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 first set of five is presented below.
The Top 25 Women in Healthcare, 2009 (1 of 5)
As president and CEO of WellPoint, Indianapolis, Braly is one of the most high-profile women executives in America. Since June 2007, Braly, 47, has overseen the nation's largest health insurer based on membership, with nearly 43,000 employees, operating revenue of $61 billion and about 35 million members. Trained as an attorney, Braly was previously executive vice president, general counsel and chief public affairs officer of the company.
Conway-Welch has served as dean of the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, Nashville, for 25 years. She is one of the longest-serving deans of a nursing school in the country, and has been a mentor and adviser to countless nurses now deployed around the nation. Conway-Welch, 64, has for three decades led efforts to improve nursing education, emergency preparedness and HIV/AIDS awareness, among other issues.
Corrigan is synonymous with healthcare quality-improvement efforts in America today. As president and CEO of the not-for-profit National Quality Forum, Corrigan, 54, leads the agenda-setting for national priorities and goals in healthcare quality. Before joining the NQF in 2006, Corrigan was senior board director at the Institute of Medicine and provided leadership on the IOM's landmark To Err is Human and Crossing the Quality Chasm series of reports, drawing nationwide attention to medical errors.
Since 2006, Croushore has been president and CEO of not-for-profit Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, a 511-bed facility, where she has focused on workforce retention and quality improvement. Trained as a microbiologist, Croushore, 55, has held top positions in hospital administration. She was previously CEO at Jeanes Hospital-Temple University Health System in Philadelphia.
Davis is president of the Commonwealth Fund, New York, a private foundation aimed at advancing a high-performance healthcare system. A nationally recognized economist, Davis, 66, is a widely published expert in healthcare policy and research. She joined the fund in 1992 as executive vice president and became president two years later. Prior to that, she was chairwoman of the Health Policy and Management Department at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Baltimore. She was the first woman to lead a U.S. public health service agency, as deputy assistant secretary of health policy at HHS from 1977 to 1980.
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