Change Health Care: 2012 Most Influential People


My passion is all about participating and promoting the transformation to improve the current “health care” system and cultural practices. I want to help change health care. I began to wonder: who has the most influence on the current system? It is difficult to affect change without influence, and as I re-evaluate my college degree options, this question inspired me to evaluate Modern Healthcare‘s list of the “100 Most Influential People in Health Care of 2012.” Below is the list, which I will update with supporting documentation and overall breakdown as the study progresses.

Please comment: what are your thoughts? Your questions would also be helpful as I research.

Here are the 2012 Most Influential People in Health Care:

1. John Roberts
Chief Justice of the United States, Washington

2. Mark Bertolini
Chairman, president and CEO, Aetna, Hartford, CN

3. Dr. John Kitzhaber
Governor, State of Oregon, Salem, OR

4. Barack Obama
President of the United States, Washington

5. Kathleen Sebelius
Secretary, Health and Human Services, Washington

6. George Halvorson
Chairman and CEO, Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, CA

7. Stephen Hemsley
President and CEO, UnitedHealth Group, Minnetonka, MN

8. Marilyn Tavenner
Acting CMS administrator, CMS, Baltimore, MD

9. Angela Braly
Chair, president and CEO, WellPoint, Indianapolis, IN

10. Michael McCallister
Chairman and CEO, Humana, Louisville, KY

11. Patricia Hemingway Hall
President and CEO, Health Care Service Corp., Chicago, IL

12. Kent Thiry
Chairman and CEO, DaVita, Denver, CO

13. Mitt Romney
Presidential nominee, Republican Party; former Massachusetts governor (MA)

14. Paul Diaz
President and CEO, Kindred Healthcare, Louisville, KY.

15. Dan Wolterman
President and CEO, Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, Houston, TX

16. Sister Carol Keehan
President and CEO, Catholic Health Association of the United States, Washington

17. Dr. John Noseworthy
President and CEO, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

18. Joel Allison
President and CEO, Baylor Health Care System, Dallas, TX

19. John Boehner
Speaker of the House (R-Ohio), U.S. House of Representatives, Washington

20. Dr. Regina Benjamin
U.S. surgeon general, U.S. Public Health Service, Washington

21. Dr. Delos “Toby” Cosgrove
President and CEO, Cleveland Clinic

22. Judith Faulkner
Founder and CEO, Epic Systems, Verona, WI

23. Lloyd Dean
President and CEO, Dignity Health, San Francisco, CA

24. Paul Ryan
Chairman, House Budget Committee, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington

25. Wayne Smith
Chairman, president and CEO, Community Health Systems, Franklin, TN

26. Dr. Atul Gawande
Associate professor of health policy and management, Harvard School of Public Health; associate professor of surgery, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

27. Alan Miller
Chairman and CEO, Universal Health Services, King of Prussia, PA

28. Maureen Bisognano
President and CEO, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Cambridge, MA

29. Dr. Gary Gottlieb
President and CEO, Partners Healthcare, Boston, MA

30. Trevor Fetter
President and CEO, Tenet Healthcare Corp., Dallas, TX

31. William Carpenter
Chairman and CEO, LifePoint Hospitals, Brentwood, TN

32. Dr. Carolyn Clancy
Director, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD

33. Chip Kahn
President and CEO, Federation of American Hospitals, Washington

34. Dr. Farzad Mostashari
National coordinator, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Washington

35. Max Baucus
Senate Finance Committee chairman, U.S. Senate, Washington

36. Rose Ann DeMoro
Executive director, National Nurses United/AFL-CIO, Washington

37. Richard Umbdenstock
President and CEO, American Hospital Association, Chicago, IL

38. Michael Dowling
President and CEO, North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, New York, NY

39. Joseph Swedish
President and CEO, Trinity Health, Novi, MI

40. Eric Holder
U.S. attorney general, U.S. Justice Department, Washington

41. Dr. Gary Kaplan
Chairman and CEO, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, WA

42. Eric Cantor
House majority leader, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington

43. Rick Scott
Governor, State of Florida, Tallahassee, FL

44. Ron Wyden
U.S. senator (D-Ore.), U.S. Senate, Washington

45. Dr. Susan Turney
President and CEO, MGMA-ACMPE (Formerly the Medical Group Management Association), Englewood, CO

46. Dr. Thomas Frieden
Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA

47. Gary Newsome
President and CEO, Health Management Associates, Naples, FL

48. Kevin Lofton
President and CEO, Catholic Health Initiatives, Englewood, CO

49. Pete Stark
U.S. representative (D-Calif.), U.S. House of Representatives, Washington

50. Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey
President and CEO, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Princeton, NJ

51. Dr. Mark Chassin
President, Joint Commission, Oakbrook Terrace, IL

52. John Hammergren
Chairman, president and CEO, McKesson Corp., San Francisco, CA

53. Dr. Glenn Steele Jr.
President and CEO, Geisinger Health System, Danville, PA

54. Alex Gorsky
CEO, Johnson & Johnson, New Brunswick, NJ

55. Drew Altman
President and CEO, Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, Menlo Park, CA

56. Charles Grassley
U.S. senator (R-Iowa), U.S. Senate, Washington

57. Margaret “Peggy” O’Kane
President, National Committee for Quality Assurance, Washington

58. Dr. Margaret Hamburg
Commissioner, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Silver Spring, MD

59. Douglas Hawthorne
CEO, Texas Health Resources, Arlington, TX

60. Dr. Francis Collins
Director, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD

61. Teri Fontenot
President and CEO, Woman’s Hospital, Baton Rouge, LA

62. Jay Grinney
President and CEO, HealthSouth Corp., Birmingham, AL

63. Dr. Harvey Fineberg
President, Institute of Medicine, Washington

64. Dr. Eric Topol
Chief academic officer, Scripps Health, San Diego; director, Scripps Translational Science Institute, La Jolla, CA

65. Dave Camp
U.S. representative (R-Mich.), chairman, Ways and Means Committee, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington

66. Richard Feinstein
Director, Bureau of Competition, U.S. Federal Trade Commission, Washington

67. Daniel Levinson
Inspector general, HHS, Washington

68. Dr. Bruce Siegel
President and CEO, National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems, Washington

69. John Bardis
Chairman, president and CEO, MedAssets, Alpharetta, GA

70. Leah Binder
CEO, Leapfrog Group, Washington

71. Nancy Schlichting
President and CEO, Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, MI

72. Karen Ignagni
President and CEO, America’s Health Insurance Plans, Washington

73. Susan DeVore
President and CEO, Premier, Charlotte, NC

74. Richard Bracken
Chairman and CEO, HCA, Nashville, TN

75. Dr. Ralph de la Torre
Chairman and CEO, Steward Health Care System, Boston, MA

76. Anthony Tersigni
President and CEO, Ascension Health Alliance, St. Louis, MO

77. Rick Foster
Chief actuary, CMS, Baltimore, MD

78. Keith Pitts
Vice chairman, Vanguard Health Systems, Nashville, TN

79. Scott Serota
President and CEO, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, Chicago, IL

80. Dr. Georges Benjamin
Executive director, American Public Health Association, Washington

81. Helen Darling
President and CEO, National Business Group on Health, Washington

82. Mary Grealy
President, Healthcare Leadership Council, Washington

83. Neal Patterson
Chairman and CEO, Cerner Corp., Kansas City, MO

84. Eric Shinseki
Secretary, Veterans Affairs Department, Washington

85. Dr. James Madara
Executive vice president and CEO, American Medical Association, Chicago, IL

86. Peter Shumlin
Governor, State of Vermont, Montpelier, VT

87. Kenneth Raske
President, Greater New York Hospital Association, New York, NY

88. Dr. Richard Gilfillan
Acting director, CMS Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, Washington

89. Thomas Dolan
President and CEO, American College of Healthcare Executives, Chicago, IL

90. Ron Pollack
Founder and executive director, Families USA, Washington

91. Robert Ortenzio
Co-founder and CEO, Select Medical Corp., Mechanicsburg, PA

92. Debra Cafaro
Chair and CEO, Ventas, Chicago, IL

93. James Skogsbergh
President and CEO, Advocate Health Care, Oak Brook, IL

94. Dr. Darrell Kirch
President and CEO, Association of American Medical Colleges, Washington

95. H. Stephen Lieber
President and CEO, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, Chicago, IL

96. David Bernd
CEO, Sentara Healthcare, Norfolk, VA

97. Dr. Charles Sorenson
President and CEO, Intermountain Healthcare, Salt Lake City, UT

98. Jonathan Gruber
Professor of economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston; healthcare researcher at National Bureau of Economic Research, IL

99. James Guest
President and CEO, Consumer Reports, Yonkers, NY

100. George Paz
Chairman and CEO, Express Scripts, St. Louis, MO

Anyone can be nominated and voted on by readers as, “those individuals in healthcare who are deemed by their peers and an expert panel to be the most influential individuals in the industry, in terms of leadership and impact.” Read more: 2012 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare (text list) | Modern Healthcare

Want to Change Health Care?

Health is the condition of being sound in body mind, or spirit; especially: freedom from physical disease or pain. Care is attention to. Health care is defined as “efforts to maintain or restore health especially by trained and licensed professionals.”  (Definitions via Merriam Webster)

No one wants to change the definition of health care, right? Well, unfortunately, when we watch the news, research health care bills spinning around our government floors, or hear about it around the water cooler, “health care” has morphed into a new definition. Even the website simply addresses health care cost transparency.

Change Health Care - Twisted Definition

Do you agree with Princeton University’s WordNet Search first entry definition of “health care”? I reject that definition.

Reject health care as money, and embrace it as wellness, as it is intended. If you are exhausted from insomnia, debilitated by migraines, perplexed by family illness, flat on your back because of pain, or in fear of learning you need one more prescription because of complications due to being overweight, you know exactly what I mean. I am sick of friends and family being sick. I am tired of drugs and their “side” effects.

Would you like to be a part of the transformation of true health care that promotes “efforts to maintain or restore health especially by trained and licensed professionals.” ?

Let’s no longer ignore the need to really change health care. True health care.


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