Dr. Ninfa M. Saunders Named One of 2017’s Most Influential Women by CEO Connection®

July 19, 2017

Navicent Health CEO Recognized Among Women Who Influence Change, Innovation and Standards of Excellence


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 Navicent Health. 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 Navicent Health 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 Navicent Health’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.