Top 25 Women in Healthcare - 2015
CEO, KentuckyOne Health
Brinkley has been the CEO of KentuckyOne Health since it was created through the 2012 merger of Jewish Hospital & St. Mary's HealthCare and St. Joseph Health System. She joined the Louisville-based system after serving as CEO of Ascension Health's Carondelet Health Network in Tucson, Ariz. Brinkley, now 63, began her career as a nurse and served in a number of nursing management roles, including chief nurse executive at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital. She also has experience with Catholic Health Initiatives, parent of KentuckyOne, as the former president and CEO of Memorial Health Care System in Chattanooga, Tenn.