Modern Healthcare’s Top 5 Women Leaders program honors female executives from all sectors of the healthcare system. These high achievers are developing policy, leading change and guiding healthcare delivery improvement across the country. The biennial program recognizes women in a variety of leadership roles, spotlighting their administrative and professional accomplishments.


Nancy Howell Agee

President and CEO, Carilion Clinic

Agee had a front row seat in 2018 for some of healthcare’s biggest policy battles. Not only did she serve as chair of the American Hospital Association’s board of trustees, but she was a leading voice in her home state of Virginia for expanding Medicaid. Agee also oversaw the integration of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine to become fully part of Virginia Tech. Agee has been a long-time mentor of women leaders inside and outside of Carilion, where half the leadership team is female.


Madeline Bell

President and CEO, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Bell, who began her career at CHOP more than 30 years ago as a nurse, has led the organization since 2015. She’s continuously pushing the envelope, including in 2018 when she led a redesign of the pediatric residency program. CHOP also plans to expand with a new hospital in King of Prussia, Pa. Nearly 80% of CHOP’s workforce is female and Bell has championed a number of career development programs, including creation of the employee-based Women’s Resource Group. CHOP also instituted speed-networking sessions, a speaker series and more.


Mary Boosalis

President and CEO, Premier Health

Premier Health last year launched a network of eight urgent care locations that exceeded budget projections. Boosalis has also pushed the organization to address the opioid epidemic, including trying to combat stereotypes and stigmas surrounding the crisis. The health system created a website——to provide the public with more information about drug dependency. Premier subsidiary Samaritan Behavioral Health has been a leader in Ohio in distributing naloxone. That effort, plus broader community partnerships, have contributed to a 54% drop in overdose deaths in Montgomery County. Boosailis is Premier’s first female CEO in the health system’s 23-year history. And the percentage of female vice presidents increased from 52% in 2014 to 60% in 2018.


Marna Borgstrom

CEO, Yale New Haven Health System

Beyond her work in growing Yale New Haven’s reach into the community, Borgstrom has been active on the policy front, including being an instrumental voice securing $200 million in Medicaid funding for Connecticut hospitals. She brought the national Lean In program to the system, with the aim of empowering women to achieve their goals.


Amber Cambron

President and CEO, BlueCare Tennessee

Cambron oversaw the launch a program that helps people with intellectual and developmental disabilities become more self-sufficient. In January, she received the Oliver Wyman Women in Healthcare