December 20th, 2021 – 4:10 PM
Press Release –
For the sixth consecutive year, Atrium Health President and CEO Eugene A. Woods has been honored as one of Modern Healthcare’s “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare,” rising to No. 4 on this year’s prestigious who’s who list which includes government administrators and executives, elected officials, academics, and thought-leaders, as well as senior-level executives within the health care field.
Honorees are chosen by their peers and the senior editors of Modern Healthcare as being among the most influential in the industry, in terms of leadership and impact. Last year, Woods ranked seventh on the list. “As you survey the commitment to excellence throughout Atrium Health and the prominent role within the communities we serve, it is because of the tireless effort put forth by teammates every day,” said Edward J. Brown III, chair of the Atrium Health Enterprise Board of Directors. “The incredible outcomes we continue to see are a reflection of purposeful and impactful leadership.
“In just a few short years, Gene has positioned Atrium Health as a rising star within health care,” Brown said. “Whether
it is the vision of how to provide mass vaccinations or seeing what the future can be through medical education and
innovation within the life sciences space, Gene continues to lead the way, helping to reshape health care and how it is
approached across the entire nation.”
Modern Healthcare noted Woods’ commitment to access for the underserved as a leading factor for his selection,
along with his push to create a synergistic innovation district adjacent to the soon-to-be-constructed Wake Forest
University School of Medicine Charlotte in midtown Charlotte.
“Last year’s complexity is reflected in our 2021 Most Influential People in Healthcare honorees,” said Modern
Healthcare editor Aurora Aguilar. “The year was dominated with vaccines that promised a return to normal. But that
treatment faced ire and rejection from some, creating divisions in communities and even the healthcare workforce.”
The CEOs of Pfizer and Moderna were named No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, given the importance of vaccination
during 2021. Other notable names on the list include Dr. Anthony Fauci, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and President
Joe Biden. Michael Alkire, president, and CEO of Charlotte-based Premier – an Atrium Health partner organization –
was No. 91.
Woods was previously named as one of the Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare, as well as being one of only five
“Luminaries,” honored for their career-defining work in reshaping the industry, by Modern Healthcare. He has also
been named as the Charlotte Post Foundation’s 2022 Luminary Award honoree; a Charlotte Business Journal’s
2021 Most Admired CEO and, last year, was its Charlotte Businessperson of the Year. He was also recently
recognized by the Office of the Secretary of Defense with the highly regarded Patriot Award for supporting employee
participation in America’s National Guard and Reserve Forces.
Woods previously served as chairman of the American Hospital Association board of trustees and is currently chair of
the Nominating Committee as well as a member of the Health, Strategy, and Innovation Committee. Woods serves on
the Becker’s Healthcare’s Advisory Board, Scottsdale Institute’s Board of Directors, the executive committee of the
Healthcare Leadership Council and the Best Buy Co., Inc., board of directors. Woods is also chair of the board of the
Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond and the upcoming vice-chair of the 2022 Conference of Chairs executive
committee for the Bank.