Rod Hochman, M.D., recognized as fourth Most Influential Physician Executive and Leader by Modern Healthcare

June 17, 2017

CHICAGO, IL– June 17, 2017 – Providence St. Joseph Health is proud to announce that Rod Hochman, M.D. was recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of this year’s 50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders. Dr. Hochman was ranked as No. 4 on the list. The complete ranking is a main feature in the June 19 issue of Modern Healthcare magazine, and profiles of the winners are available at    

In its 13th year, the recognition program acknowledges physicians working in the health care industry who are deemed by their peers and an expert panel to be the most influential in terms of demonstrating leadership and impact.  

“Each year the competition for this recognition intensifies. This year, more than 66,000 votes were cast on our ballot of high-profile physician leaders.  The caliber of leadership displayed is best-in-class,” shares Aurora Aguilar, editor of Modern Healthcare.  

Dr. Hochman is the president and CEO of Providence St. Joseph Health, a not-for-profit health system that includes Providence Health & Services, St. Joseph Health and a diverse family of other organizations. Together, Providence St. Joseph Health has served the Western U.S. for 160 years and includes 111,000 caregivers who serve in 50 hospitals, 829 clinics and hundreds of programs and services in Alaska, California, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas and Washington.  The health system also includes an education ministry – Providence High School in Burbank, Calif., and the University of Providence in Great Falls, Mont. – and a supportive housing ministry. 

“Under Dr. Hochman’s leadership, Providence St. Joseph Health has been a tireless voice for protecting and expanding access to care for those who are poor and vulnerable. The organization is also working rapidly to keep people healthy and make care more convenient and affordable through digital innovation, genomics, population health and care for the whole person in mind, body and spirit. In addition, Providence St. Joseph Health has made mental health a top priority, contributing $100 million to establish an independent foundation focused on improving the mental health and wellness of communities,” said Dick Blair, chairman of the Providence St. Joseph Health Board of Directors.

Dr. Hochman is a board member for the American Hospital Association (AHA), chair of AHA's Regional Policy Board 9 and chair of the board of trustees for the Catholic Health Association. He was the recipient of the 2017 Partners in Care Foundation Vision and Excellence in Health Care Leadership Award and was named the 2015 Innovator of the Year by Press Ganey.

Dr. Hochman served as a clinical fellow in internal medicine at Harvard Medical School and Dartmouth Medical School. In addition, he is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a Fellow of the American College of Rheumatology.  He received his bachelor’s degree and medical degree from Boston University.

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Jodi Sniegocki

About Providence St. Joseph Health
Providence St. Joseph Health is committed to improving the health of the communities it serves, especially those who are poor and vulnerable. With 50 hospitals, 829 physician clinics, senior services, supportive housing and many other health and educational services, the health system and its partners employ more than 100,000 caregivers (employees) serving communities across seven states – Alaska, California, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas and Washington. With system offices based in Renton, Wash. and Irvine, Calif., Providence St. Joseph Health is the parent organization of Providence Health & Services and St. Joseph Health, enabling the family of organizations to work together to meet the needs of its communities, both today and into the future. Formed in 2016, the Providence St. Joseph Health family includes the founding organizations, and in: Texas, Covenant Health and Covenant Medical Group; California, Facey Medical Group, Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian and St. Joseph Heritage Healthcare; Washington, Kadlec Regional Medical Center, Pacific Medical Centers and Swedish Health Services.