling experience, Nabel might agree – she sees no need for egos where patient care is concerned. In fact, she delivered a fascinating TED talk on the need for intellectual humility. From her vantage point at Brigham and Women’s, she stresses the need for those who work in healthcare to admit what they don’t yet know.


“An essential part of our mission at BWHC is to educate the next generation of healthcare providers,” she says. “Based on my experiences as a physician and researcher, I believe it’s vital for future healthcare providers to understand the importance of challenging the known and putting our ‘knowledge’ to the test.”


Admitting what you don’t know, she says, can actually be the starting point for breakthroughs.


“An oft-shunned word—ignorance—carries great importance when we consider it as the driver of scientific inquiry, and thus, the molder of new knowledge. Yet when myths—such as heart disease as a man’s disease—are widely believed to be facts, ignorance can kill. If we can help the next generation of care providers embrace the idea of humility, it will open the door for a wider range of new discoveries that will ultimately save lives.”


With value-based care becoming the holy grail in healthcare, discovery and innovation are sorely needed, Nabel says. Yet the pressures on academic medical centers are multiplying, from readmission penalties to cuts in NIH funding.


“In the context of healthcare’s new economic reality, innovation is more important than ever,” she says. “The answers to so many of the challenges we face in healthcare are so close – it is incumbent upon us to provide an environment where solutions can be cultivated and future innovations can flourish.”


Nabel hopes the game-changers that are within reach don’t get derailed by outside forces.
“We must help the policymakers and the public understand that investments in biomedical research drive improvements in patient care, which could ultimately reduce cost.”



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