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Health CEOs for Health Reform: Members

Scott Armstrong

President and CEO, Group Health Cooperative

Scott Armstrong is president and CEO of Group Health Cooperative, one of the nation's largest consumer-governed health care systems. Armstrong has been with Group Health since 1986-in positions ranging from assistant hospital administrator to chief operating officer (COO). He became president and CEO in January 2005.

Armstrong has more than 25 years of experience in health care and was the assistant vice president for hospital operations at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio, before joining Group Health. He is a board member of the Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP), America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), and the Seattle Chamber of Commerce. He is also chair of the Board of the Pacific Science Center and a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Armstrong received a Bachelor of Arts from Hamilton College in New York and a Master of Arts in business with a concentration in hospital administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He and his wife Sarah live in Seattle. They have two grown daughters.

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Bruce G. Bodaken

Chairman, President and CEO, Blue Shield of California

Bruce Bodaken is chairman, president and CEO of Blue Shield of California, a 3.3 million member not-for-profit health plan that serves the commercial, individual and government markets in California.

A native of Iowa, Mr. Bodaken doesn't fit the typical profile of a health plan CEO. He earned a masters degree and taught philosophy at the college level before embarking on a career in health care.

During Mr. Bodaken's eight-year tenure as CEO, Blue Shield has been among the fastest growing health plans in California. Membership and revenues have more than doubled and the company won two large government contracts covering California state employees and U.S. military families enrolled in the TRICARE program.

Passionate about his company's not-for-profit mission, in 2002 Mr. Bodaken became the first health plan CEO to offer a specific proposal for universal healthcare coverage. His plan for universal coverage based on shared responsibility is similar to President-elect Obama's current proposal. He also transformed the Blue Shield of California Foundation into one of the state's largest healthcare grantmakers, with nearly $100 million in donations in the past three years.

In addition to his work at Blue Shield, Mr. Bodaken serves on numerous professional and civic boards. He is a director of the California Business Roundtable, WageWorks, the University of California, Berkeley's Health Services Management Program, and Youth Tennis Advantage (serving inner-city youth). He is co-author of The Managerial Moment of Truth, published by Simon & Schuster (Free Press) in 2006.


Lloyd Dean

President/CEO, Catholic Healthcare West

Lloyd H. Dean is President/Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Healthcare West (CHW), one of the leading not-for-profit healthcare systems in the United States. In this executive management role, Mr. Dean is responsible for $11 billion in assets and the overall management, strategy and direction of CHW's integrated healthcare system comprising 41 acute-care hospitals, as well as medical clinics, home health organizations, two health plans, five medical practice groups, and an estimated 53,000 employees and 10,000 physicians in California, Arizona and Nevada.

Mr. Dean has proven skills in multi-hospital system leadership, cultural integration, financial turnarounds, system operations, service quality, business development and revenue growth. When Mr. Dean joined CHW in June 2000, the organization had gone through several years of steep annual operating losses. Today, CHW is fiscally sound, with a strong balance sheet and A-level credit ratings from all three major bond rating organizations; and two thirds of CHW hospitals are first or second in the markets they serve.

Previously, Mr. Dean was executive vice president and chief operating officer of Advocate Health Care, a faith-based integrated healthcare delivery system in Oak Brook, IL. In 2004, Mr. Dean was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to the California Commission for Jobs and Economic Growth. In February 2006, Mr. Dean was appointed co-chair of San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom's Universal Healthcare Council and in August 2006 co-chair of the Healthy San Francisco (formerly San Francisco Health Access) Program Advisory Committee. Mr. Dean is also co-founder of several healthcare reform coalitions, including the national Health CEOs for Health Reform, formed in association with the New America Foundation.

Currently, he is chair of the Board of Trustees of the Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA) where he oversees advocacy efforts for Catholic healthcare in the United States. He is also a member of the CHA board's Executive Committee and recently served as the board's Secretary/ Treasurer. Mr. Dean serves on the Board of Directors of Wells Fargo & Company, one of the world's largest diversified financial services company and is a member of Wells Fargo & Company board's Compliance Committee, Finance Committee and Audit and Examination Committee. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Mercy Housing, Inc., a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to developing, operating and financing affordable housing. Mr. Dean also serves as the vice-chairman of the Board of Directors for the Bay Area Council, the business-sponsored, public-policy advocacy organization for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area.

Modern Healthcare magazine has named Mr. Dean one of the 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare for 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008; and one of the Top 25 Minority Leaders in Healthcare for 2006, 2007 and 2008.

Mr. Dean is the recipient of the Partners in Care 2007 Mathies Award. In 2004, the 100 Black Men of the Bay Area, Inc. recognized him with the Community Service Award and in 2005, the 100 Black Men of the Bay Area Award.


Kenneth C. Frazier

Executive Vice President & President, Global Human Health, Merck & Co., Inc.

Professional Experience

Merck & Co., Inc.
Executive Vice President and President, Global Human Health, 2007
Executive Vice President and General Counsel, 2006
Senior Vice President and General Counsel, 1999-2006
Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, 1999
Vice President, Public Affairs and Assistant General Counsel, 1997-1998
Vice President, Public Affairs, 1994-1996

Astra Merck
Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, 1992-1994

Drinker Biddle & Reath, 1978-1992
Partner in Litigation Department

J.D., Harvard Law School, 1978
B.A., Political Science, Pennsylvania State University, 1975

Bar Admissions
Supreme Court of the United States, 2002
Pennsylvania State Bar, 1978
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1978

Board and Other Memberships
Board Member, Cornerstone Christian Academy
Board Member, Ithaka (a non-profit information technology organization)
Member, Council of the American Law Institute
Member, American Bar Association
Member, Council on Foreign Relations

Patricia A. Gabow, MD

Chief Executive Officer, Denver Health

Dr. Gabow received her undergraduate degree from Seton Hill College, and her M.D. Degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She trained in Internal Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Harbor General Hospital in Torrance, California. She received further training in Nephrology at San Francisco General Hospital and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Gabow joined the staff of Denver Health and Hospitals in 1973 as Chief of the Renal Division.

In 1981 she became Director of the Medical Service. She became Deputy Manager of Medical Affairs in 1989 and Manager (CEO) of DHH in 1992. Currently, she is CEO of Denver Health. Denver Health is a highly integrated public healthcare system, which is the principal safety-net institution for Denver and Colorado.

She is also a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Renal Disease at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She has authored 150 articles and book chapters. Dr. Gabow is a member of numerous professional societies including the Association of American Physicians and is the recipient of numerous awards and professional distinctions including the American Medical Association's Nathan Davis Award for an Outstanding Public Servant; the University of Colorado's Florence Rena Sabin Award and has been inducted to Colorado's Women Hall of Fame. She has been named as one of the top 25 women in health care, one of the top 50 physician executives, and one of the 100 most powerful people in American health care. She is recipient of the 2008 National Healthcare Leadership Award.


Gary S. Kaplan, MD

Chairman & CEO, Virginia Mason Medical Center

Gary S. Kaplan, MD, FACP, FACMPE, FACPE, has served as Chairman and CEO of the Virginia Mason Health System since 2000. Dr. Kaplan received his medical degree from the University of Michigan and is board-certified in internal medicine.

Since Dr. Kaplan became Chairman and CEO, Virginia Mason has received significant national and international recognition, including HealthGrades' "Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence" for three consecutive years. Recently, Virginia Mason was one of 26 hospitals and seven children's hospitals named 2008 Top Hospitals in the nation by The Leapfrog Group. Virginia Mason was the only hospital in the Pacific Northwest to be listed.

Virginia Mason is also a national leader in deploying the Toyota Production System to health-care management - reducing the high costs of health care while improving quality, safety and efficiency.

In addition to his patient-care duties and position as CEO, Dr. Kaplan is a clinical professor at the University of Washington and has been recognized for his service and contribution to many regional and national boards, including the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, the Medical Group Management Association, the National Patient Safety Foundation, the American Heart Association - King County Division and the Washington Healthcare Forum.

In 2007, Dr. Kaplan was designated a fellow in the American College of Physician Executives and was named the 18th most influential U.S. physician leader in health care by Modern Healthcare magazine. Recently, Dr. Kaplan was named 41st on Modern Healthcare's list of "100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare." Dr. Kaplan joined Bill Gates, ranked third, as the only other leader from Washington state to make the list.


Donna Katen-Bahensky

President and CEO, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics

Donna Katen-Bahensky began her tenure as President and CEO at University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in February 2008. University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics is one of the nation's leading academic medical centers with nationally recognized programs in organ transplant, heart and vascular care, cancer care, neurosciences, pediatrics and orthopedics. This 529-bed tertiary care center consists of the University Hospital, the American Family Children's Hospital, an NCI designated cancer center, and Level 1 trauma and burn centers.

Previously, Katen-Bahensky served as Chief Executive Officer of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, as well as the Senior Associate Vice President for Medical Affairs at University of Iowa Health Care. Katen-Bahensky also served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System and Medical College of Virginia Hospitals and Clinics. In addition, Ms. Katen-Bahensky serves as chairwoman of the American Heart Association's Midwest Affiliate Board of Directors. She has also served as a board member for multiple community non-profit organizations including the United Way, Ronald McDonald House and American Red Cross. In 2008, she was named a "Family Champion" by Working Mother magazine and was made a lifetime member in the Girl Scouts of the USA for her contributions to the program.

Katen-Bahensky began her career at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, where she rose to Hospital Chief Operating Officer after having started as the Director of Strategic Planning and Marketing and completing an administrative residency at the University of Michigan Hospitals. She received her B.A. in anthropology and a master's of science degree in public health administration, with an emphasis in health services management, from the University of Missouri in Columbia.


Anthony R. Tersigni, EdD, FACHE

President and Chief Executive Officer, Ascension Health

Dr. Anthony Tersigni was appointed President and CEO of Ascension Health on June 18, 2004. Prior to his appointment as President and CEO, he served as Ascension Health’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer from January 2001 through December 2003. He was interim CEO for the System beginning in January 2004.

From 1995 to 2000, Dr. Tersigni was President and Chief Executive Officer at St. John Health, Detroit, Ascension Health’s largest integrated health system. He also served the St. John system as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer from 1994 to 1995.

He has held senior leadership positions for numerous other healthcare organizations, including the Sisters of St. Joseph Health System, Ann Arbor, Mich.; Sisters of Charity Health Care Systems, Cincinnati; the Detroit Medical Center, Detroit; and Hospital Corporation of America, Nashville, Tenn.

Since 1985, Dr. Tersigni has been a Clinical Professor of Health and Behavioral Sciences at Oakland University, Rochester, Mich.

Dr. Tersigni has served as a board member of many professional and civic organizations and is currently a board member of the Detroit Economic Club and The National Catholic Bioethics Center, and serves as national development co-chair for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. He also serves on the boards of the Catholic Health Association of the United States, the United Way of Greater St. Louis, Inc., the St. Louis Regional Business Council, the St. Louis Regional Chamber & Growth Association where he serves on the Executive Committee, and he is a member of the Board of the Coalition to Protect America’s Health Care. He has been appointed a member of the Board of Governors of Legatus International and a member of the Board of Trustees of The Catholic University of America.

Dr. Tersigni was listed as one of Modern Healthcare’s 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare in 2006, 2007 and 2008. He is the recipient of many professional awards. Dr. Tersigni holds a doctorate in the field of leadership/organizational development from Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Mich.


Nicholas Wolter, MD

Chief Executive Officer, Billings Clinic

As CEO of Billings Clinic, based in Billings, Montana, Dr. Wolter leads a fully integrated health system in the northern intermountain Rocky Mountain states. Billings Clinic is a charitable, tax-exempt medical foundation, employing over 3,000 people to support and operate a 225 physician group practice, a 272 bed hospital, 90 bed nursing home, and a Research Center. Billings Clinic provides physician clinic services in multiple rural sites, and also manages seven rural critical access hospitals. Billings Clinic is also one of six equity members of a state-wide HMO, New West Health Services, which was formed as a charitable corporation under Montana law and began operation in 1998. Billings Clinic has focused its core strategy on improvements and outstanding performance in the areas of patient safety, quality, and service to patients and their families.

Dr. Wolter serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Hospital Association (AHA) and of the American Medical Group Association (AMGA). He has served two terms as a Commissioner on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), is a past Chairman of the Board of MHA, an Association of Montana Health Care Providers, and was Chairman of the Board of VHA Mountain States. He continues to serve as a Board member of both MHA and VHA. He was a member of the VHA Health Foundation Board from 2003 to 2006. In 2004, Dr. Wolter was recognized by the Medical Group Management Association as Physician Executive of the Year.

Dr. Wolter received his BA in English at Carleton College, his MA in American Culture at the University of Michigan, and his M.D. at the University of Michigan Medical Center. He completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, New York, and returned to the University of Michigan for a fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Medicine.

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