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March 9, 2022

Modern Healthcare's 'Top Women Leaders in Healthcare' for 2022

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    Modern Healthcare last month released its 2022 list of the "Top Women Leaders in Healthcare," honoring female executives from all sectors of the industry who are developing policy, leading change, and improving health care delivery across the country.

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    About the list

    To create the list, Modern Healthcare accepted nominations for women who are in health care leadership roles across the country. To be eligible, the nominees must:

    • Currently serve as an SVP or higher in their organization
    • Work at a physician organization, hospital, insurer, home health organization, government, research organization, vendor, or supplier organization
    • Promote gender equity in the C-suite
    • Serve as a mentor for the next generation of leaders
    • Demonstrate significant achievements in helping their organizations exceed strategic, financial, and clinical goals

    In addition to Modern Healthcare's "Top 25 Women in Healthcare" list, nominees were also considered for two other categories: "Luminaries" and "Women to Watch." These additional lists allowed the publication to "honor additional high-achievers in the field at all stages in their careers holding managerial/executive-level positions."

    A panel of judges and top editors at Modern Healthcare ultimately selected who to include in the lists.

    Who made the list

    The women who made Modern Healthcare's "Top 25 Women in Healthcare" list for 2022—in alphabetical order by last name—are:

    • Odette Bolano, president and CEO of Saint Alphonsus Health System
    • Rosalind "Roz" Brewer, CEO of Walgreens Boots Alliance
    • Maxine Carrington, SVP and chief human resources officer at Northwell Health
    • Sujatha "Suja" Chandrasekaran, senior executive vice president and chief information and digital officer at CommonSpirit Health
    • Amy Compton-Phillips, president of clinical care operations at Providence
    • Carladenise Edwards, EVP and chief strategy officer at Henry Ford Health System
    • Laura Forese, EVP and COO at New York-Presbyterian
    • Tina Freese Decker, president and CEO of Spectrum Health
    • Audrey Gregory, president and CEO of Advent Health, Central Florida Division-North Region
    • Diane Hansen, president and CEO of Palomar Health
    • Catherine Jacobsen, president and CEO of Froedtert Health
    • Laura Kaiser, president and CEO of SSM Health
    • Kim Keck, president and CEO of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association
    • Cheryl Lulias, president and CEO of Medical Home Network
    • Tammy Lundstrom, SVP and CMO of Trinity Health
    • Rosanna Morris, COO of MD Anderson Cancer Center
    • Sammie Mosier, SVP and chief nursing officer at HCA Healthcare
    • Janice Nevin, president and CEO of ChristianaCare Health System
    • Cheryl Pegus, EVP of health and wellness at Walmart
    • Mary Pittman, president and CEO of the Public Health Institute
    • Deborah Rice-Johnson, CEO of diversified businesses and chief growth officer at Highmark Health
    • Melinda Richter, global head of Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS at Johnson & Johnson
    • Kara Trott, founder and former CEO of Quantum Health
    • Deborah Visconi, president and CEO of Bergen New Bridge Medical Center
    • Phoebe Yang, general manager of health care at Amazon Web Services

    The women who made Modern Healthcare's "Luminaries" list for 2022—in alphabetical order by last name—are:

    • Cynthia Hundorfean, president and CEO of Allegheny Health Network
    • Janet Liang, EVP, group president, and COO, care delivery at Kaiser Permanente
    • Candice Saunders, president and CEO of WellStar Health System
    • Susan Turney, president and CEO of Marshfield Clinic Health System
    • Ruth Williams-Brinkley, president of the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States

    The women who made Modern Healthcare's "Women to Watch" list for 2022—in alphabetical order by last name—are:

    • Lymaris Albors, CEO of Acacia Network
    • Nancy Batista-Rodriguez, CEO for Baptist outpatient services at Baptist Health South Florida
    • Stacia Cohen, EVP of health services at CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
    • Karen Fisher, chief public policy officer at the Association of American Medical Colleges
    • Deborah Gordon, EVP, chief administrative officer, and chief legal officer at Memorial Hermann Health System
    • Kelly Nierstedt, SVP of Orlando Health and president of Orlando Health Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies
    • Wylecia Wiggs Harris, CEO of the American Health Information Management Association
    • Sylvia Young, president and CEO of HCA Healthcare's Continental Division
    • YiDing Yu, EVP and CMO of Olive
    • Caitlin Zulla, CEO of Surgical Care Affiliates

    (Modern Healthcare's "Top Women Leaders in Healthcare" list, accessed 3/8; Modern Healthcare's "Top Women Leaders in Healthcare" methodology, accessed 3/8)

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