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Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare | 2014


Dean, 63, has led 39-hospital Dignity Health, based in San Francisco, since 2000, when the not-for-profit system was still known as Catholic Healthcare West. The name change was part of a long-term growth strategy that led to a restructuring of the system’s governing board that ended its formal affiliation with the Catholic Church in 2012. Before Dean arrived, the system had suffered losses of more than $800 million between 1997 and 2000. He is credited with returning the organization to profitability four years later. Dean has been named to Modern Healthcare’s biennial list of the Top 25 Minority Executives all five times. Read how Dean turned the system around, and hear him recount in a podcast how his upbringing in a community with no access to healthcare influenced his path.


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