President & CEO, Resurrection Health Care
Sandra Bruce has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Resurrection Health Care Corporation since November 2008. Prior to her position, Ms. Bruce was President and Chief Executive Officer of Saint Alphonsus Health System, headquartered in Boise, Idaho.
In her current position, Ms. Bruce is a voting member of the 17-person Board of Directors and is fully responsible for the management and operation of the largest Catholic health care system in Chicago and one of the largest health care systems in Illinois. Resurrection Health Care Corporation is the parent company of six hospitals (including an LTACH), eight nursing and rehabilitation centers, four retirement communities, a home health company, a medical equipment company, a surgery center, behavioral health network, a sleep center network and multiple ambulatory care and physician facilities. Resurrection Health Care employs 12,000 people with more than 2,500 physicians on its medical staffs.
Since joining Resurrection Health Care, Ms. Bruce has led a substantial financial turnaround of the organization that has significantly improved financial performance during the past year and has secured new bonds with favorable interest rates to refinance existing debt. Under her leadership, Resurrection has developed a visionary strategic plan, implemented initiatives for more cost-effective, streamlined operations, advanced its dedication to quality care and appointed medical staff members to key leadership roles for greater physician involvement. She has renewed Resurrection’s dedication to the communities by identifying and addressing community need and building relationships with elected officials and community leaders.
Ms. Bruce is the former President and CEO of Mercy General Health Partners in Muskegon, Michigan. She began her health career at Berrien General Hospital, where she later became Chief Executive Officer.
She is immediate past chair of the Board of Trustees of the Catholic Health Association of the United States and past chair of the Michigan Health and Hospital Association, and the Idaho Hospital Association. In Idaho, Ms. Bruce served on the Governor’s Health Quality Planning Commission and is a past member of the American Hospital Association Region VIII and Region V Policy Boards. She was one of five hospital CEO members of the American Hospital Association’s 25-member Commission on Workforce, and chaired the AHA Section for Aging and Long Term Care Services.
She is a Fellow in the American College of Health Care Executives, a member of the American College of Health Care Administrators, the American Society for Aging. She also currently serves on the American Hospital Healthcare System Governing Council, the Catholic Health Association Awards Committee, the Illinois Hospital Association Governing Board, the Illinois Hospital Association Policy Council and the Illinois Hospital Association Health Reform Task Force. In 2009, she was appointed to the Commission on a High Performance Health System (The Commonwealth Fund) to help shape health reform.
In April 2011, she was named one of the nation’s Top 25 Women in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine. She was honored with an award in Rome, Italy from the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Assistance to Health Care Workers in May 2011. She holds a Master’s of Science in Health Administration from the University of Notre Dame and a Bachelor’s Degree from Western Michigan University.
Last Updated on 2011-07-21 14:36:22.708