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KentuckyOne Health Executives Named to Becker’s Hospital Review’s “120 Women Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know”

Louisville, Ky.—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 & 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. About KentuckyOne Health KentuckyOne Health was formed when two major Kentucky health care organizations came together in 2012. KentuckyOne Health combines the Jewish and Catholic heritages of the two former systems – Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare and Saint Joseph Health System. The nonprofit system is committed to improving the health of Kentuckians by integrating medical research, education, technology and health care services wherever patients receive care. KentuckyOne Health has nearly 200 locations including hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies, with more than 13,600 employees across the state of Kentucky and southern Indiana. KentuckyOne Health is the largest health system in Kentucky and has more than 2,325 licensed beds.

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Friday, October 19, 2012