100 Most Influential People in Healthcare
R. Milton Johnson, 59
Chairman and CEO, HCA Healthcare
- Compensation: $17,764,761 - according to 2016 proxy statement
- Years on list: 3
Johnson's drive for steady, consistent growth at HCA reflects his conservative rise from accountant and tax department manager to treasurer and CFO. The company—known for its high-flying past of hospital acquisitions and leveraged buyouts—today provides one of the best returns on investment among healthcare providers by focusing on building out clinics and free-standing emergency rooms around its hospital hubs in Dallas, Houston, Miami and elsewhere. Johnson took the helm of HCA in January 2014.