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May 10, 2004
Spring Harbor is among finalists in 'Top Leadership Teams in Healthcare' competition

Leaders at nine healthcare organizations representing both large and small hospitals and health plans have been selected as finalists in HealthLeaders magazine's search for the 2004 Top Leadership Teams in Healthcare.

One leadership team from each of the three categories will be named the 2004 Top Leadership Team in Healthcare by a panel of judges later this month.

The nine leadership team finalists were chosen from approximately 100 entries nationwide, as follows:

In the Small Hospitals category (fewer than 170 beds) are Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Walnut Ridge, Ark; Odessa Regional Hospital, Odessa, Texas; and Spring Harbor Hospital, Westbrook, Maine.

In the Large Hospitals category (170 beds or more) are Baton Rouge General Medical Center, Baton Rouge, La.; NYU Medical Center, New York, N.Y.; and University of Colorado Hospital, Denver, Colo.

In the Health Plans category (state or regional) are Healthchoice Arizona, Tempe, Ariz.; Medica, Minneapolis, Minn.; and QualCare Inc., Piscataway, N.J.

"Narrowing the field of entries down to three finalists in each category was challenging for the judges, but I believe these nine leadership teams truly represent how health leaders work together in the face of both challenges and opportunities to make healthcare better," said Scott McQuigg, president and publisher of HealthLeaders.

Following site visits to each of the finalists, selection of the three Top Leadership Teams in Healthcare will be based on:

Teamwork exhibited among an organization's senior leaders leading to stated operational goals/objectives;

Ways in which a senior leadership team overcomes any challenges/barriers encountered along the way to reaching its goals/objectives; and

The success of senior leadership in meeting the management team's goals/objectives.

HealthLeaders, an award-winning monthly publication for senior healthcare executives, will feature the nation's top healthcare leadership teams in a future issue, and they will receive worldwide exposure on

"Each month, HealthLeaders provides senior-level healthcare executives with solution-focused ideas to help management teams improve business operations and with information to help them understand how their peers solve business problems," McQuigg said. "We want to encourage others to learn from the best practices of some of the country's top healthcare leadership teams."

Judges for the Top Leadership Teams in Healthcare are Howard Berman, former CEO, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, Rochester, N.Y.; Gordon R. Clark, president and CEO, The Governance Institute, San Diego, Calif.; Laurence P. Harkness, former president and CEO of Children's Medical Center, Dayton, Ohio; Dr. Nancy Linenkugel, OSF, FACHE, president, Chatfield College, St. Martin, Ohio; Norman C. Payson, M.D., former chairman and CEO, Oxford Health Plans Inc., Trumbull, Conn., Jim Stokes, former CEO, Quorum Health Resources, Brentwood, Tenn., Sheri Sellmeyer, director of market analysis, HealthLeaders Research; Tom Gillem, communications manager, HealthLeaders Inc., and McQuigg.

HealthLeaders Inc. ( is an integrated healthcare media and business information company comprised of HealthLeaders magazine, published monthly for more than 40,000 healthcare decision makers, HealthLeaders Online News and HealthLeaders Research, a leading provider of in-depth state-level and local data and analysis on 850 health plans, as well as analysis of healthcare developments in 75 major metropolitan markets.

Gail Wilkerson Chief of Marketing (207) 761-2292

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