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Dr. Ninfa M. Saunders Named One of 2017s Most Influential Women

The Top 25 2017 Most Influential Women of the Mid-Market has been announced by CEO Connection®, the only membership organization exclusively for mid-market CEOs. This list recognizes the top 25 women in the U.S. based on their ability to influence change, innovation, and standards for excellence in companies with annual sales between $100 million and $3 billion.

Among the 25 women included on 2017's list is Dr. Ninfa M. Saunders, FACHE, President and CEO of Atrium Health Navicent. Nationally renowned for her strategic initiatives to improve access to healthcare and affect change within the industry, Dr. Saunders has over 45 years of hospital administrative and clinical experience.

An executive cofounder of Stratus Healthcare, a collaborative partnership of both urban and rural healthcare providers, she remains focused on "a fee-for-value framework rather than the fee-for-service model." She has worked tirelessly to protect access to healthcare in rural areas, ensuring all patients have right access to the right care at the right time and at the right cost.

"We at Atrium Health Navicent are honored to have our CEO, Dr. Saunders, recognized nationally among CEOs for her dedication to innovation and ability to influence change within the industry. We are so pleased with the work she has done for our community, our region, and the industry as a whole," said Starr Purdue, Chair of Atrium Health Navicent's Board of Directors.

"We are honored to be able to recognize such a prestigious group of women who have truly made an impact on their company and have given back to their community," says Kenneth Beck, CEO of CEO Connection. "We have been recognizing CEOs through our Mid-Market 500 and Mid-Market 1000 lists as well as the Most Influential Women's List and we are pleased to share this new select group with the business community."

Honorees will be recognized at the 2017 Mid-Market Convention on September 25-27 at The Wharton School in Philadelphia, PA. Referred to as the "Davos for the Mid-Market," this exclusive global gathering brings together the leadership of the mid-market top business experts and senior government officials to help each other and change the world.

About CEO Connection

CEO Connection is the ONLY membership organization in the world reserved exclusively for CEOs of mid-market companies - companies with between $100 million and $3 billion in annual revenue. Our mission is to help mid-market CEOs and their companies succeed. We accomplish this by connecting them to each other; connecting them to people, information and resources to which they would otherwise not have access; and promoting the interests, welfare, and perspective of the mid-market. Members are C-level executives with responsibility for all or significant portions of their respective company. They represent a wide variety of businesses across a broad geographic spectrum. Collectively mid-market companies account for $10 trillion of the $30 trillion annual U.S. private sector gross receipts. Inspired by C-level Wharton executives, CEO Connection began in 2005 and has evolved into a dynamic community with wide ranging benefits uniquely designed to help the mid-market CEO and champion the mid-market perspective.>/p>

About Atrium Health Navicent

Atrium Health Navicent was incorporated on November 17, 1994, as a nonprofit corporation whose primary purpose is to coordinate the Medical Center, Navicent Health and other affiliated entities in their mission of providing a comprehensive continuum of high quality, reasonably priced healthcare services to the region. Atrium Health Navicent has 830 beds for medical, surgical, rehabilitation and hospice purposes. The health system includes The Medical Center, Navicent Health, a nationally recognized tertiary teaching hospital; Atrium Health Navicent Beverly Knight Olson Children's Hospital, the region's only dedicated pediatric hospital; Medical Center of Peach County, Atrium Health Navicent, a rural critical access hospital; Rehabilitation Hospital, Atrium Health Navicent, the region's oldest and most experienced rehabilitation provider; Pine Pointe, Atrium Health Navicent, which provides palliative and hospice care in homes and in its facility; Carlyle Place, Atrium Health Navicent, the area's first continuing care retirement community; Navicent Health Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Atrium Health Navicent; as well as diagnostic and home care services. For more information, please visit www.navicenthealth.org.


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