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d i v e r s i t y w o m a n . c o m W i n t e r 2 0 1 7 D I V E R S I T Y W O M A N 27 By Heather Boerner W hen Christine Candio started as a bedside nurse 33 years ago, the roles were clear—and segregated by gender. Most physicians were men and most nurses were women. And the hierarchy between the two was strict. "If a physician came into your depart- ment, you got out of your chair so the physician could sit down," she says. en she adds, "We've come a long way." Candio, especially, has come a long way. In 2015, she became the president and chief executive officer of St. Luke's Hos- pital in Chesterfield, Missouri. And she's not alone. It used to be that the C-suite of just about all hospitals and health-care organizations were occupied by men, de- Transforming Healthcare spite the fact that the vast majority of the health-care workforce was female. Today, about 41 percent of health-care executives worldwide are women, according to a 2015 report by the consulting firm Grant orn- ton. at's second only to education and social services as an industry with high rep- resentation of women at the top. While women's representation in health-care leadership still lags behind their representation in other industry po- sitions as a whole, experts say the future looks bright. A combination of research and organizations fostering women lead- ers' development, along with the rapidly changing skill set required to navi- gate a more team- and patient-centered health-care approach, means women are poised to make even more gains in coming decades. "ere's still a ways to go in women in leadership," says Deborah Bowen, presi- dent and CEO of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), which counts 48,000 C-suite or aspiring C-suite executives among its members. "No one works alone in this [health-care] environ- ment today. We're all accountable to up- stream and downstream stakeholders to work with other people. So the nature of women as collaborators means that the outlook is optimistic for women leaders." Moving on from the bad old days Women still have considerable ground to make up for in health-care leadership. According to a 2016 report on health- care gender diversity by health start-up Rock Health, women represented only 20 percent of Fortune 500 health-care leadership teams. In none of them did women account for more than half of C-suite positions, and none of the CEOs of companies in the health-care industry Fortune 500 were women. Data from the American Hospital Association shows that only 28 percent of hospital systems nationwide are run by women. Women leaders are uniquely positioned to drive change We Mean Business > Take the Lead THINKSTOCKPHOTOS

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