Ninfa M. Saunders, FACHE

President and CEO, Navicent Health

Ninfa M. Saunders, FACHE
Ninfa M. Saunders, FACHE

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Opening Keynote Session
Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019 • 3:00 PM–5:00 PM

Dr. Ninfa M. Saunders, President and Chief Executive Officer of Navicent Health, has over 45 years of hospital administrative and clinical experience. Dr. Saunders completed her Doctorate in Healthcare Administration at the Medical University of South Carolina, earned a Master’s of Business Administration from Emory University in Atlanta, and a Master’s of Science in Nursing from the Rutgers University in Newark, N.J. A co-founder of the regional Stratus Healthcare network, Saunders currently serves on the board of the Georgia Hospital Association and as Chair of the Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals. Saunders recently received national acclaim for her efforts to successfully form a strategic combination with Charlotte-based Atrium Health, one of the nation’s premier health systems. Under Saunders’ leadership, Navicent Health also garnered national attention for efforts to improve health equity and minimize disparities, and the health system was honored with the American Hospital Association’s prestigious 2018 Equity of Care Award. Recognized as a national thought leader, particularly in the areas of innovation and disruptive change, Saunders is a frequent speaker on various matters related to healthcare.

Among Becker’s Hospital Review “130 Women Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know” for the fifth consecutive year, Saunders has also been recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of 2019’s Top 25 Women Leaders in the U.S. She was honored by the Georgia Diversity Council as one of Georgia’s “Most Powerful & Influential Women.” She has twice been selected to Georgia Trend’s annual listing of “100 Most Influential Georgians” and has twice been named one of the “Most Influential Women of the Mid-Market” in the U.S. by CEO Connection. At the local level, Saunders received New Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church’s 2019 Humanitarian Award for her outstanding contributions to improve human welfare for the citizens of Macon-Bibb County.

A Fellow of ACHE, Saunders serves on the board of directors for the American Hospital Association and is the past Chair of the Institute for Diversity. She sits on the editorial board of Healthcare Transformation, and serves on the President’s Leadership Council of Jefferson University and Health System. She has also served on the board of the American Heart Association. She currently serves as an Executive with the Fierce Healthcare CEO Advisory Board and as a frequent expert in a number of roundtables and healthcare forums.