Bill Manns

Bill Manns is president and chief executive officer for Bronson Healthcare ─ the largest employer and leading healthcare system in southwest Michigan. As the senior executive, he oversees a full range of services from primary care to critical care across more than 100 locations.

Manns, who joined Bronson in 2020, has nearly 30 years of experience in healthcare leadership. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Psychology and a master’s degree in Health Services Administration. In addition to his healthcare-specific background, he is experienced in LEAN and Six Sigma. His current professional memberships include the National Association of Healthcare Executives, the American College of Healthcare Executives, and an appointment by the Governor of Michigan to the Public Health Advisory Council.

Manns serves on several Boards throughout the state of Michigan including the Michigan Health & Hospital Association Service Corporation, Affirmant Health Partners, Bronson Health Foundation, Cascade Engineering, First National Bank of Michigan, Gilmore Car Museum, Southwest Michigan First and Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine.

Bio posted May 2021

      Marc L. Boom, MD, MBA, FACP, FACHE

      Dr. Boom is president and CEO of Houston Methodist and holds the Ella Fondren and Josie Roberts Presidential Distinguished Centennial Chair. Houston Methodist is a hospital system with more than 2,300 beds and 24,000 employees. Its flagship, Houston Methodist Hospital, has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as an Honor Roll hospital and the No. 1 hospital in Texas for nine years in a row – and named an Honor Roll hospital four times. The system also includes a world-renowned research institute as well as seven community hospitals and multiple standalone emergency care centers all serving the Houston region. Houston Methodist is affiliated with a number of academic institutions that support its teaching and research initiatives, including Weill Cornell Medical College, New York Presbyterian Hospital, and Texas A&M University.

      Dr. Boom holds a B.S. in Biology with High Honors from the University of Texas at Austin, an M.D. with High Honors from Baylor College of Medicine, and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He completed a residency in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and fellowships in geriatric medicine and general medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He is board certified in internal medicine and geriatric medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.

      Previously Dr. Boom was executive vice president of The Methodist Hospital, president and CEO of Methodist Diagnostic Hospital and president/CEO/medical director of Baylor-Methodist Primary Care Associates, a network of primary care physicians.

      Dr. Boom is also an assistant professor of medicine at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, an adjunct professor of management, policy and community health at The University of Texas School of Public Health and previously an adjunct professor of Management at Rice University. Dr. Boom is a member of numerous professional and community organizations including the American College of Healthcare Executives, The Leadership Institute, the American College of Physician Executives, the University of Texas College of Natural Sciences Advisory Council; and, the American Heart Association where he is Past-President of the Board for the Houston Office. Dr. Boom is chair-elect of the Texas Hospital Association having previously served on the organization’s board of trustees. He represents Houston Methodist Hospital on the Vizient Consortium CEO Executive Board. Dr. Boom has been a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) since 2012. He served as moderator of the group’s Forum V in 2013-2014. Dr. Boom also serves on the board of Texans By Nature and the Houston Advisory Board of Directors of Amegy Bank. He previously served as chair of the Health Care Advisory Committee of the Greater Houston Partnership. He maintains a part-time clinical practice where his special interests are preventive medicine, lipid disorders, and hypertension.

      Dr. Boom was named CEO Communicator of the Year by the Houston chapter of the Public Relations Society of America in 2014. He was finalist for the 2009 and 2010 Health Care Hero Award by the Houston Business Journal. In 1999, Modern Healthcare magazine named Dr. Boom one of healthcare’s newest leaders – the “Up and Comers.” In the 2007 Modern Healthcare “Up and Comers Yearbook” celebrating 20 years of the list, Dr. Boom was singled out as the “Star Student” of the “Up and Comers Class of 1999.” The American Heart Association awarded Dr. Boom the “2006 Distinguished Service Award” and in 2012, Dr. Boom and his wife Dr. Julie Boom received the “Good Samaritan Award” from Interface-Samaritan Counseling Centers. In 2016, he was selected to receive the year’s American College of Healthcare Executives Regent for Texas – Southeast, Senior-Level Healthcare Executive Award as well as the ACHE’s Recognition Award.

      Dr. Julie Boom is a pediatrician at Texas Children’s Hospital. Her special interests are in vaccine advocacy and research. Married for more than 25 years, the Booms have three children, Kathryn (24), John (21), and Janie (14). They are active members of First Presbyterian Church. Dr. Boom enjoys travel, soccer, gardening, playing the piano and gourmet cooking.

      Bio posted November 2020

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          Michelle Hood

          Michelle Hood is currently executive vice president and chief operating officer of the American Hospital Association.

          Previously she served as president and CEO of Northern Light Health, Brewer, Maine. Northern Light is a $1.8 B integrated healthcare delivery system providing services across the entire state of Maine. Over her 14 year tenure in this position, she oversaw significant organic growth of the system as well as the addition of three hospitals, four skilled facilities, a home care agency, residential hospice services and numeous ground/air ambulance units to the portfolio. As president and CEO of Northern Light, she focused on health care policy and design models at the state and national levels, positioning the system to be successful in a rapidly changing health care environment.

          Ms. Hood received a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University and a Master of Health Care Administration degree from Georgia State University. Prior to her position in Maine, she served as the president and CEO of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health Systems, Montana Region, as well as president and CEO of the Region’s flagship hospital, St. Vincent Healthcare.

          Before coming to the AHA, she had served on the Association’s Board of Trustees and Executive Committee. She is a past chair of the Maine Hospital Association board and is or has been on several community and national boards, including service as chairs of both the University of Maine System Board of Trustees and the Vizient New England Board.

          Ms. Hood is a seasoned executive dedicated to the transformation of the health care delivery and financing models, at both the national and local level. She brings her experience in academic, national faith-based and rural health care integrated systems to the challenges of today’s rapidly changing environment.

          Posted August 2020

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              David Entwistle

              David Entwistle is president and CEO of Stanford Health Care (SHC). He joined SHC in July 2016 with extensive executive experience at leading academic medical centers. Entwistle is a passionate advocate of precision health – tailoring a treatment to a patient’s specific disease or condition as well as focusing on prevention to empower patients to take charge of their health before they become ill.

              Among the factors that attracted him to SHC are the unparalleled technologies available in Silicon Valley that help advance health care through better application of technology for individuals. According to Entwistle, SHC is extremely well-situated to be able to apply innovative technology, such as wearable devices that track activity or monitor blood glucose levels, to improve health.

              Before joining SHC, he served for nine years as CEO of the University of Utah Hospital & Clinics (UUHC), the only academic medical center in the Intermountain West region. While serving at UUHC, Entwistle received the Modern Healthcare “Up and Comers Award,” for significant contributions in health care administration, management or policy.

              He previously served as senior vice president and chief operating officer at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison, Wis., from 2002-2007; and as vice president of professional services and joint venture operations at City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte, Calif.

              As a recognized health care thought leader, Entwistle serves on the boards of the American Hospital Association, the AAMC Council of Teaching Hospitals, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, and Vizient. He is the past chair of the Utah Hospital Association and was appointed by the governor of Utah to the state’s Medicaid Task Force.

              Entwistle is an avid cyclist who enjoys both road and mountain biking, often accompanied by his teenage son. He also competes in Ironman Triathlons. He tweets at @DEntwistleSHC.


              Posted December 2019
                  Eugene Woods, MBA, MHA of Atrium Health

                  Eugene A. Woods, MBA, MHA, FACHE

                  Eugene A. Woods, MBA, MHA, FACHE, is president and chief executive officer of Atrium Health, one of the most comprehensive and highly integrated not-for-profit healthcare systems in the nation. With 44 hospitals, over 900 care locations and an annual net revenue of nearly $10 billion, Atrium Health is responsible for more than 11.5 million patient interactions each year.

                  Woods joined Atrium Health in April 2016 and quickly collaborated with the organization’s more than 65,000 teammates to unite around a redefined vision to be the first and best choice for care and a new mission statement to improve health, elevate hope and advance healing – for all. During his tenure, Atrium Health also has been recognized as one of the Best Employers for Diversity, for new grads and for Women by Forbes; number one on the list of Best Places to Work for Women & Diverse Managers by DiversityMBA; one of the 150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare by Becker’s Healthcare; and the number one military-friendly employer in the country. In addition, the organization has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report, Leapfrog Group and the American Nurses Credentialing Center as among the very best in the nation and honored by the American Hospital Association with the Equity of Care Award and one of the first-ever Quest for Quality honors.

                  One of today’s most prominent leaders in healthcare, Woods is passionate about protecting and expanding access and coverage to all Americans, better engaging with our communities to advance positive health outcomes and achieving equity of care by eliminating disparities. He has long been active as a leader among his peers in the American Hospital Association, including a term as chairman of the board of trustees in 2017. Woods also currently serves on the boards of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond and Best Buy, and is a member of Becker’s Healthcare’s Advisory Board, and the Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council.

                  Woods has more than 25 years of healthcare leadership experience, having overseen non-profit and for-profit managed hospitals, academic and community-based delivery systems and rural and urban facilities. He previously was president and chief operating officer of 75 clinics and outpatient centers, and 30,000 associates, where he oversaw acute, post-acute and international operations for facilities in the United States, Mexico and Chile. Previously, he served in dual roles at Catholic Health Initiatives – as CEO of Saint Joseph Health System and as senior vice president responsible for implementing national initiatives for the faith-based organization, which operates in 18 states. Prior to that, he served as COO of MedStar Washington Hospital Center, a 968-bed teaching hospital located in Washington, D.C.

                  Recently, Woods was renamed as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare, taking spot No. 25, as well as one of Modern Healthcare’s Top-25 Minority Executives in Healthcare for the fourth consecutive year. His numerous professional distinctions also include being named one of the 50 Great African American Leaders as well as one of the 100 Great Leaders in Healthcare by Becker’s Healthcare; one of the Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America by Savoy Magazine; one of the Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America by Black Enterprise; one of the Most Admired CEOs of 2018 by the Charlotte Business Journal; Senior Executive of the Year by the National Association of Health Service Executives; and Alumni of the Year by the Pennsylvania State University.

                  Woods holds three degrees from the Pennsylvania State University: a bachelor’s degree in health planning and administration, a master’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in health administration.

                  Updated January 2019

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                      Howard Kern

                      Howard P. Kern, FACHE

                      Howard Kern is President and Chief Executive Officer of Sentara Healthcare, a not-for-profit integrated health system located in Virginia with net revenues of $6.3 billion. Sentara is comprised of 12 acute care hospitals, 7 nursing and rehabilitation centers and one assisted living community in Virginia and northeastern North Carolina, with approximately 1,000 providers in its four medical groups. Sentara also operates a health plan with 500,000 covered lives in Virginia, North Carolina and Ohio. Sentara has continually ranked as one of the most integrated health care networks in the United States by Modern Healthcare magazine, and is the only health care system in the nation to be named in the top 10 continuously since the survey began.

                      Sentara Healthcare was named to the Forbes 2018 America’s Best Employers list (5,000+ employees), ranking #177 out of 500 companies in the Best Large Employers category. Sentara was nationally recognized as a Top 15 Health System in 2018 by IBM Watson Health (formerly Truven Analytics) in the large system category. In addition, U.S. News & World Report recently ranked five of Sentara’s hospitals in their 2018 “Best Hospitals” Edition.

                      Mr. Kern was recognized as #58 on Modern Healthcare’s 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare in 2018. His executive management experience includes 38 years in hospital, managed health insurance, ambulatory services and healthcare finance. Mr. Kern obtained his Masters in Health Administration from the Medical College of Virginia, and is on the faculty as a lecturer in the School of Health Administration. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and also completed the CEO Program for Health Care Leadership at the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

                      He serves on numerous corporate and community boards including E3 (Elevate Early Education), Future Hampton Roads, Hampton Roads Business Roundtable, Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance (HREDA), MDLive, ReInvent Hampton Roads, Virginia Biosciences Health Research Corporation, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Virginia Wesleyan University and Vizient.


                      Updated November 2018

                          Patricia A. Maryland, DrPH

                          Patricia A. Maryland, Dr.PH, is the President, Healthcare Operations and Chief Operating Officer of Ascension Healthcare. She previously served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of St. John Providence Health System, Warren, Michigan, and as the Michigan Ministry Market Leader for Ascension Health, where she provided strategic and operational leadership for St. John Providence Health System while promoting alignment among Health Ministries within the Michigan market and with the System Office on issues related to Mission and Vision.

                          Prior to her appointment as President and CEO at St. John Providence Health System and as the Michigan Ministry Market Leader, Dr. Maryland served as the President, St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital, and also as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for St. Vincent Health. In this dual role she oversaw operations for St. Vincent Hospitals and Health Services, the flagship tertiary hospital of the St. Vincent Health system. In addition, the executives for St. Vincent Women’s Hospital, St. Vincent Children’s Hospital, Stress Center and St. Vincent Carmel Hospital reported directly to her.

                          Dr. Maryland has extensive experience in strategic planning, patient care operations, service line management, finance, clinical program development and evaluation. At St. Vincent Health she helped to create six Centers of Excellence, and developed an agreement with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center to enhance the pediatric sub-specialty services to St. Vincent Children’s Hospital. Under her leadership, St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital received top-ranking recognition by Anthem, Leapfrog and Healthgrades, and received the Consumer Choice Award nine years straight.

                          Before joining St. Vincent Health, Dr. Maryland served as President of Sinai-Grace Hospital and Senior Vice President of Detroit Medical Center. She also served as Executive Vice President / Chief Operating Officer at North Oakland Medical Centers, Pontiac, Michigan, and worked for 15 years at Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Ohio.

                          Dr. Maryland received a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics from Alabama State University, Montgomery, and a master’s degree in biostatistics from the University of California, Berkeley. She holds a Doctorate of Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh, concentrating in health services administration and planning.

                          While at St. Vincent, Dr. Maryland served as Chairperson of the Citizens’ Health Care Working Group, a group mandated by the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003.

                          She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, National Association of Health Services Executives and the Medical Group Management Association. The Cleveland Clinic Foundation honored her with a Women of Professional Excellence award in 1986. She received the 2003 Leadership in Healthcare Award from the Detroit Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the 2003 Woman of the Year Award from the Beta Omicron Zeta Chapter for outstanding accomplishments in improving and providing quality healthcare. In 2003, Sinai-Grace Hospital won the Governors Quality Award. In 2006, she was given the top healthcare executive award by the Indiana Minority Health Coalition.

                          Dr. Maryland has publications covering topics as varied as gerontology, community health and emergency medical services systems. She is also involved with various community associations and sits on many boards.

                              Wright L. Lassiter, III

                              July 20, 2020 | AHA board names Wright Lassiter, III, chair-elect designate

                              Wright L. Lassiter, III is the President and CEO of Henry Ford Health System, overseeing the $5.5 billion health system comprised of six hospitals, a health plan and a wide range of ambulatory and retail health services consisting of more than 60 clinical locations and 28,000 employees.

                              Lassiter joined Henry Ford in December 2014 as president. In his first year, he led the Board and senior management team through a comprehensive strategic planning effort to position Henry Ford for the future. In addition, he oversaw two successful mergers, one with Allegiance Health in Jackson, Michigan, and the other with HealthPlus of Michigan, a health plan based in Flint, expanding the geographic footprint of the System and
                              generating an additional $1 billion in revenue.

                              A seasoned health care executive, Lassiter has more than 25 years of experience working in large, complex health systems, including Methodist Health System in Dallas and JPS Health Network in Fort Worth, Texas. Prior to joining Henry Ford, Lassiter was CEO of Alameda Health System in Oakland, California, where he was credited with leading the expansion and turnaround of the $865 million public health system, achieving eight
                              years of positive financial performance, The Joint Commission Top Performer status, significant increases in patient engagement and reductions in patient harm.

                              Lassiter’s work has received many national accolades, most notably “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare in 2016” by Modern Healthcare; 2016/2012 “Top 25 Minority Healthcare Executives in U.S. Healthcare” by Modern Healthcare; 2014 “Top Blacks in U.S. Healthcare” by the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions; and 2011 “20 People Who Make Healthcare Better” in the U.S by HealthLeaders. Fast Company prominently featured Lassiter’s work to rebuild Alameda.

                              An avid community leader, Lassiter has held volunteer positions at the United Way, Salvation Army and YMCA. Currently, he serves on the boards of the American Hospital Association, America’s Essential Hospitals, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago – Detroit Branch, Detroit Regional Chamber, LeMoyne College, City Year Detroit, and YMCA-USA National Board of Directors.

                              Lassiter received his master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Indiana University where he graduated number one in his class, and completed his bachelor’s degree with honors in Chemistry from LeMoyne College in Syracuse.


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                                  Johnese Spisso, RN, MPA

                                  Johnese Spisso assumed the position of President of UCLA Health, CEO of UCLA Hospital System and Associate Vice Chancellor of UCLA Health Sciences in 2016. She is a nationally recognized academic healthcare leader with 30 years of experience, and oversees all operations of UCLA’s hospitals and clinics as well as the health system’s regional outreach strategy.

                                  Before coming to UCLA, Spisso spent 20 years at UW Medicine where she was chief health system officer and vice president of medical affairs for the University of Washington. While there, she played a major role in expanding collaborations with regional hospitals and helped to lead development of a statewide trauma system.

                                  Spisso received a master’s degree in health care administration and public administration from the University of San Francisco, and a bachelor’s degree in health sciences from Chapman College. She earned her RN at the St. Francis School of Nursing. She is a published author and serves on several national boards, including the American Association of Medical Colleges’ Council of Teaching Hospitals and Health Systems.