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Chief Executive Officers in US Hospitals: A Reexamination of Workforce Demographics and Educational Issues

Matthews, Eric PhD; Collins, K. Scott PhD; Collins, Sandra K. PhD; McKinnies, Richard C. MS

doi: 10.1097/HCM.0b013e31827edafc

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the “employment of medical and health services mangers is expected to grow by 22% from 2010 to 2020” ( The US Bureau of Labor Statistics notes this is substantially faster than the national average for other occupations. Information from this report finds its way into popular media, news shows, and other information outlets, which increases the number of prospective applicants to college and university health care management programs. (For the purposes of this article, no differentiation is made between various programs geared toward preparing health care managers; this includes, but is not limited to, degrees in hospital administration, hospital services administration, health care management, etc.) In 2007, the authors conducted a survey of chief executive officers in US hospitals that sought to identify educational and demographic information of individuals holding top management positions in US health care institutions. The survey was repeated in 2012, at the 5-year interval, to determine if chief executive officer information had changed.

Author Affiliations: Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, AT Still University, Mesa, Arizona (Dr Matthews); and School of Allied Health, Southern Illinois University Carbondale (Drs KS Collins and SK Collins, and Mr McKinnies).

Radiologic Sciences Graduate Program–allocated research funds were used to fund this research.

Dr SK Collins directs a program in health care management; the other authors have no conflicts of interest to declare.

Correspondence: Eric Matthews, PhD, Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, AT Still University, 5850 East Still Circle, Mesa, AZ 85206 (

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