March/April 2008

Lofton, Woods Among Top Minority Executives

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Kevin Lofton, president and chief executive officer of Catholic Health Initiatives, and Gene Woods, chief executive officer of Saint Joseph Health System, Lexington, Ky., are on the 2008 list of the Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare, published by Modern Healthcare magazine. Catholic Health Initiatives is the only health care system in the nation with more than one executive on the list. An editorial board reviewed nominations for the biennial list and judged each candidate on five criteria, including whether the nominee:
  • Successfully served as a leader or managed an organization or company.
  • Showed the ability or power to effect change in the health care industry.
  • Demonstrated a willingness to share expertise with others in the field.
  • Served as a role model or mentor to other minority health care executives.
  • Assumed a leadership position in the industry outside of his or her own organization or company.
Modern Healthcare noted Lofton’s leadership of the nation’s second-largest Catholic health care system and position as immediate past chair of the American Hospital Association; and Woods’ oversight of the integration of seven Catholic Health Initiatives hospitals in Kentucky as Saint Joseph Health System.