Rhonda Forsyth Named Valley's 2009 Business Woman of the Year

Rhonda Forsyth has been named the Valley's Business Woman of the Year for 2009.

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Rhonda Forsyth

Forsyth, president and CEO of John C. Lincoln Health Network, was named the most outstanding woman in business March 3 at the 2009 Women in Business Trade Show and Luncheon sponsored by The Phoenix Business Journal at the Sheraton Downtown Phoenix Hotel.

She was selected from this year's group of 25 Business Women of the Year as the first woman in the history of the newspaper's recognition program for women to be singled out for top honors. All honorees were highlighted in a special March 3 supplement to the newspaper that featured Forsyth on the cover. A Valley health care leader for more than two decades, Forsyth previously was named among the Valley's most outstanding Women in Business in 2007.

Numerous Leadership Roles With John C. Lincoln

Forsyth joined John C. Lincoln in 1987 and has served in numerous leadership roles.

As a key player on John C. Lincoln's management team, Forsyth has served as CEO of each Network hospital. Driven by her compassion for people, Forsyth has devoted her career to improving the quality of health care, human services and business practices provided by John C. Lincoln's Hospitals, ancillary medical facilities and community programs.

In 2004, Forsyth was appointed executive vice president and chief executive officer of John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital. Under her leadership, John C. Lincoln's 262-bed North Mountain Hospital was ranked in the nation's top 2 percent for patient care by the American Nurses Association, which in 2005 designated it as the Valley's first Magnet facility.

A History of Achievement

Through much of her tenure she was senior vice president responsible for managed care and the revenue cycle, during which time the Network was recognized with the Better Business Bureau's Ethics in Business Award in the large business category.

After she was appointed interim CEO for John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital in 2008, Deer Valley was honored by the Arizona Quality Alliance with its prestigious Arizona Pioneer Award for implementing high levels of performance excellence processes throughout the hospital.

Also under Forsyth's leadership:

When John C. Lincoln Health Network's Board of Directors announced in 2007 that Dan Coleman would retire this year after 22 years as the organization's president and chief executive officer, the board appointed Forsyth as his successor and announced her promotion as the Network"s executive vice president and COO.

"I am thrilled with this decision," Coleman said. "Rhonda has been an integral part of our executive leadership team for over 20 years. She has a passion for our mission. I believe this decision by our board will assure that John C. Lincoln will continue to grow and develop in its service to our growing community."

Forsyth, who earned her Master's degree in Business Administration in 1979 from Arizona State University, graduated from Pitzer College in 1977 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. She and her husband, Chris, have a teenage son, Andrew, and two golden retrievers.

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