18 Health System Executives Making a Difference in 2022

Article by | February 25, 2022 HealthTech

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As an agency, we can’t offer “genuine help” to our clients unless we understand their customers. That’s why we pursue a deeper understanding of the healthcare landscape through our research.

In a recent review of 54 health systems of varying sizes, these eighteen individuals stood out. Each has addressed the problems their systems face with innovation, drive, and deep desire to see patients receive the greatest care possible. Some are brand new to their role, some have had roles created for them, and others have held their titles for many years. Nevertheless, these executives have one thing in common: they are pressing their organizations forward.

This list is presented in alphabetical order in an effort to show no bias.

Who would you add to the list? Why? We’d love to hear your suggestions.

Vish Anantramen Chief Technology Officer Mayo Clinic Rochester Minnesota one of the 18 Health System Executives to Watch in 2022 as Noted by Golden Spiral

Vish Anantramen

Chief Technology Officer

Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.

63,000 employees | $14 Billion

An in-demand speaker and thought leader, Anantraman launched his career as a practicing physician then earned a master’s in medical informatics from MIT. As CTO at The Mayo Clinic, he leads the hospital’s technology strategy to drive AI adoption, digital transformation, cloud computing, and more. While at Microsoft, he created NORA, a chatbot extension of Microsoft Teams, to reduce the time it takes to access patient information.

Jessica Beegle Chief Innovation Officer LifePoint Health, one of the 18 Health System Executives to Watch in 2022 as Rated by Golden SpiralJessica Beegle

Chief Innovation Officer

LifePoint Health, Brentwood, Tenn.

3,500 employees | $8.3 Billion

Beegle is part of the 2022 Frist Cressey Ventures Collective, a member of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Agenda Council for Brain Research, Meta-Council on the Future of Health, Future of the Internet Working Group, Global Shapers, and a Davos constituent. Prior to LifePoint, she was instrumental in the launch of hundreds of medical offices under Walgreen Health.

Abel Biri, President CEO AdventHealth one of the 18 Health System Executives to Watch in 2022 as Noted by Golden SpiralAbel Biri

President and CEO

AdventHealth, Altamonte Springs, Fla.

19,000 employees | $12 Billion

Since Biri became CEO in 2017, he has overseen $158-million in expansion projects throughout all of AdventHealth‘s Central Florida operation. Biri was promoted from within having previously served as vice president and chief operating officer. He oversaw the installation of two new catheterization labs in the Heart Center, managed new technology upgrades for the diagnostic imaging department and Cancer Institute, and was instrumental in developing a new land-use plan that will be foundational to the future growth and expansion of the campus.

Damond Boatwright, President CEO Hospital Sisters Health System Springfield Illinois one of the 18 Health System Executives to Watch in 2022 as Noted by Golden SpiralDamond Boatwright

President and CEO

Hospital Sisters Health System, Springfield, Ill.

8,200 employees | $2.3 Billion

Boatwright took the helm at HSHS in June of 2021 after a successful stint as CEO at SSM Health in Wisconsin where he successfully integrated one of the largest independent multispecialty groups in Wisconsin; maintaining top decile patient satisfaction and quality scores. He is both the first man and the first African American to hold the top administrator post.

Odette Bolano President CEO St Alphonsus Health System Boise Idaho one of the 18 Health System Executives to Watch in 2022 as Noted by Golden SpiralOdette Bolano

President and CEO

St. Alphonsus Health System, Boise, Idaho

5,000 employees | $64.4 Million

After earning her BSN at the beginning of her career, Bolano moved into administration and has grown into one of the most effective leaders in America. She serves on many boards, is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, and is a member of the Latino Corporate Directors Association. In the last few weeks, she led a St. Alphonsus team of 750 colleagues in the transition to Epic converting over 140,000 appointments.

Bobbie Byrne Chief Information Officer Advocate Aurora Health Chicago Illinois one of the 18 Health System Executives to Watch in 2022 as Noted by Golden SpiralBobbie Byrne

Chief Information Officer

Advocate Aurora Health System, Chicago, Ill.

9,500 employees | $1.2 Billion

Byrne worked as a pediatrician early in her career before giving in to her fascination with data. Byrne is responsible for information technology, security, infrastructure, clinical informatics, data warehousing, and business intelligence at Advocate Aurora. Previously, she served as the Chief Medical Officer of Edward Elmhurst Health where she was responsible for quality and safety throughout the system.

Suja Chandrasekaran Chief Digital Information Officer CommonSpirit Health Chicago Illinois one of the 18 Health System Executives to Watch in 2022 as Noted by Golden SpiralSuja Chandrasekaran

Chief Digital and Information Officer

CommonSpirit Health, Chicago, Ill.

25,000 employees | $29.6 Billion

Chandrasekaran led disruption in digital marketing, data, and AI over the past decades. Prior to her arrival at CommonSpirit, she has been a business owner with a proven track record of enterprise digital transformation. She has deep past experience in commercial products like Nestle and Timberland. She founded T200 and Women CXOs in Tech, to help women grow in the tech field. She was recently inducted into the CIO hall of fame.

Eduardo Conrado Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer Ascension St Louis Mo one of the 18 Health System Executives to Watch in 2022 as Noted by Golden SpiralEduardo Conrado

Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer

Ascension, St. Louis, Mo.

66,000 employees | $25.3 Billion

Conrado leads two teams for Ascension—strategy and innovation. He spends his days staying ahead of the outmoded consumer experience in healthcare. He has adopted design thinking to transform their business and to create successful programs their customers love.

Paul DePriest Chief Operating Officer Baptist Memorial Health Memphis, Tennessee one of the 18 Health System Executives to Watch in 2022 as Noted by Golden SpiralPaul DePriest

Chief Operating Officer

Baptist Memorial Health, Memphis, Tenn.

4,900 employees | $20 Million

DePriest attended medical school and then practiced in obstetrics and gynecology before becoming a Chief Medical Officer. he transitioned to COO at Baptist in 2012. His unique perspective helps him anchor quality and operational improvement and design innovative care delivery models.

Bland Eng Chief Executive Officer HCA Florida Brandon Hospital Tampa Florida one of the 18 Health System Executives to Watch in 2022 as Noted by Golden SpiralBland Eng

Chief Operating Officer

HCA Florida Brandon Hospital, Tampa, Fla.

770 employees | $2.4 Million

In Fall of 2021, HCA rebranded 11 of its 400 Florida hospitals, including the main hospital and five freestanding ERs under Eng‘s leadership. Brandon‘s network of ERs has transformed the standard of care in the area and helped them remain strong in the face of changing Florida legislation.

Neil Evans Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology and Chief Information Officer; Chief Officer, Connected Care Washington DC VA one of the 18 Health System Executives to Watch in 2022 as Noted by Golden SpiralNeil Evans

Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology and Chief Information Officer; Chief Officer, Connected Care

Veterans Health Administration, Washington, D.C.

10,000 Employees | $269 Billion

Evans has been at the forefront of the transition to telehealth for veterans. He still practices as a primary care physician. He leads transformation for the VA with his experience on the front lines of clinical care and as a health care executive, information technology executive, and clinical informatics leader. In October 2020, Evans was selected as a winner of the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal for Management Excellence.

Yoany Finetti Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nursing Officer Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital Creve Coeur Mo one of the 18 Health System Executives to Watch in 2022 as Noted by Golden SpiralYoany Finetti

Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nursing Officer

Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Creve Coeur, Mo

200 Employees | $4 Billion

Finetti has the unique perspective of serving in three roles at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital: the vice president of patient care services, chief nursing officer, and chief operating officer. She is the strategic leader for all aspects of clinical care. She’s been instrumental in the Inpatient Tower project which includes private rooms, updated imaging, and the latest surgical prep and recovery technology.

Marty Paslick Chief Information Officer HCA Healthcare Nashville Tennessee one of the 18 Health System Executives to Watch in 2022 as Noted by Golden SpiralMarty Paslick

Chief Information Officer

HCA Healthcare, Nashville, Tenn.

69,000 employees | $58 Billion

Recognized as a top CIO in 2020, Paslick spearheads HCA‘s technology and data analytics initiatives. He invested in his hometown by leading the Nashville Technology Council and has been inducted to the NTC hall of fame. He leads 5,800 employees across 189 hospitals and 15 division support centers.

Terika Richardson Chief Operating Officer Ardent Health Nashville Tennessee one of the 18 Health System Executives to Watch in 2022 as Noted by Golden SpiralTerika Richardson

Chief Operating Officer

 Ardent Health, Nashville, Tenn.

69,000 employees | $58 Billion

A Top 100 Women Leaders in Medicine for 2021, Richardson is settling into her new role after being president or CEO at a number of hospitals. She is tasked with overseeing the operations of Ardent’s 30 hospitals and more than 200 sites of care across six states plus developing the service lines of cardiology and early breast cancer detection.

Marcus Shipley Chief Innovation and Information Officer Trinity Health Livonia Michigan one of the 18 Health System Executives to Watch in 2022 as Noted by Golden SpiralMarcus Shipley

Chief Innovation and Information Officer

Trinity Health, Livonia, Mich.

123,000 employees | $18.8 Billion

Shipley recently oversaw the digital transformation at Trinity including the deployment of Xealth. He leads Trinity Health’s innovation program and is responsible for finding, originating and implementing new ideas while managing the process of innovation and change management throughout the system.

Glenn Waters Chief Operating Officer BayCare Health System Clearwater Florida one of the 18 Health System Executives to Watch in 2022 as Noted by Golden SpiralGlenn Waters

Chief Operating Officer

BayCare Health System, Clearwater, Fla.

27,800 employees | $4.2 Billion

Under Waters‘ leadership, BayCare has launched major transformations of its hospital campuses and ambulatory services to meet the growing needs of the community, expanded community outreach through education, developed the first system-wide oncology strategy, and provided executive leadership for BayCare Behavioral Health, the area’s largest mental health and substance abuse service.

Deanna Wise Banner Health Phoenix Arizona Chief Information Officer one of the 18 Health System Executives to Watch in 2022 as Noted by Golden SpiralDeanna Wise

Chief Information Officer

Banner Health, Phoenix, Az.

26,000 employees | $10.4 Billion

Wise, who also serves as a board member of ArizonaCIO, joined Banner Health in 2019 after her tenure as CIO at Dignity Health where she received many honors and titles. She was recognized in 2015 by Computer World as a Premier 100 IT Leader. She was a part of the Achieving eHealth Equity Summit at the White House.

Eugene Woods President and CEO Atrium Health Charlotte North Carolina one of the 18 Health System Executives to Watch in 2022 as Noted by Golden SpiralEugene Woods

President and CEO

Atrium Health, Charlotte, N.C.

65,000 employees | $10.7 Billion

Woods is overseeing the disbursement of a $30-million gift and subsequent construction on a rehabilitation center. Woods came to Atrium in 2016 and worked first to unite the 65,000 team members. He has served as chairman of the board of trustees of the American Hospital Association. A frequent name on many “best of” lists, he is now working to reshape the landscape of medical education.

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