More Physicians, Nurses Leading Hospitals

Oct 22, 2013, 2:00 PM

Doctors, nurses, and other health professionals are increasingly taking on top leadership positions at hospitals, Fierce Healthcare reports, likely because of the changing health care delivery system.

The trend is taking root in several states. In Texas, Baylor All Saints is headed by a former surgeon. The president of Texas Health Harris Methodist Fort Worth is a former intensive care unit nurse, and her immediate superior who oversees operations for 12 regional hospitals is a physician, the Forth-Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Presence Saint Francis Hospital and Presence Saint Joseph Hospital in Illinois announced this month that a physician and board-certified specialist in infectious diseases would take over as president and CEO, according to Fierce Healthcare. Portsmouth Regional Hospital in New Hampshire is run by a registered nurse, Foster's Daily Democrat reports.

Among the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) scholars in top leadership positions at hospitals is RWJF Executive Nurse Fellow Kim Moore, RN, MSN, FACHE, the president of Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center in Lincoln, Nebraska.

This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF Human Capital Blog. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the authors.