Welcome to Modern Healthcare's third biennial presentation of the Top 25 Women in Healthcare. The previous rosters were published in 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011 as in past years the list is presented in alphabetical order. The honorees—female executives who are making a difference through their leadership roles in the various sectors of the healthcare industry—were chosen by a panel of senior editors at Modern Healthcare. The second set of five is presented below.
The Top 25 Women in Healthcare, 2009 (2 of 5)
As director of the newly created White House Office of Health Reform, DeParle is spearheading President Barack Obama's agenda to improve the nation's healthcare system. DeParle, 52, was most recently managing director of CCMP Capital, New York, and a member of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission. From 1997 to 2000 she was administrator of the Health Care Financing Administration, the predecessor agency to the CMS.
As CEO and medical director of Denver Health, Gabow is an outspoken advocate for accessibility, affordability and quality in healthcare. Gabow, 65, a physician, is continuing her work to improve care for those who need Colorado's main safety net provider. She led the effort to convert the hospital to a community-owned authority, and is also an international expert on polycystic kidney disease.
Gorman is co-founder and CEO of Advanced ICU Care, a medical services company providing remote critical care to intensive-care patients in community hospitals. Supported by telemedicine, the St. Louis-based company gives around-the-clock patient monitoring. Gorman, 49, is an internal medicine physician and activist in the hospitalist movement.
Grealy is president of the Healthcare Leadership Council, Washington, a group of diverse healthcare executives working toward common legislative goals. Grealy, 60, helped successfully lobby for the passage of the Medicare Part D prescription drug program and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996.
For more than seven years, Haynes has been CEO of St. Louis University Hospital, a 332-bed teaching hospital and trauma center in St. Louis owned by Tenet Healthcare Corp. Haynes, 51, has had a distinguished career in hospital administration, having served as chief operating officer of George Washington University Hospital and Capitol Hill Hospital, both in Washington. She is on the boards of the Health Research & Educational Trust and the American Hospital Association.
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