Kevin Lofton, president and chief executive officer of Denver-based Catholic Health Initiatives, has been named one of the “100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare.” It’s the sixth straight year that Lofton has been named to the prestigious list published annually by Modern Healthcare, the only national weekly business magazine devoted to covering the health care industry. Lofton, a former board chair of the American Hospital Association, is ranked No. 58 on this year’s list. President Obama is No. 1 for the second straight year.
As the top executive of CHI since August 2003, Lofton oversees the third-largest faith-based health system in the nation, with 73 hospitals in 18 states. Lofton, who has made the “100 Most Powerful” list in seven of its nine years in existence, is the only hospital executive in Colorado to be included in this year’s ranking.
Before joining CHI, Lofton was the chief executive officer of 908-bed University of Alabama Hospital in Birmingham. He also served as chief executive officer of 515-bed Howard University Hospital, a vital safety net facility in the nation’s capital; and as chief operating officer of 517-bed University Medical Center, Jacksonville, Fla. His background in top leadership positions in so many diverse organizations provides a unique perspective on the problems and challenges facing the nation’s health care system.
About Catholic Health Initiatives: CHI is a national nonprofit health organization with headquarters in Denver. The faith-based system operates in 18 states and includes 73 hospitals; 40 long-term care, assisted- and residential-living facilities; and two community health-services organizations. Together, those facilities provided $553 million during the 2009 fiscal year in charity care and community benefit, including services for the poor, free clinics, education and research. With annual revenues of $8.6 billion, CHI is the nation’s third-largest Catholic health care system.