NCHL Identifies “BOLD” Organizations That Are Preparing Leaders To Transform Healthcare

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Nineteen health systems are being recognized for their evidence-based leadership development practices that will be shared with organizations throughout the country to help them prepare future leaders and achieve organizational excellence.

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Best Organizations for Leadership Development

We congratulate those BOLD organizations for their innovation and commitment to leadership development, and hope to see their examples benefit other health systems.

The National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL) has identified 19 leading “BOLD” healthcare organizations that are using evidence-based leadership development practices to achieve excellence and improve the quality of healthcare in their communities. These organizations were selected from 120 health systems that participated in NCHL’s 2014 National Health Leadership Survey.

BOLD — Best Organizations for Leadership Development—is NCHL’s platform to recognize those organizations that are leading the field in preparing current and future generations who are transforming our health system.

"BOLD honors health systems for their leadership development work, which importantly, will be available to organizations throughout the country to give them tools to assess the effectiveness of their approach to preparing current and future leaders as a critical factor in achieving organizational excellence,” NCHL Chief Executive Officer Andrew N. Garman said. “We congratulate those BOLD organizations for their innovation and commitment to leadership development and hope to see their examples benefit other health systems.”

The ten highest ranking BOLD organizations are: Banner Health (Phoenix); Cleveland Clinic (Cleveland); Cone Health (Greensboro, NC); Duke Regional Hospital, (Durham, NC); Henry Ford Health System (Detroit); Mountain States Health Alliance (Johnson City, TN); North Shore-LIJ Health System (Great Neck, NY); Presbyterian Healthcare Services (Albuquerque); Sutter Healthcare (Sacramento); and UT Southwestern Medical Center (Dallas).

Nine organizations that received honorable mention recognition are: Baylor Health Care System (Dallas); Cancer Treatment Centers of America (Boca Raton, FL); Lee Memorial Health System (Fort Myers, FL); Lincoln County Public Hospital District #3 (Davenport, WA); Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford (Palo Alto, CA ); Sentara Healthcare (Norfolk, VA); Stanford Healthcare (Palo Alto, CA); University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation (Madison, WI); and Yale-New Haven Hospital (New Haven, CT).

NCHL will recognize these organizations at its inaugural BOLD luncheon that is being held in conjunction with NCHL’s 2014 Human Capital Investment Conference on November 20-21 at the InterContinental Hotel in Chicago. On November 20, industry leaders will explore innovative ways to succeed during times of disruption, followed that evening by the tenth annual NCHL Leadership Award Dinner. Nancy M. Schlichting, CEO Henry Ford Health System and Glenn Steele Jr. MD, PhD, President & CEO of Geisinger Health System will be honored as the 2014 recipients of the Gail L. Warden Leadership Excellence Award. The next day will include by a showcase from some of the BOLD organizations on leadership development best practices and the recognition luncheon.

The National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL), a Chicago-based not-for-profit organization, is an industry catalyst to ensure the availability of accountable and transformational healthcare leadership for the 21st century. Its vision is to improve the health of the public through leadership and organizational excellence. For more information please visit NCHL’s website at

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