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Executive VP Gregory named one of KC's top women executives

October 23, 2009
Mary Jo Gregory, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of SCLHS, was recently named one of Kansas City’s top women executives by Ingram’s Magazine as a member of their 2009 weKC. This prestigious selection is given to women in leadership positions who have achieved success in their careers and organizations. Mary Jo is among 12 other women who represent venues including health care, banking, construction and professional services, and for large and small businesses. Women in this group are selected based on the demonstration of qualities such as talent, self-confidence, faith in their abilities, willingness to take risks, and a passion for what they do. When reflecting on those who have influenced her, Mary Jo points to Sister Joan Sue Miller, SCL, Community Director of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth. “Sister Sue is a strong yet unassuming leader who is highly focused on the continuity of our Mission with special attention to serving persons who are poor or vulnerable. She has taught and modeled the value of attentive listening, acting with justice, making and taking time for prayer and reflection, and putting whatever we do in the larger context of service and ministry.” In response to what Mary Jo finds most rewarding about her position, she notes that “I am privileged to work with a talented and highly dedicated team of individuals in support of our Mission to improve the health of the individuals and communities we serve. I am both honored and humbled by the fact that we are entrusted to continue the legacy of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth who began their good works in the Midwest 150 years ago.” Mary Jo has a rich history of both clinical and administrative experience. Prior to her role with SCLHS, she served as the CEO of Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, a Tenet-owned hospital. Prior to that, she was the market leader for Central Coast Region, San Luis Obispo, California, and has held CEO roles at other multi-hospital systems including MetroWest Health System, Framingham, Massachusetts, and St. Luke’s Health System, Phoenix, Arizona. She also has a background in direct patient care in nursing at multiple hospitals. She received her master of science degree in business administration, as well as her bachelor of science degree in human resource management from Palm Beach Atlantic University, West Palm Beach, Florida. Her nursing degree is from Pace University in Pleasantville, New York.