15 Hospital Administration Experts Worth Knowing About

by Linda on April 8, 2011

Hospitals may be large enough to demand the skills of various administrators from the board room to the cafeteria. Other, smaller hospitals may have room and budgets for only one administrator. No matter the size of the hospital or the administrative capacity, the following 15 hospital administrators have become experts in their fields.

The following list is categorized alphabetically by surname.

  1. Margaret AckerMargaret G. Acker, RN, MSN, CASC, is chief executive officer of Blake Woods Medical Park, Jackson. Mich., a multi-specialty facility for ophthalmology, retina, orthopedics and general surgery. She has worked in the ASC industry for over a decade as a consultant, administrator and presenter, and she also serves on the board of directors for St. Luke’s Clinic, providing healthcare for the poor and medically underserved population.
  2. Jim AngleJim Angle served as a hospital administrator in New York and New Jersey and has been a manager in several medical areas, including behavioral health services and geriatrics. Since 2006, he was the CEO of the Memorial Hospital of Salem County in Salem, N.J., after serving a year as the assistant CEO. He will serve as CEO at St. Luke’s Magic Valley Medical Center, a new facility. Angle was selected following the review of more than 200 applicants for the hospital’s top position.
  3. Ruth BrinkleyRuth W. Brinkley is president and CEO of Carondelet Health Network, which operates four hospitals in Southern Arizona. As president and CEO, she also serves as west ministry market leader for Ascension Health, supervising the faith-based missions of hospitals in several western states. Ms. Brinkley previously served as CEO of Memorial Health Care System in Chattanooga, TN. Ms. Brinkley is a registered nurse, and holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in nursing from De Paul University, Chicago.
  4. James FarleyJames L. Farley is the president, managing partner and co-founder of Nursing Care Management of America Inc., a privately held health care company with ownership and management of long-term care nursing facilities and home health and hospice care companies in several states. He was honored as the Most Outstanding Young Hospital Administrator in the nation with the Hudgens Award in 1977 by the American College of Hospital Executives. Marshall University announced in March that he will receive their Distinguished Alumnus Award.
  5. Steven GabbeSteven G. Gabbe, MD is CEO of Ohio State University Medical Center and senior vice president for health sciences. He took his position in July 2008, as the medical center was developing plans for the largest physical expansion in its history, Gabbe is an international expert on high-risk pregnancies and has authored more than 200 published articles and book chapters. He is associated editor of the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and has served on the editorial boards of 15 other publications.
  6. G. Richard HastingsG. Richard Hastings has served as CEO of the 11-hospital Saint Luke’s Health System since 1996. He first started working with the health system in 1976 as an administrative resident before moving on to serve as COO and CEO of Saint Luke’s Hospital. Under Mr. Hastings’ leadership and guidance, Saint Luke’s Hospital became the first healthcare organization in Kansas City history to receive the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 2003. Hastings is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a member of the American Hospital Association.
  7. Arthur KleinDr. Arthur Klein is responsible for the quality and growth of the children’s services line, including all pediatric programs and services, both inpatient and ambulatory. Prior to this, he served at New York Presbyterian Hospital as executive vice president and chief operating officer of the New York Presbyterian Healthcare System. He is chair of the American Hospital Association Committee on Health Professions.
  8. ShandsJodi Mansfield, FACHE, climbed the ranks in Shands Healthcare, the system affiliated with the University of Florida, to become the system’s chief operating officer, overseeing performance of nine hospitals, two academic medical centers, 1,500 physicians and 13,000 employees with net revenue of $1.7 billion — about the size of the Jackson system. Her resume says she developed Shand’s first system-wide strategic plan.
  9. Patricia MarylandPatricia Maryland is president and CEO of St. John Providence Health System, which includes 365-bed Providence Hospital and Medical Center in Southfield, MI. She is one of nine such Ministry Market Leaders who guide Ascension Health operations throughout the System. Before joining St.Vincent Health, Maryland was President of Sinai-Grace Hospital and Senior Vice President of the Detroit Medical Center from June 2001 – October 2003.
  10. Sylvia McKeanSylvia McKean, MD, FACP is the Medical Director of the BWF Hospitalist Service that cares for inpatients at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and the Faulkner Hospital in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. Over the past ten years, Dr. McKean has received more than a dozen awards for leadership, excellence, and teaching, including the prestigious George W. Thorn Award (1997-1998) for outstanding contribution to clinical education from Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
  11. Amit PrachandAmit Prachand, MEng, is a division administrator for hospital medicine at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago. He has a hand in developing systems and structures that help improve patient care. He also is a member of the SHM’s Administrators Task Force, helping hospitalist programs mature and hospital medicine evolve.
  12. Marla SillimanMarla Silliman is the senior vice president and administrator for the Florida Hospital for Children, a facility that recently added a Walt Disney Pavilion. The Walt Disney Pavilion is comprised of 200 pediatric beds, a dedicated pediatric Emergency Department, an advanced 81-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and pediatric surgical suites.
  13. Dirk SostmanH. Dirk Sostman, MD, FACS, has been an active clinician, researcher, and administrator specializing in thoracic and cardiovascular imaging and was an active clinician for over 20 years. He currently serves, among other jobs, as executive vice president and chief medical officer of the Methodist Hospital Research Institute in Houston, TX. He has been principal investigator on several NIH and foundation grants and is author or co-author of over 200 original publications.
  14. Glenn SteeleGlenn Steele, Jr., MD became president and CEO of Geisinger Health System five years ago after a failed merger with Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Widely recognized for his investigations into the treatment of primary and metastatic liver cancer and colorectal cancer surgery, Dr. Steele is past Chairman of the American Board of Surgery. He serves on the editorial board of numerous prominent medical journals.
  15. Dan WoltermanDan Wolterman is president and CEO of Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, which is the largest non-profit healthcare system in Texas with 16 hospitals that generate approximately $5.5 billion in gross revenues. Prior to joining Memorial Hermann, Wolterman served as senior vice president of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word Health Care System for six years and president and CEO of Holy Cross Health System of Utah for five years.

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