Modern Healthcare names 'Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare'

Magazine's senior editors chose honorees from 144 nominees

The Daily Briefing accidentally omitted Reed Tuckson and Michael Ugwueke in originally summarizing this story. The Briefing regrets the error.

Modern Healthcare this month released its biennial list of the "Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare," which recognizes executives for their contributions to the industry and service as a role model to other minority health care leaders.

For the list, Modern Healthcare and the Furst Group reviewed health care executives considered minorities by the U.S. Census Bureau. The magazine's senior editors selected the top 25 minority executives from 144 nominees based on the following criteria:

  • Successfully serving an organization or company as a leader or manager;
  • Demonstrating the ability to effect change within the health industry;
  • Showing a willingness to share knowledge with other health care leaders;
  • Serving as a role model to other minority executives in health care; and
  • Assuming a leadership role in health care beyond the candidate's organization.

Who made the list
Modern Healthcare's Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare in 2012—in alphabetical order—are:

  • Kelvin Baggett, CMO at Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare;
  • Regina Benjamin, U.S. surgeon general and the first African-American woman to serve on the American Medical Association's board of directors;
  • Tanya Blackmon, president of Presbyterian Hospital Huntersville in North Carolina;
  • John Bluford, president and CEO of Kansas City, Mo.-based Truman Medical Centers and former chair of the American Hospital Association board of directors;
  • Benjamin Chu, chair-elect of the American Hospital Association's board of trustees and group president of the Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plan's Southern California and Hawaii regions (previous Daily Briefing coverage of Chu);
  • Lloyd Dean, president and CEO of the newly named San Francisco-based Dignity Health;
  • Ralph de la Torre, CEO and chair of Boston-based Steward Health Care System (previous Briefing coverage of de la Torre);
  • Jackie DeSouza, CEO of Lee's Summit Medical Center in Lee's Summit, Mo.;
  • Paul Diaz, CEO of Louisville, Ky.-based Kindred Healthcare;
  • Saad Ehtisham, CEO of University Medical Center in Lebanon, Tenn.;
  • Cleaster Ewing, chief compliance officer of Birmingham, Ala.-based HealthSouth Corp.;
  • Atul Gawande, associate professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School in Boston, writer for the New Yorker, and former senior health policy adviser to President Bill Clinton (previous Briefing coverage of Gawande);
  • Albert Gutierrez, president and CEO of Mishawaka, Ind.-based St. Joseph Regional Medical Center;
  • Howard Koh, assistant secretary for health at HHS and former director of public health practice at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston;
  • Wright Lassiter III, CEO of Alameda County Medical Center in Oakland, Calif.;
  • Kevin Lofton, president and CEO of Englewood, Colo.-based Catholic Health Initiatives;
  • Geeta Nayyar, CMO of AT&T ForHealth in Miami;
  • Todd Park, CTO for the federal government and former CTO of HHS (previous Briefing coverage of Park);
  • Ram Raju, CEO of the Cook County Health & Hospitals System in Chicago (previous Briefing coverage of Raju);
  • Samuel Ross, CEO of Bon Secours Health System's Baltimore division;
  • Richard Shinto, president and CEO of Fort Lee, N.J.-based Aveta, a managed care provider;
  • Reed Tuckson, executive vice president and chief of medical affairs at United Health Group in Minnesota;
  • Michael Ugwueke, senior vice president and CEO of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare in Memphis;
  • J. Alex Valdez, president and CEO of Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe, N.M., and former Cabinet secretary for the New Mexico Department of Health; and
  • Kimberlydawn Wisdom, senior vice president of community health and equity and chief wellness officer of Detroit-based Henry Ford Health System.

(Selvam, Modern Healthcare, 4/7 [subscription required]; Modern Healthcare, 4/7 [subscription required]).

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