Lakeland, Fla. – Caroline Gay, FHFMA, is one of Becker’s Hospital Review’s Rising Stars: 66 Healthcare Leaders Under 40, according to a just-released list by the well-respected healthcare publication. Ms. Gay serves as Chief Population Health Officer and Chief Analytics Officer for Lakeland Regional Health.
According to Becker’s Hospital Review, “Individuals on this list have achieved executive positions at hospitals and health systems across the country, founded companies and reached prominence within their organizations. Several are entrepreneurs and thought leaders in advancing patient outcomes and care management.”
Ms. Gay, who joined Lakeland Regional Health in 2011, was also named by Becker’s as one of 36 Health IT and Revenue Cycle Up-and-Comers for 2018.
Ms. Gay was integral in establishing the health system’s Analytics Division, with a team of consultants who provide continuous insights, recommendations and monitoring tools, contributing to improvements in infection rates and reductions in falls rates and hospital readmission rates. Under her leadership, Lakeland Regional Health became the first health system in Florida and only the 10th in the world to achieve Stage 6 of the HIMSS Analytics Adoption Model for Analytics Maturity.
“Caroline Gay is a nationally respected force in healthcare analytics,” said Elaine C. Thompson, PhD, FACHE, Lakeland Regional Health President and CEO. “Her passion for using analytics to drive strategic decision-making ensures hospital growth, improved outcomes and the safest care for our patients and families.”
About Lakeland Regional Health
Not-for-profit Lakeland Regional Health reaches beyond its hospital walls to promote wellness, education and discovery in new places and new ways, providing a wide range of inpatient and outpatient healthcare services at its Medical Center, Hollis Cancer Center and ambulatory care locations. Lakeland Regional Health earned Most Wired Advanced and Most Wired status four times since 2013 from the American Hospital Association and has earned workplace awards from Forbes, Gallup and Becker’s Hospital Review. Its 864-bed comprehensive tertiary referral hospital, Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center, operates the Jack and Tina Harrell Family Institute for Advanced Cardiovascular Medicine; a Level II Trauma Center; the Carol Jenkins Barnett Pavilion for Women and Children, which includes a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; and the Bannasch Institute for Advanced Rehabilitation Medicine.
Photo: Portrait of Caroline Gay