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Prem Reddy, MD, FACC, FCCP, Chairman, President and CEO of Prime Healthcare, has once again been named to Modern Healthcare’s prestigious list of the “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” for 2016. This is the third time that Dr. Reddy has been recognized as among the most influential healthcare leaders in the nation.

“I am proud of this recognition, and I am humbled and honored that Modern Healthcare recognizes Prime Healthcare’s mission and valuable role in saving and transforming community hospitals across the nation,” said Dr. Reddy. Dr. Reddy has been a tireless advocate and leader for improving healthcare quality and safety in community hospitals across the United States, and has been recognized for his leadership efforts locally, nationally and globally.

President Barack Obama led the Modern Healthcare list again this year. Dr. Reddy, a board certified cardiologist, is ranked at number 79. The individuals on the Modern Healthcare list are a varied group ranging from leaders of the nation’s largest payers to presidential candidates and Supreme Court justices. All have achieved extraordinary success in their chosen fields. The top five leaders on the list in addition to President Obama include Bernard Tyson, chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente; Anthony Tersigni, president and CEO of Ascension; Mark Bertolini, chairman of Aetna; and Sylvia Matthews Burwell, HHS Secretary.

Modern Healthcare’s list is a compilation based on more than 9,000 submissions from the publication’s readers. The nominees were narrowed down to 300 candidates. Reader votes made up 50 percent of the final outcome; Modern Healthcare’s senior editors’ votes made up the other 50 percent. According to Modern Healthcare, enduring influence is the central theme this year and the list recognized “the most influential individuals in the industry, in terms of leadership and impact.”

Dr. Reddy is a visionary and generous leader, donating millions toward charities that provide educational scholarships and free healthcare. Through his charitable foundations, he has donated over $800 million to fund not for profit hospitals, charitable missions and universities, including the creation of a new, non-profit medical school that will be located in San Bernardino County, California.

Dr. Reddy founded Prime Healthcare in 2001 and has led the health system to become the fastest growing and fifth largest for profit system in the country with 43 hospitals in 14 states.