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Celebrating Women in Healthcare Leadership

Analysis  |  By Melanie Blackman  
   March 08, 2021

In light of International Women's Day, HealthLeaders showcases inspiring women serving in healthcare leadership.

March 8 is International Women's Day, a day of global celebration of the achievements of women. HealthLeaders is proud to recognize women leaders in the healthcare sector around the nation. Below are stories of women healthcare executives serving in clinical care, finance, innovation, nursing, revenue cycle, and strategic operations.  

Also, HealthLeaders is excited to announce the upcoming launch of two Women in Healthcare Leadership Initiatives. Check out the announcement below!


Patricia Gabbe, MD, professor of pediatrics and obstetrics and gynecology at The Ohio State University College of Medicine

Moms2B Community-Based Interdisciplinary Intervention Delivers Results

This story details the primary elements of the Moms2B program, a community-based interdisciplinary intervention program that Gabbe founded at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.


Nidia Williams, PhD, vice president of quality and safety at Lifespan in Providence, Rhode Island

Adopt a Crisis Command Culture During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Williams details how capitalizing on talent is a pivotal part of crisis command culture, and how "the secret sauce is having the right people with the right training."



Dawn Bulgarella, CFO at UAB Health System

UAB Health System CFO Reflects on 2020 Challenges, 'Silver Linings'

Bulgarella details how the Birmingham, Alabama–based academic medical center sector has been affected by COVID-19 and what business opportunities will be available after the pandemic.


Angela Lalas, CPA, CFO at Loma Linda University Health

Loma Linda CFO Leads Through Provider Consolidation, Rising Costs

Lalas, who has been with the nonprofit health system since 2006 spoke with HealthLeaders after assuming her role as CFO for the nonprofit health system. Lalas has been recognized in recent years as a rising star within the healthcare finance community. 



Karen Murphy, PhD, RN, executive vice president and chief innovation officer for The Steele Institute for Health Innovation at Geisinger

Geisinger's Karen Murphy Stimulates Innovation by Focusing on Fundamentally Different Approaches to Healthcare

Murphy shares how she uses her bedside experience to inspire innovation at a federal and state level, and how she's focused on transforming healthcare though Geisinger's Steele Institute for Health Innovation.


Michelle Conger, chief strategy officer for OSF HealthCare and chief executive officer for OSF Saint Gabriel Digital Health

How OSF's 6 Digital Approaches Handle More than 50,000 COVID Encounters

Conger details the Peoria, Illinois–based health system's six digital approaches to COVID-19.



Jane Englebright, chief nursing executive for HCA Healthcare

Guiding Gen Z Nurses Through COVID-19

Englebright shares how the hospital system has helped the health system's 98,000 nurses through the pandemic, most of whom are millennials and Gen Z.


Robyn Begley, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, CEO of the American Organization for Nursing Leadership, and chief nursing officer and senior vice president of workforce for the American Hospital Association

AONL's Robyn Begley Advises Ways to Help Curb COVID-19

Begley shares her thoughts on how to reach President Biden's 100-day vaccination goal during a COVID-19 Vaccines: Preparing Your Organization for the Expanded Rollout webinar.



Allyson Bonner Keller, FACHE, executive director of Piedmont Healthcare's patient connection center

4 Ways to Optimize Vaccine Scheduling

Bonner Keller spoke with HealthLeaders about how the health system successfully optimized its vaccine scheduling in four steps.


Gerilynn Sevenikar, vice president of revenue cycle at Sharp HealthCare

Productivity Skyrockets in Sharp HealthCare's Gamified Revenue Cycle

Sevenikar shares how the health system has "gamified" its revenue cycle management workflow to turn employees' everyday tasks into opportunities to earn points, badges, and compete with each other.



Jennifer Montgomery, BSN, MSA, FACHE, president and CEO of McLaren St. Luke's

Q&A About Hospital Acquisition With McLaren St. Luke's CEO

Montgomery spoke with HealthLeaders when McLaren Health Care acquired St. Luke's Hospital, located in Maumee, Ohio, and shared insights about her healthcare background, her new role, and the strategy behind the acquisition.


Carladenise Edwards, PhD, senior vice president and chief strategy officer for Henry Ford Health System

Henry Ford Health System's New CSO: How Healthcare Can Address Health Disparities and Inequities

After Dr. Edwards first joined Henry Ford Health System in July 2020, she shared how she hoped to implement strategies for equitable, accessible care for the health system's diverse communities.



Women in Healthcare Leadership Podcast

HealthLeaders is excited to announce the upcoming launch of our Women in Healthcare Leadership Podcast, debuting April 7. It will be available on Spotify, SoundCloud, Apple Podcasts, Google Play, and Stitcher the first Wednesday of every month. Check out the podcast trailer here.



Women in Healthcare Leadership Profiles Quarterly Report

HealthLeaders is also excited to announce the launch of Women in Healthcare Leadership Profiles, debuting on March 29. This report, releasing the last Monday of each quarter, will showcase interviews with inspiring women who serve in healthcare leadership.

Melanie Blackman is the strategy editor at HealthLeaders, an HCPro brand.

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