The trade magazine Modern Healthcare on Monday named Kansas University Hospital President and CEO Irene Cumming to its 2007 list of the "25 Most Powerful Women in Healthcare."
Other notables on the list include Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Julie Gerberding, the first woman to direct the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The portion about Cumming reads as follows:
"Cumming, 59, last month was appointed president and CEO of University HealthSystem Consortium, Oak Brook, Ill., an alliance of 97 academic medical centers with 153 affiliate hospitals. Before this she spent 11 years as the president and CEO of the University of Kansas Hospital. When she started there, the hospital was a ward of the state. A decade later, operating revenue was $540 million, up 185 percent since fiscal 1998."
Cumming will leave KU Hospital in June. Her departure comes amid tense negotiations about the future relationship between KU Hospital and KU's School of Medicine, which supplies the hospital with faculty and medical students but wants to form a new relationship with St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, Mo.