Honoring a Lifetime of Health Justice

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Humankindness Lifetime Achievement Recipient.

Lloyd H. Dean is a nationally recognized leader within and beyond the field of health care. He is Chief Executive Officer of CommonSpirit Health, one of the largest non-profit health systems in the United States, focused on creating healthier communities and transforming health care delivery for millions of Americans.

Located in 21 states, CommonSpirit Health is composed of 150,000 employees, 25,000 physicians and advanced practice clinicians, more than 1,500 care sites and 140 hospitals. As Chief Executive Officer of CommonSpirit Health, which has a combined revenue of $33 billion, Mr. Dean is responsible for all of the system’s complex hospital and clinical operations, financial strategy, and human resources. On an annual basis, CommonSpirit Health provides $4.45 billion in charity care and community benefits, and unreimbursed government programs.

Currently, Mr. Dean serves on the Board of the McDonald’s Corporation and has been appointed to its Board Audit and Finance Committee and Board Compensation Committee. As of February 2021, Mr. Dean was appointed to the Cal Poly Foundation Board (San Luis Obispo, CA) and Carnegie Hall Board of Trustees. He is Co-Chair of the California Future Health Workforce Commission, an organization composed of senior leaders from California’s leading health philanthropies focused on deploying a workforce addressing the health care delivery system of tomorrow. Mr. Dean is Board Chair of the Board of Directors for the Committee on Jobs, an organization that brings employment to the San Francisco Bay Area.

In 2019, California Governor Gavin Newsom appointed Mr. Dean to his Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery, whose charge is to help the state recover and create jobs to transcend from the COVID-19 crisis and to the Future of Work Commission, whose aim is to create long-term economic growth in California.

A passionate advocate for health care reform, Mr. Dean was actively engaged with the White House Cabinet on health care issues during the Obama administration and directly participated in health care reform discussions with the former president during the formation of the Affordable Care Act. In California, Mr. Dean has been appointed to the State Health Care Cost Containment Commission charged with developing practical state policies to contain health care costs in the nation.

Mr. Dean holds a bachelor of science in sociology and a master’s in educational leadership from Western Michigan University, received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from the University of San Francisco and an honorary doctor of science from California Polytechnic State University.

He is consistently ranked in Modern Healthcare’s “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” and in 2020 was given Modern Healthcare’s Luminary Award, because he has consistently been named to its yearly “Top 25 Minority Leaders in Healthcare.”

Mr. Dean has dedicated his career to eliminating the social disparities that are the root problems behind so many health issues.