Lakeland Regional Health CEO and President Named To Becker’s Hospital Review’s Top Hospital CEOs List

Lakeland, FL – For the fifth consecutive year, Lakeland Regional Health President and CEO Elaine C. Thompson, PhD, FACHE, has been named to Becker’s Hospital Review’s “135 Non-Profit Hospital and Health System CEOs to Know.” Dr. Thompson has been listed every year since the list’s inception in 2012.

“Elaine Thompson is a passionate and talented healthcare advocate who is dedicated to advancing the future of healthcare for our community, so this is a well-deserved honor. We are so pleased by the ways Lakeland Regional Health is rising to prominence on a national level under her leadership,” said Jay Mulaney, MD, Chairman of the LRHS/LRMC Board of Directors.

This national list recognizes CEOs who demonstrate commitment to their community through memberships and governance involvement with various organizations, and help advance the healthcare industry as a whole through their advocacy and professional efforts. These CEOs lead some of the largest, most successful and prominent not-for-profit healthcare organizations in the country, according to Becker’s Hospital Review.

Dr. Thompson brought her visionary leadership to Lakeland Regional Health in 2010. During her tenure, the Hollis Cancer Center and Medical Center were honored as one of 101 Hospitals and Health Systems with Great Oncology Programs in 2016 by Becker’s Hospital Review. Forbes recognized Lakeland Regional Health on its best employers lists in both 2015 and 2016. The nation’s busiest single-site Emergency Department continues to garner national and international recognition for its award-winning performance improvement effort. Lakeland Regional Health holds Most Wired Advanced status for 2015 and 2016 from American Hospital Association’s Health Forum and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives.

A hallmark of Dr. Thompson’s career is her tenacious spirit to provide access to high-quality healthcare for all patients, and she works tirelessly with physicians, community leaders and legislators to improve health services. As such, she is serving her second year as a member of the Florida Hospital Association Board of Trustees.

Joining Dr. Thompson on the Becker’s list are Steven Corwin, MD, President and CEO of New York-Presbyterian; Delos “Toby” Cosgrove, MD, President and CEO of Cleveland Clinic; John Noseworthy,
MD, President and CEO of Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.; and Wyatt Decker, MD, CEO of Mayo Clinic in Arizona.

About Becker’s Hospital Review

Becker’s Hospital Review is a monthly publication offering up-to-date business and legal news and analysis relating to hospitals and health systems. Content is geared toward high-level hospital leaders, and we work to provide valuable content, including hospital and health system news, best practices and legal guidance specifically for these decision-makers. Each issue of Becker’s Hospital Review reaches more than 18,000 people, primarily acute care hospital CEOs, CFOs and CIOs.

About Lakeland Regional Health

As a catalyst for community health, not-for-profit Lakeland Regional Health is reaching beyond its hospital walls to promote wellness, education and discovery in new places and new ways, providing a wide range of inpatient and outpatient healthcare services at its Medical Center, Hollis Cancer Center and ambulatory care locations. LRH holds Most Wired Advanced status for 2015 and 2016 from American Hospital Association’s Health Forum and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives and has earned workplace awards from Forbes, Gallup and Becker’s Hospital Review. Its 849-bed comprehensive tertiary referral hospital, Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center, operates a Level II Trauma Center, a Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the Bannasch Institute for Advanced Rehabilitation Medicine and the state’s busiest single site Emergency Department. For more information about Lakeland Regional Health, visit

Photo caption: Headshot of Elaine C. Thompson, PhD, FACHE, Lakeland Regional Health President and CEO

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