Boosalis Named to Modern Healthcare’s Top 25 Women Leaders List

DAYTON, Ohio (February 19, 2019) – Premier Health is proud to announce that its president and CEO, Mary Boosalis, has been recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of its 2019 Top 25 Women Leaders.

The highly selective awards program, which recognizes female health care executives from across the country every two years, acknowledges executives who are influencing policy and care delivery models nationwide. In doing so, it highlights the continued need to nurture diversity in health care leadership. 

Boosalis has held numerous leadership roles at Premier Health since joining Miami Valley Hospital in 1986. She became the first woman to lead Premier Health upon being named president and CEO in 2017. Under her leadership, the percentage of Premier Health vice presidents who are women increased to 60 percent in 2018 from 52 percent just a few years earlier. The health system also continues to make great strides in promoting diversity; in recent years, more than half of its construction spending has been with diverse suppliers.

“Mary is a bold and visionary leader, and she surrounds herself with the best and most qualified people in the industry, leveraging their skills and abilities to make solid decisions that benefit Premier Health, our patients and the greater community,” said Anita Moore, chair of Premier Health’s board of trustees. “Mary truly is an uncommon leader.”

“Unfortunately, the gender gap plagues health care just as much as it does other industries,” said Aurora Aguilar, editor for Modern Healthcare. “Women CEOs comprise an estimated 30 percent (at most) of the overall C-suite. But the executives named to this year’s Top 25 Women Leaders list exemplify how diversity results in success, both clinically and financially.”

Boosalis’ application details her leadership in delivering health care in innovative ways, positioning Premier Health as the first health system in the Dayton region to offer care virtually, whereby people can access providers via video or phone chat 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In 2018, the health system also continued to expand its telehealth network, not only for strokes and other emergent cases but also for nonemergency care that allows residents in smaller, more rural areas to receive care closer to home. The health system also recently announced a hub-and-spoke multi-specialty medical office model to enhance access and convenience of care for patients.

Boosalis also continues to support an innovative executive internship program that initially brought her to Dayton and continues its successful run to this day. The program serves as a key pipeline of young professional talent at Premier Health, with many program participants going on to become top leaders at the health system.

Boosalis also has been a strong advocate for partnerships with like-minded organizations that help Premier Health deliver health care at a value to the community and address public health challenges such as the region’s overdose crisis.

Boosalis is a member of the Ohio Hospital Association, Midwest Health Collaborative, and the Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association. She currently serves as the chair-elect of the University of Dayton Board of Trustees, and as a member of the Dayton Development Coalition Board, the Dayton Business Committee, the City Manager Advisory Council, and the board of Hub Group, Inc. She is a past member of the Sinclair Community College Board, the Life Connection Board, and is a past chair of the Dayton area’s American Heart Association Board. Boosalis has been named to the Top 10 Women list by the Dayton Daily News, and has been recognized as an Ohio Most Powerful and Influential Woman by the Ohio Diversity Council. The Dayton YWCA has recognized her as a Woman of Influence, and she was honored as an inaugural member of the Dayton Business Hall of Fame.

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