Sister Carol Keehan is in some exalted company with her latest honor: making the Time 100 list of the world’s most influential people.
The president and CEO of the Catholic Health Association since 2005, Keehan is cited in the “Leaders” section of the list, ranking No. 22, below Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (No. 1) and President Barack Obama (No. 4).
The essay on Keehan was written by Victoria Reggie Kennedy, the widow of Sen. Edward Kennedy, who cites Keehan’s efforts in the fight for the new healthcare law: “Leadership is not about doing what’s easy. It’s about doing what’s right. Last March, my husband … said he looked forward to being a foot soldier in the fight for reform and vowed that, this time, we would not fail. Sister Carol was a vital foot soldier in that fight.”
Outliers is glad to see Time catching up with Modern Healthcare in recognizing Keehan, who topped the list of our 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare in 2007, and placed No. 18 in 2009. Although we have to admit we never thought we’d see her on a list that included Lady Gaga and British street artist Banksy (No. 1 and No. 20 on the “Artists” section, respectively).