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

DAYTON, Ohio (February 18, 2021) – Premier Health is proud to announce that its president and CEO, Mary Boosalis, has been recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of its 2021 Top 25 Women Leaders. This is the second consecutive acknowledgement for Boosalis.

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.

View the full list of this year’s winners.

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 has increased to more than 50 percent. 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 has led Premier Health through one of the most significant public health challenges in the organization’s 130-year history, and she has done so with resolve, a collaborative spirit, and an unwavering commitment to our mission to strengthen the health of our communities,” said Anita Moore, chair of Premier Health’s board of trustees. “Receiving this prestigious honor for a second time speaks volumes about Mary’s commitment to our organization and to the people in our region.”

Boosalis 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. She has also led initiatives to address the social determinants of health by supporting many unique and preventive community benefit projects, including a new paramedicine program, a barbershop health screening and education program, and substantial assistance in supporting a new co-op grocery store in an area that has been designated as a food desert.

Throughout 2020, Boosalis has led Premier Health through unprecedented times and an unforgettable COVID-19 pandemic response, including:

  • Opening one of Ohio’s first specimen collection sites at the University of Dayton, providing local residents a safe way to be tested
  • When protective personal equipment supply chains were strained, local partnerships enabled an innovative solution to manufacture isolation gowns
  • Miami Valley Hospital was the first hospital in the nation to provide convalescent plasma therapy using the Mayo Clinic’s protocols
  • The region was represented by Boosalis on national news programs bringing attention to local needs for supplies and resources

“Honorees of the 2021 Top 25 Women Leaders in Healthcare award program have a mission to combat the longstanding imbalance of gender equity at the top rungs of leadership by promoting and hiring more female executives. They serve as mentors and create workplaces that embrace diversity and inclusion. And last year, they did this all while guiding their organizations through a global pandemic,” said Modern Healthcare editor, Aurora Aguilar. “The honorees, chosen out of hundreds of nominations, represent passionate leadership and measurable results in bringing greater diversity to the C-suite and beyond.”

Boosalis is a diplomat of the American College of Healthcare Executives. She is a member of the Board of the Ohio Hospital Association and the Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association Board. She currently serves as the chair 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 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.

In 2019, Modern Healthcare recognized Boosalis as being one of the Top 25 Women Leaders in Healthcare in the country. In 2020, Modern Healthcare named Mary to the national list of 50 Most Influential Clinical Executives. She has also been named to the Top 10 Women list by the Dayton Daily News, has been recognized as an Ohio Most Powerful and Influential Woman by the Ohio Diversity Council, and as a Woman of Influence by the Dayton YWCA.  She was honored as a member of the inaugural class of the Dayton Business Hall of Fame.

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