HL20: 20 People Who Are Making a Difference in Healthcare - 2013

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George Halvorson
Former Chairman and CEO
Kaiser Permanente
Oakland, CA

George Halvorson has stepped down as CEO of Kaiser Permanente. But instead of going into retirement mode, he is launching an institute to resolve the roots of intergroup ethnic conflict and improve diversity within the workplace. "What I've been doing in healthcare, and for the past 30 years, has been a warm-up for what I need to do next," he says.

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By HealthLeaders Media Staff for HealthLeaders Media, December 16, 2013

This article appears in the December 2013 issue of HealthLeaders magazine.

They are nurses and physicians. They are researchers and executives. They are providers and payers. They are watchdogs and innovators. And they are patients. They are this year's HealthLeaders 20 honorees, selected for their efforts to make a difference in healthcare. Their stories are sometimes tinged with struggles or challenges, but always, ultimately, with success.

HealthLeaders 20

Douglas Hawthorne
Texas Health Resources
Arlington, TX

Douglas Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources, has repeatedly made big bets on where the puck is going in healthcare, and those bets have almost always paid off. Now his behemoth health system is seeking to take responsibility for caring for individuals over a lifetime. Making that change pay off financially is the critical challenge.  [Read more]

Hr Kristine Aznavoorian, RN, MS
Pediatric Nurse
Massachusetts Pediatric Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner
Boston, MA

Kristine Aznavoorian, RN, MS, had been a practicing pediatric nurse in Boston for five years when she discovered subspecialists known as Pediatric Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners. Now she works with young victims of heinous crimes. [Read more]


Fred Trotter
Healthcare Data Journalist
Houston, TX

Fred Trotter has written a book called Hacking Healthcare, now he is going to try Hacking HIPAA. That's the name of Trotter's newest venture, a crowdfunded project aimed at circumventing standards bodies and sluggish healthcare giants in order to bring HIPAA into the 21st century. [Read more]

Hr Kermit Crawford
President of Pharmacy, Health and Wellness
Deerfield, IL

Kermit Crawford always knew he wanted to be a pharmacist. Now, he's president of Walgreens' pharmacy, health and wellness division. Throughout his time at the drugstore giant, he's changed the company from a prescription filler to an important resource in medically underserved communities. [Read more]

Hr George Halvorson
Former Chairman and CEO
Kaiser Permanente
Oakland, CA

George Halvorson has stepped down as CEO of Kaiser Permanente. But instead of going into retirement mode, he is launching an institute to resolve the roots of intergroup ethnic conflict and improve diversity within the workplace. "What I've been doing in healthcare, and for the past 30 years, has been a warm-up for what I need to do next," he says. [Read more]

Hr Larry Rhodes, MD
Chair for the Department of Pediatrics
West Virginia University
Morgantown, WV

Larry Rhodes, MD, motivated by his love for the Mountain State, hopes to bring strong healthcare programs to his home state through his work at West Virginia University and volunteer activities. [Read more]

Hr Nann Worel
Executive Director
People's Health Clinic
Park City, UT

Nann Worel works in an area well known for hosting an annual film festival and the 2002 Winter Olympics, but her focus is squarely on the uninsured and medically underserved population in Utah. [Read more]

Hr Harlan M. Krumholz, MD, SM
Cardiologist, Researcher
Yale University School of Medicine
New Haven, CT

Harlan M. Krumholz, MD, SM, credits the collaborations he's made for advances in industry transparency and patient safety innovations. His work has led to the current national focus on reducing the risk of hospital readmissions. [Read more]

Hr Karen Davis, PhD
Director, Professor
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD

Karen Davis, PhD, paired her interest in statistics and economics with her desire to improve the healthcare system in the United States and access to it. During her time working with the Commonwealth Fund, she has been able to influence many important pieces of healthcare legislation, including the landmark Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act  [Read more]

Hr Jeffrey A. Parker
Calhoun County Dental Center
Anniston, AL

Jeffrey Parker has worked for food corporations and as an executive at his alma mater, but has found his most satisfying work in his position as CEO of the non-profit Calhoun County Dental Center. After eight years of steady growth, it serves as a model for states seeking to improve dental and optical care for their economically disadvantaged populations. [Read more]

Hr Steven Sonenreich
Mount Sinai Medical Center
Miami Beach, FL

Steven Sonenreich made waves when he announced that Mount Sinai Medical Center would start publishing what it charges commercial insurers for procedures. While it turned out he couldn't do exactly what he wanted to, he has not stopped in his efforts to increase transparency. [Read more]

Hr Martin Makary, MD
Johns Hopkins Hospital
Baltimore, MD

Martin Makary, MD, is an outspoken surgical quality advocate who wants "trust restored to healthcare through public reporting and transparency," whether it's pushing for the use of video cameras in operating rooms to better monitor quality, or national requirements for hospitals to report adverse events. [Read more]

Hr Suzanne Delbanco, PhD
Executive Director
Catalyst for Payment Reform
San Fransisco, CA

As the healthcare industry marches slowly but steadily toward a value-based reimbursement model, Suzanne Delbanco, PhD, executive director of Catalyst for Payment Reform, believes harnessing the collective buying power of large healthcare purchasers can and will accelerate the pace of change.[Read more]

Hr James Merlino, MD, FACS, FASCRS
Chief Experience Officer
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH

James Merlino, MD, FACS, FASCRS, has been at the helm of rethinking and redefining patient experience for the Cleveland Clinic since 2009. But, initially, it was a job he didn't want, in a hospital he never wanted to step foot in again. [Read more]

Hr David Green
Social Entrepreneur

David Green might be the most disruptive force in medical devices today. Green's startup companies are disrupting the high-end hearing aid market and the intraocular lens market for correcting the vision of cataract patients. [Read more]

Hr Brad Stuart, MD
Advanced Care Innovation Strategies
Alamo, CA

After an encounter with a patient that changed his life, Brad Stuart, MD, turned his attention to hospice and palliative care. Now, he is part of Sutter Health, working to consult healthcare organizations on advanced illnesses and to reduce its cost the correct way. [Read more]

Hr Jeffrey Brenner, MD
Founder and Executive Director
Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers
Camden, NJ

Jeffrey Brenner, MD, became interesting in providing primary care to highly complex patients as a medical student working in an inner-city free clinic. Today, he focuses on improving care for patients who use a high amount of hospital and emergency services, a group he calls superutilizers. [Read more]

Hr Laurent Gueris
Manager of Environmental Services
Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center
San Pedro, CA

A few years ago, Laurent Gueris noticed how his staff was interacting with their patients, and he wasn't pleased. Since then, he has worked with his 45-member team to improve their interactions with patients. Gueris has seen profound results. [Read more] Hr Cheryl Bartlett, RN
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Boston, MA

Cheryl Bartlett, RN, hasn't been paid as a nurse in many years, but she maintains her nursing license and says she still brings the perspective of a nurse to her job as the commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, where she oversees a more than 3,000 employees and a $906 million budget. [Read more]

Hr Charles Ornstein
Journalist, Author

Over the past three years, through his work at the independent, nonprofit news organization, ProPublica, Charles Ornstein has led several initiatives that have opened up access to critical healthcare data on quality and costs. One notable effort was his push for the release of the federal chargemaster list of prices for 100 types of hospital care. [Read more]





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