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5 Influential Leaders in Healthcare

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Healthcare leaders tirelessly exert their skills, knowledge and passions to influence others to think about issues from new perspectives. Some draw attention to serious habits that consumers have adopted to their own detriment. Others raise their voice on behalf of those who suffer from circumstances beyond their control. Often, healthcare leaders serve as the voice of logic and a source of inspired vision for the world’s most powerful executives.

Health care leaders have accomplished their feats using intuition, passion, and skill gained from their unique experiences in the field. Let’s take a look at five individuals who have led extraordinary advancements in health and medicine.

Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey

Wharton MBA, Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, is the CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and has served as the deputy administrator for the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality and the White House Health Care Reform Task Force. In here role at RWJF, Lavizzo-Mourey oversees $10.5 billion in assets. For over 40 years, the foundation has supported public health initiatives such as the establishment of the current 911 system, smoking cessation, hospice care improvement and other causes. Lavizzo-Mourey combines clinical skills and a philanthropic fervor for supporting humanitarian causes that promote enduring advancements.

“America faces a crisis of high costs and low returns for its health investments, which is impacting our global competitiveness and our sense of community.” – Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey

Dr. Andrew W. Gurman, MD

Orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Andrew Gurman, served as Vice Speaker of the House of Delegates for the American Medical Association (AMA) and co-chair for the National Business Group on Health Racial/Ethnic Health Advisory Board.

In June 2016, Gurman took the lead as AMA president, drawing attention to the highly charged topics of gun violence, drug abuse and value-based medical reimbursements. In his role as AMA president, Gurman urges Congress to increase spending on gun violence research. He also serves as board liaison to the AMA Advisory Committee on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Issues.

“Counseling patients we care for makes a difference in preventing gun-related injuries and deaths.” – Dr. Andrew Gurman

President Barack Obama

Constituents elected Barack Obama as the third African-American senator and then to President of the United States, holding the latter appointment for two terms spanning between 2009 and 2017. President Obama established the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which is credited with successfully reducing the volume of uninsured from 16 percent to fewer than 10 percent. President Obama also led the drive to transform the Medicare imbursement system from a service reimbursement to a value-based payment model. Although the reforms do not work ideally for all citizens, the former commander in chief succeeded in laying the foundation for universal healthcare that presidents have pursued for many years.

“What the past eight years have taught us is that healthcare reform requires an evidence-based, careful approach, driven by what is best for the American people.” – Barack Obama

Anthony Tersigni

Anthony Tersigni serves as the CEO of the largest nonprofit Catholic hospital network in the United States, Ascension Health. He has earned a reputation for uniting decision-makers, launching change initiatives and successfully steering medical improvements. Under Tersigni’s leadership, Ascesion Health stands as the first mega health network to waive out-of-pocket payments for consumers who live 250 percent or more below the poverty line.

With nearly four decades of experience, Tersigni forecasts further changes to healthcare as the new president takes office in 2017. He will serve as presidential transition team counsel, while offering his insight on the ACA reforms that work well for U.S. consumers.

“We’ve got to be careful when we repeal. [Affordable Care Act reforms] … I don’t think we can afford to go backward as a country.” – Anthony Tersigni

Dr. Prem Reddy

Dr. Prem Reddy serves as the CEO, chairman and president of Prime Healthcare. He founded the organization in 2009, which has grown into the fifth largest commercial hospital network in the United States. The Dr. Prem Reddy Charitable Foundation has issued over $800 million to academic institutions, charitable organizations and nonprofit hospitals. Reddy’s healthcare network and nonprofit organization have improved and ensured continuing hospital operations in municipalities across the United States, earning him accolades as one of the most impactful and influential leaders in healthcare.

“We want to save as many hospitals as we can. We want to expand in California and beyond.” – Dr. Prem Reddy

Tomorrow’s healthcare leaders will possess a special gift for spotting emerging trends and letting their passions drive their ambitions. These individuals will serve as agents of change by envisioning and forging bold new ways to deliver healthcare in the United States.

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