Terry Shaw, President & CEO, Adventist Health System

Terry Shaw

When Terry Shaw was 14, he was already cleaning grocery stores and warehouses and driving a forklift for a health-food distributor in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. He still recalls carrying 50-pound sacks of red wheat in the 110-degree Texas summers. Today, as president and CEO of Altamonte Springs, Florida-based Adventist Health System, he and his team are still doing the heavy lifting at the faith-based healthcare system, comprising 46 hospital campuses across nine states, with a continuum of integrated care that includes urgent care centers, home health and hospice agencies, physician practices and skilled nursing facilities.

Shaw’s career with Adventist Health System spans more than 30 years, during which time his broad understanding and knowledge of healthcare finance, information technology and overall operations has enabled him to play a pivotal role in defining the organization’s vision and direction. Prior to assuming leadership of the organization, he served as its executive vice president and chief financial officer, a role he held until 2010 when he gained chief operations officer responsibilities. Prior to that, he also held numerous positions at Florida Hospital, Adventist Health System’s flagship, including senior vice president, vice president, assistant vice president and director.

Shaw, who earned a master’s degree in administration from the University of Central Florida and bachelor’s degrees in accounting and computer science from Southern Adventist University, was appointed to the Healthcare Leadership Council, a policy think tank, and serves as vice chairman of the Premier, Inc. board of directors.[…]