Dignity Health and Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) have come together as CommonSpirit Health, creating a new nonprofit Catholic health system focused on advancing health for all people and serving communities in 21 states.
Kevin E. Lofton, Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Health Initiatives, has been named by Modern Healthcare magazine as one of the “Top 25 Minorities Executives in Healthcare.” Lofton, who has led CHI for more than a decade, has been named to all five biennial listings of top minority health care executives since the magazine began the exclusive roster in 2006.
Lofton, former chair of the American Hospital Association’s board of directors, is widely recognized as a national leader in the industry and oversees a $10.7 billion health care ministry that is among the largest in the nation. He also ranked No. 30 in Modern Healthcare’s most recent annual listing of the “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare.”
Also named to this year’s list of “Top Minorities in Healthcare” was Ruth Brinkley, president and chief executive officer of KentuckyOne Health, a Louisville, Ky.-based health system that is part of CHI.
Modern Healthcare, the only weekly national magazine covering the health care industry, reviewed scores of nominations for the “Top Minority Executive” listing this year, judging them on these criteria: Whether the candidate: successfully served as a leader or managed an organization or company; showed the ability or power to effect change in the healthcare industry; demonstrated a willingness to share expertise with others in the field; served as a role model or mentor to other minority healthcare executives; assumed a leadership position in the industry outside of the candidate's own organization or company.
About Catholic Health Initiatives: Catholic Health Initiatives, a nonprofit, faith-based health system formed in 1996 through the consolidation of four Catholic health systems, expresses its mission each day by creating and nurturing healthy communities in the hundreds of sites across the nation where it provides care. One of the nation’s largest health systems, Englewood, Colo.-based CHI operates in 18 states and comprises 89 hospitals, including four academic medical centers, and 23 critical-access facilities; community health services organizations; accredited nursing colleges; home-health agencies; and other facilities that span the inpatient and outpatient continuum of care.