Announcing the 2009 Top Leadership Teams in Healthcare

HealthLeaders Media, August 26, 2009

An inner-city health system that has become a model for safety-net hospitals, and a small, rural hospital that has set its own high bar for quality are among the winners in the 6th annual HealthLeaders Media Top Leadership Teams in Healthcare program, sponsored by Cejka Search, GE Healthcare, Philips Healthcare, and Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis.

Winners in the 2009 Top Leadership Teams in Healthcare program include Denver Health & Hospital for Large Hospitals and Health Systems; Grays Harbor Community Hospital in Aberdeen, WA, for Community and Mid-Size Hospitals; Cary Medical Center in Caribou, ME, for Small Hospitals; NorthShore University Health System Medical Group in Evanston, IL, for Medical Groups; and Independent Health in Williamsville, NY, for Health Plans.

The HealthLeaders Media Top Leadership Teams in Healthcare 2009 program is designed to celebrate the outstanding teamwork that occurs in healthcare organizations each day, to share what makes top leadership teams successful, and to encourage other healthcare leaders to learn more from the best practices of top leadership teams. Winners are judged on the team's overall leadership culture, its ability to overcome challenges, and its ability to demonstrate successes that result from outstanding leadership teamwork. Only one winner per category receives this national honor each year.

HealthLeaders Media Editor-in-Chief Jim Molpus says the 2009 Top Leadership Teams winners share a common thread in that systemic barriers to healthcare performance have not stopped them. "We hear so much defeatism coming out of the healthcare debate today," Molpus says. "Then you look at the challenges facing a public, safety-net hospital system like Denver Health. Others in very similar situations have closed, but Denver Health has set the bar higher than merely surviving. It has found a way to grow and to carry out the highest purposes of its mission to serve the citizens of Denver."

"The stable, committed, and innovative leadership team at Denver Health is one of the primary factors in our success as an integrated safety net healthcare delivery system," says Patricia A. Gabow, M.D., CEO of Denver Health.

"Recognition of this outstanding team by HealthLeaders Media confirms my conviction that effective leadership in today's complex healthcare environment is not the work of one or even several people; it is the work of a well-oiled team."

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