Steven Schroeder Award for Outstanding Healthcare CEO

Has your healthcare CEO been working tirelessly to improve the quality and affordability of healthcare in your community? If so,

*All nominees must be CEOs of hospitals and/or health systems that reported to the free, 2024 Leapfrog Hospital Survey.

(If your hospital and/or health system did not report to the free survey, but would like to, please visit here for more information.)

Dr Steven Schroeder
Dr. Steven Schroeder

The Steven Schroeder Award for Outstanding Healthcare CEO was created to recognize a hospital and/or health system CEO who has demonstrated courageous and ethical leadership in addressing the twin issues of affordability and quality of health care in their community.

Congratulations to the 2023 Steven Schroeder Award recipient, Mr. Charles Holland, President and CEO of St. Bernard Hospital, an independent, Catholic safety-net community hospital proudly serving residents of the Englewood neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side.

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Charles Holland

The recipient of the December 17th, 2024 award will be prominently recognized at the Leapfrog Group Annual Meeting on December 2024 in Washington, DC.

The award will recognize leadership in measurably reducing patient harm and saving dollars at the same time. Examples of leadership the Award seeks to recognize include:

  • Reducing infections and errors leading to reductions in length of stay and other measurable impacts on patient affordability;
  • “Patient-friendly” billing practices and policies such as outcome “guarantees” and waiver of fees associated with avoidable harm;
  • Innovative consumer-friendly price and quality transparency tools accessible to diverse populations;
  • Counselors, social workers, and/or community outreach, that help patients advocate and engage with the health system to achieve the very best, most affordable care for themselves and their families;
  • Preventive practices that measurably reduce the need for acute care services;
  • Maternity and post-partum care practices that reduce unnecessary and expensive medical interventions
  • Application of Choosing Wisely and other clinician best practices to improve cost and quality
  • Fostering nursing leadership and engagement to improve patient safety and demonstrate cost savings to patients

The Outstanding Healthcare CEO award is named in honor of Steven Schroeder, MD, Distinguished Professor of Health and Health Care at the University of California San Francisco and former President and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Dr. Schroeder has spent five decades inspiring and mentoring leaders to forcefully advocate for better quality and more affordable health care, and he has inspired leaders of both Costs of Care and The Leapfrog Group.

Past recipients of the award include J. Stephen Jones, MD, President and CEO of Inova Health System in Northern Virginia; Joanne M. Conroy, MD, CEO and President of Dartmouth Health in New Hampshire; Mr. Carl S. Armato, President and CEO of Novant Health in North Carolina; Mr. John A. DiAngelo, former President and CEO of Inspira Health in New Jersey; and Gary S. Kaplan, MD, former Chairman and CEO of Virginia Mason in Seattle, Washington.

Submit Your Nomination*

*All nominees must be CEOs of hospitals and/or health systems that reported to the free, 2024 Leapfrog Hospital Survey.

(If your hospital and/or health system did not report to the free survey, but would like to, please visit here for more information.)

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