Sister Carol, a Daughter of Charity who is president and CEO of the Catholic Health Association, the trade group for Catholic hospitals, finished first in the sixth annual reader poll conducted by Modern Healthcare magazine of the 100 most powerful people in health care.
From Catholic News Service …
Schwarzenegger, the governor of California, finished third. Mitt Romney, Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts governor, was second.
Sister Carol topped all comers, including presidents, presidential candidates, congressional movers and shakers, federal officials, hospital executives, educators and public policy vanguards in the survey, which was published Aug. 27.
She was ranked 26th in the 2006 survey. Sister Carol had just assumed the CHA presidency the previous November.
Sister Carol, 63, has been a member of the Daughters of Charity for 43 years. She is the first woman to have ever topped the Modern Healthcare list, as well as the first former bedside nurse and the first former hospital CEO to make it to No. 1.
Over the past year, the CHA, under her leadership, has stumped for renewal of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, lobbied for greater access to health care for all, and advocated for the continued tax-exempt status of hospitals.