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Black Leaders in Healthcare Are Changing the Medical Landscape

August 17, 2020

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Stephanie Goraczkowski

Fusion_BlackLeadersInHealthcare_BlogBusinesses operate best with diverse leaders from different backgrounds. Diversity allows people to bring in their different experiences to create a collaborative network, and we know collaboration is key when working as a medical professional. We’re highlighting why diversity matters in healthcare, as well as emerging black healthcare professionals and how their leadership is making waves in the healthcare industry.

 

Black Leaders in Healthcare Are Changing the Medical Landscape

 

Diversity matters

There are several multifaceted issues that are shaping the healthcare industry, including diversity. Diversity matters in all avenues of healthcare: from the patient care received, to the healthcare workers and the leaders in the healthcare industry.

Several recent studies document discrepancies in the quality of healthcare between different racial, ethnic and socio-economic groups. Based on the Agency for Healthcare Research Quality’s National Healthcare Disparities Report 2011, African American patients received less quality care than white patients for 41% of quality measures. There is a need and a push to eliminate inequality and push for healthcare availability and quality of care for racial, economic, and ethnic minorities. With that, the healthcare workforce needs to be equally diverse, to bring a level of understanding and competence to the job front.

Diversity in healthcare leadership is equally important. Healthcare requires strong minds and initiative from different backgrounds in order to be successful. As black healthcare professionals take on positions of authority, they are shaping the framework of how the industry is run and positively impacting how to approach different initiatives in healthcare. They are paving the way and advocating for the next generation of leaders.

 

Leaders in the healthcare system

According to Beckers Hospital Review, from both 2019 and 2020, these healthcare leaders are influencing how their healthcare establishments function and develop new policies for the future. Both established and emerging leaders are featured on this list, in alphabetical order:

Deborah Addo | CEO of Inova Loudoun Hospital - Leesburg, VA

Sheila Antrum, RN | Senior Vice President and COO of UCSF Health - San Francisco, CA 

Elizabeth Appling | Chief Diversity Officer of Erlanger Health System - Chattanooga, TN 

Roddex Barlow | COO of The Hospitals of Providence Memorial Campus - El Paso, TX

Sereka Barlow | COO of The Hospitals of Providence Sierra Campus - El Paso, TX

Bryan Bennett | Executive Director and Founder of the Healthcare Center of Excellence - Buffalo Grove, IL

Tanya Blackmon | Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer of Novant Health - Winston-Salem, NC

Mary Blunt | Senior Vice President of Sentara Healthcare - Norfolk, VA

Jade Brice Roshell, MD | CMO of Shelby Baptist Medical Center - Birmingham, AL

Denise Brooks-Williams | President and CEO of Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital - Wyandotte, MI

Howard Brown | CFO of Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center - Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Monique Butler, MD | CMO of Swedish Medical Center - Englewood, CO

Michelle Cartwright | CFO of St. Mary's Medical Center - West Palm Beach, FL

Michellene Davis | Executive Vice President and Chief Corporate Affairs Officer at RWJBarnabas Health - Toms River, NJ

Lloyd Dean | Co-CEO of CommonSpirit Health – Chicago, IL

Gregory Duckett, JD | Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer for Baptist Memorial Health Care - Memphis, TN

Willarda Edwards, MD | Board Member of the American Medical Association Chicago, IL

Vanessa Ervin | President and CEO of Carobell - Hubert, NC

Bridgett Feagin | CFO of DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital, Harper University Hospital and Hutzel Women's Hospital - Detroit, MI

Gabrielle Finley-Hazle | CEO of St. Mary's Medical Center and Palm Beach Children's Hospital - West Palm Beach, FL

Rosland Fisher McLeod | Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary of SCL Health - Broomfield, CO

Mary "Toni" Flowers | Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer of Roper St. Francis - Charleston, SC

Jerry Fox | Senior Vice President and CIO of BJC HealthCare- St. Louis, MO

Garth Graham, MD | President of the Aetna Foundation - Hartford, CT

Ernest J. Grant, PhD, RN | President of the American Nurses Association - Silver Spring, MD

Audrey Gregory, PhD | CEO of Saint Francis Healthcare Memphis, Market and CEO of Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis - Memphis, TN

Antoinette "Toni" Hardy-Waller, RN, BSN | CEO of The Leverage Network - Chicago, IL

Patrice Harris, MD | President-elect of the American Medical Association Board of Trustees - Chicago, IL

Kidada Hawkins | COO of Princeton Baptist Medical Center - Birmingham, AL

Trent Haywood, MD | CMO of Clinical Affairs for the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association - Chicago, IL

James E.K. Hildreth, MD, PhD | President and CEO of Meharry Medical College - Nashville, TN

Denver Hopkins | Chief Human Resources Officer of St. Mary's Medical Center - West Palm Beach, FL

Daniel Jackson | CEO of Detroit Medical Center Sinai-Grace Hospital - Detroit, MI

Sandra Johnson | Vice President of Revenue Cycle Management of Johns Hopkins Medicine - Baltimore, MD

Kenneth Jones | President of AMITA Health Saint Francis Hospital - Evanston, IL

Quadiru Kent | Group Chief Human Resources Officer of Detroit and Illinois at Detroit Medical Center - Detroit, MI

David Kountz, MD | Founding Associate Dean for Diversity and Equity at Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University - Edison, NJ

Wright Lassiter | President and CEO of Henry Ford Health System - Detroit, MI

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD | President Emerita of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (Princeton, N.J.) and RWJF Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor of Health Policy and Health Equity at the University of Pennsylvania - Philadelphia, PA

Shawn Levitt, BSN, RN | Senior Vice President of Detroit Medical Center, CNO of DMC Children's Hospital of Michigan, and Michigan/Illinois Group CNO of Tenet Healthcare - Dallas, TX

George Lewis | President of Kettering Physician Network - Dayton, OH

Stephan Lillie | CFO of MetroWest Medical Center - Framingham Union, MA

Kevin Lofton | Co-CEO of CommonSpirit - Chicago, IL

Conrad L. Mallett Jr | President and CEO of Detroit Medical Center Sinai-Grace Hospital - Detroit, MI

Beverly Malone, PhD, RN | CEO of National League for Nursing - Washington, DC

Patricia Maryland | Executive Vice President of Ascension and President and CEO of Ascension Healthcare - St. Louis, MO

Lisa McCoy, MD | Medical Director of Aetna Better Health of Virginia - Richmond, VA

Margaret McKenzie, MD | President of Cleveland Clinic South Pointe Hospital - Warrensville Heights, OH

Rosland McLeod | Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary of SCL Health - Broomfield, CO

Wayne McNulty | Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance, Audit and Privacy Officer of Western Connecticut Health Network - LaGrangeville, NY

Tonisha J. Melvin, DNP | Director-at-Large of the American Nurses Association - Silver Spring, MD

Jennifer Mieres, MD | Senior Vice President of the Center for Equity of Care and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for Northwell Health - New Hyde Park, NY

Cynthia Moore-Hardy | President and CEO of Lake Health System - Mentor, OH

Karen Morrison | President of OhioHealth Foundation and Senior Vice President of External Affairs for OhioHealth - Columbus, OH

Marvin O'Quinn | President and COO of CommonSpirit - San Francisco, CA

Hakeem Olanrewaju | Senior Vice President and CFO of Renown Health - Reno, NV

Nike Onifade | Senior Director of Operations for Medical Oncology at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center - Pittsburgh, PA

William Owen Jr., MD | Dean and Chancellor of Ross University School of Medicine - Miramar, FL

James Page Jr | Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer at Vanderbilt University - Nashville, TN

Michele Patterson | Director of Clinical Services, Comprehensive Stroke Program at St. Luke's Baptist Hospital - San Antonio, TX

Marlon Priest, MD | Executive Vice President, CMO and Market Leader for Senior Services of Bon Secours Health System - Ashland, KY

Terika Richardson | President of Advocate Lutheran General Hospital - Park Ridge, IL

Gary Richberg, BSN, RN | Administrator of Pacific Rim Outpatient Surgery Center - Bellingham, WA

Pat Rosenberg | CNO of Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center - Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Samuel Ross, MD | CEO of Bon Secours Baltimore Health System and Executive Vice President of Bon Secours Health System - Ashland, KY

Rhonda Scott, MD | COO of Grady Hospital - Atlanta, GA

Jyric Sims | CEO of Medical City Fort Worth - Fort Worth, TX

Alric Simmonds, MD | Chief Medical Officer of AdventHealth East Orlando - Orlando, FL

Brandi Smith | Vice President of Philanthropy at Lakeland Health and President of Lakeland Health Foundations - Benton Harbor, MI

Kevin Smothers, MD | Chief Medical Executive of Sutter Health - Sacramento, CA

Rick Stevens | President of Christian Hospital - St. Louis, MO

Nikki Sumpter | Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Office of Atlantic Health System - Morristown, NJ

Pamela Sutton-Wallace | CEO of University of Virginia Medical Center – Charlottesville, VA

Nicole Thomas | President of Baptist Medical Center South - Jacksonville, FL

Stephanie Talley | Texas Group Chief Human Resources Officer; Chief Human Resources Officer, The Hospitals of Providence - El Paso, TX

Jhaymee Tynan | Assistant Vice President of Integration at Atrium Health - Charlotte, NC

Bernard Tyson | Chairman and CEO of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals - Oakland, CA

Michael Ugwueke | President and CEO of Methodist Healthcare - Memphis, TN

Antoinette "Toni" Hardy-Waller, RN, BSN | CEO of The Leverage Network - Chicago, IL

Lynette Watkins, MD | Texas Group CMO of Tenet Healthcare - Dallas, TX

Patricia Wilkerson-Uddyback, MD | Vice President of Detroit Medical Center's Academic and Community Affairs – Detroit, MI

Ruth Williams-Brinkley | President of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals of the Northwest - Oakland, CA

Andrea Willis, MD | Senior Vice President and CMO of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee - TN

Yolande Wilson-Stubbs, EMBA, RN, BSN | President of Amita Health Holy Family Medical Center - Des Plaines, IL

Eugene Woods | President and CEO of Atrium Health - Charlotte, NC

 

You can read more about these individual leaders in healthcare and their accomplishments at Beckers Hospital Review 2019 and Beckers Hospital Review 2020.

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