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KentuckyOne Health executives named to list of top women health system leaders

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Oct. 19, 2012) —Becker’s Hospital Review has named two female leaders from KentuckyOne Health to its annual list, “120 Women Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know.”

Ruth Brinkley, CEO of KentuckyOne Health, and Valinda Rutledge, CEO of Jewish Hospital and KentuckyOne Health Louisville Market Leader, were included in the list of 120 women who demonstrate outstanding leadership within the hospital and healthcare industry. Honorees were selected based on a wide range of management and leadership skills, including oversight of hospital or health system operations, financial turnarounds and quality improvement initiatives.

This is the seventh time that Becker’s Hospital Review has honored Brinkley as a leader in healthcare, the fourth for Rutledge. Both leaders have appeared multiple times on lists of top “Women Hospital and Healthcare Leaders” and top “Hospital and Health System Leaders.”

Brinkley was named CEO of KentuckyOne Health in January 2012. The organization formed that same month from the merger of Jewish Hospital and St. Mary’s HealthCare in Louisville and Saint Joseph Health System in Lexington, Ky. Previously, Brinkley served as president and chief executive officer of Southern Arizona’s largest health care system, Carondelet Health Network, a part of Ascension Health and was responsible for overseeing Ascension’s operations in Idaho and Washington.

In July 2012, Rutledge was named president of Jewish Hospital in Louisville, Ky., and leader of KentuckyOne Health’s Louisville market. Previously, she served as director of Patient Care Models Group for CMS’ Center for Innovation. Ms. Rutledge previously spent time as CEO of CaroMont Health in Gastonia, N.C., and Bon Secours Saint Francis Health System in Greenville, S.C.

Becker’s Hospital Review features business and legal news and analysis relating to hospitals and health systems. The “120 Women Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know” list is produced annually.