JOSÉ R. SÁNCHEZ
President and CEO
Entity: Norwegian American Hospital
José Sánchez, a licensed social worker, took over as CEO of Norwegian American Hospital in 2010 when it was nearing bankruptcy. He steered the organization into the black, where it has remained for the last five years, fixed a number of operational problems, and fostered trust among local doctors and patients. Emergency room visits have risen dramatically and the hospital now has expanded cardiology, oncology, and gastrointestinal services. He is committed to pursuing collaborative and innovative solutions to combat local healthcare challenges and improve the quality of services provided to more than 112,000 Norwegian American Hospital patients each year.