Top 20 Most Influential People in the Medical Administration Field

by Linda on September 21, 2010

Health administrators can benefit their organizations, help make public policy and be proactive in community outreach. In this list of the top 20 most influential people in the medical administration field, we also chose Chief Financial Officers (CFO), or individuals who grew their facilities to offer more work and — in the process — provided more income for their facilities and for their communities.

The individuals on this list are current administrators, people who either have been on the job for decades or who recently were hired and who have made extreme impacts in a short period. The individuals are listed in alphabetical order by surname. Follow the links to learn more about their careers.

  1. Dr. Ronald AndersonDr. Ron J. Anderson is an internist and CEO of Parkland Health and Hospital System in Dallas. Dr. Anderson served on the executive committee of the State Task Force on Indigent Health Care and in 1985 played a major role in the passage of landmark legislation concerning indigent health care in Texas.
  2. Cathy BarrCathy Barr is CEO of Minnesota’s Bethesda Hospital, currently is working on legislative reform to help long-term acute care hospitals establish new facility and medical requirements. She also serves as president of The Women’s Health Leadership TRUST (WHLT)
  3. David BixlerDavid Bixler serves as the president and CEO of 143-bed Rutherford (N.C.) Hospital, which has been recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of the best community hospitals in the nation. His career in the healthcare industry spans over thirty years in various healthcare settings.
  4. Marna BorgstromMarna P. Borgstrom, president and CEO of Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut, is the first woman to run the organization. She is Chair of the Connecticut Hospital Association Board of Trustees and member of the board of the University HealthSystem Consortium.
  5. Larry CashLarry Cash is Executive Director and CFO for Tennessee-based Community Health Systems. Mr. Cash has been named one of America’s Best CFOs in the healthcare industry by Institutional Investor every year from 2005 to 2010.
  6. Sally BoemerSally A. Mason Boemer is senior vice president for finance at Massachusetts General Hospital. She has improved collections, shepherded payor contracts and organized cost-cutting teams. In May, the hospital was $4.2 million ahead of budget.
  7. Dr. QuinlinPatrick J. Quinlan, MD, is a dermatologist and CEO of Ochsner Health System in New Orleans. Ochsner’s extensive disaster preparations before Katrina played a major role in mitigating damages. In May 2007, Dr. Quinlan was named the #1 most powerful physician executive in the nation by Modern Physician magazine.
  8. Jeffrey RomoffJeffrey A. Romoff is the President and CEO of UPMC, one of the leading nonprofit health systems in the United States. Under his leadership, UPMC became a fully integrated $8 billion global enterprise. With nearly 50,000 employees, UPMC is the largest employer in western Pennsylvania and a major health resource for its residents.
  9. Christina RyanChristina M. Ryan is CEO of The Women’s Hospital in Evansville, Indiana. She was appointed to the Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality and has received many other awards. Her civic and community involvement includes a long list of local organizations as well.
  10. James SkogsberghJames H. Skogsbergh is president and CEO of Advocate Health Care, a faith-based health system and the largest healthcare system in the Midwest. He was recently named the 2010 chair of the American Hospital Association’s Section for Health Care Systems.
  11. Dr. Rulon StaceyRulon F. Stacey, PhD, is president and CEO of Poudre Valley Health System in Colorado. Under his leadership, the health system received the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 2008. He was elected Chairman-Elect of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) in 2010.
  12. Douglas StrongDouglas L. Strong is CEO of University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers. The Hospitals and Health Centers unit of the University of Michigan Health System is expected to finish its fiscal year in strong financial shape, with a positive operating margin nearly twice the size predicted a year ago.
  13. Joseph SwedishJoseph R. Swedish is president and CEO of Michigan-based Trinity Health, the nation’s fourth-largest Catholic health system. During his tenure at the health system, he spearheaded the Find A Way advocacy campaign, aimed at seeking healthcare reform that provides healthcare coverage for everyone.
  14. Anthony TersigniAnthony Tersigni is president and CEO of Missouri’s Ascension Health, which is the nation’s largest Catholic and non-profit health system. Dr. Tersigni was listed as one of Modern Healthcare’s 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. He is the recipient of many professional awards.
  15. Richard UmbdenstockRichard Umbdenstock is president and CEO of the American Hospital Association. He was past chair of the AHA board of trustees and served on the executive committee, chairing the operations committee.
  16. Sandra TreaseSandra A. Van Trease is a group president for eight community and rural hospitals operated by BJC Healthcare located in and around St. Louis. Ms. Van Trease is an active member of the St. Louis community and serves on many corporate boards.
  17. Anita VaughnAnita S. Vaughn, RN is administrator and CEO of Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women in Memphis, Tennessee and has been with the hospital since its planning stages in 1998. Ms. Vaughn previously served as assistant vice president for Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis.
  18. Ronald WerthmanRonald J. Werthman is vice president for finance at Johns Hopkins. He has achieved the highest operating margins in its history and consolidated the health system and affiliates’ finance divisions, working closely with the management team on a budget incorporating the health system and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
  19. Nicholas WolterNicholas Wolter, MD, a pulmonologist, has been CEO of Montana’s Billings Clinic, the largest and one of the most integrated health systems in the northern Rocky Mountain states. Dr. Wolter helped guide the 1993 merger of Billings Clinic with Deaconess Hospital and became the new health system’s medical executive officer.
  20. Dan WoltermanDan Wolterman is president and CEO of Memorial Hermann Healthcare System in Houston, which is the largest not-for-profit healthcare system in Texas. Altogether, Mr. Wolterman has approximately 30 years of healthcare leadership experience, with numerous awards.

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