MBA/MHA Alumnus Receives Prestigious Healthcare Award
Kevin Lofton, CEO of Catholic Health Initiatives in Denver and one of Robinson’s MBA/MHA grads, received the highest award (Gold Medal award) from the American College of Healthcare Executives this week in Chicago.
Bio of Kevin LoftonKevin E. Lofton has been chief executive officer of Catholic Health Initiatives since 2003, after previously holding several executive positions with CHI, including chief operating officer. CHI is one of the largest nonprofit health systems in the U.S., with more than 100 hospitals (including four academic medical centers and teaching hospitals and 24 critical-access facilities), 100,000 employees, $14 billion in revenues, and $22 billion in assets.
Mr. Lofton is widely recognized at the national level and serves in leadership capacities in many of the major healthcare organizations. Active with the American Hospital Association (AHA), Mr. Lofton served as the 2007 chairman of the AHA board of directors as well as chairman of the Committee on Nominations and the Equity of Care Committee. He is a fellow and former regent at large in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). Mr. Lofton also served as president of the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE).
A long-time healthcare executive, Mr. Lofton’s background includes top positions in public, university, community, and faith-based hospitals. Prior to CHI, Mr. Lofton served as chief executive officer of the University of Alabama Hospital in Birmingham. In previous positions, Mr. Lofton served as chief executive officer of Howard University Hospital, Washington, D.C., and chief operating officer at University Medical Center, Jacksonville, Florida.
Mr. Lofton is a former member of the board of Atlanta’s Morehouse School of Medicine, which is dedicated to increasing the diversity of the health professional and scientific workforce and addressing the primary healthcare needs of people of color and underserved populations. His background in top leadership positions in so many diverse organizations provides a unique perspective on the problems and challenges facing the nation’s healthcare system.
In recognition of his outstanding leadership, innovation, and management accomplishments, Mr. Lofton has been recognized with many national awards. In 2015 he received the highest award (Gold Medal award) of the American College of Healthcare Executives, and in 2014 the highest award (Richard L. Clarke Board of Directors award) of the Healthcare Financial Management Association. He was ranked among the 50 most powerful people in healthcare in 2015 by Becker’s Hospital Review, and among the 2007 Ebony magazine “150 Most Influential Blacks in America”; plus he appeared on Modern Healthcare magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” list in 2005-2013 and 2002. Mr. Lofton was named the 2006 National Diversity Healthcare Leader of the Year by the National Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and received the ACHE Robert Hudgens Award as the Young Healthcare Executive of the Year in 1993.
Mr. Lofton received a master of health administration from the Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University in Atlanta, and a bachelor of science in management from Boston University.