Dean became the solo CEO of CommonSpirit this year after co-CEO Ken Lofton’s retirement on June 30. The massive health system posted its first operating gain since its creation merger before COVID-19 hit. During the pandemic, he has called his colleagues to action to address health disparities and called that the mission of CommonSpirit under his leadership. “Without a doubt, hospitals and other service providers need all the help they can get to tackle these barriers to health,” he said. As Dean looks toward the future, CommonSpirit is taking advantage of the bond markets to refinance its debt.