50 Most Influential Physician Executives – 2016
President of clinical services and chief quality officer, Community Health Systems
When Community Health Systems shuffled its leadership team following its 2014 acquisition of Health Management Associates, the chain picked Dr. Lynn Simon to oversee all clinical and quality programs for a portfolio of roughly 200 hospitals. The promotion made Simon, 56, president of clinical services and chief quality officer. She also picked up responsibility for Community's physician practices and has worked on initiatives such as building the chain's telehealth programs. Her prior leadership roles include chief medical officer at Jewish Hospital and St. Mary's Healthcare in Louisville, Ky., and president of the Greater Louisville Medical Society. Simon, a neurologist, also has a master's degree in business. "It's a matter of getting outside your comfort zone," she tells people looking to advance their careers. "Take on risk."