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Dr. Ninfa M. Saunders Named One of 2018's Most Influential Women by CEO Connection

For Second Consecutive Year, Atrium Health Navicent CEO Recognized Among Women Who Influence Change, Innovation and Standards of Excellence

The Top 25 2018 Most Influential Women of the Mid-Market has been announced by CEO Connection®, the only membership organization exclusively for mid-market CEOs. This list recognizes the top 25 women in the U.S. based on their ability to influence change, innovation, and standards for excellence in companies with annual sales between $100 million and $3 billion.

For the second consecutive year, Dr. Ninfa M. Saunders, FACHE, President and CEO of Atrium Health Navicent has been included on CEO Connection's listing. Nationally renowned for her strategic initiatives to improve access to healthcare and affect change within the industry, Dr. Saunders has over 45 years of hospital administrative and clinical experience.

An executive cofounder of Stratus Healthcare, a collaborative partnership of both urban and rural healthcare providers, she remains focused on ensuring that healthcare remains local. Dr. Saunders has led efforts to ensure local hospitals achieve and successfully sustain delivery of outstanding care while continuing to navigate the evolving industry landscape. Dr. Saunders has worked tirelessly to protect access to healthcare in rural areas, ensuring all patients, especially those in vulnerable communities, have the right access to the right care at the right time and at the right cost. She is respected by her colleagues for her forward-thinking approach in the innovation space. She constantly encourages people to pursue innovative solutions by disrupting the current space to make way for the future state.

"We at Atrium Health Navicent are honored to have our CEO, Dr. Saunders, continually recognized nationally among CEOs for her dedication to innovation and her ability to influence change within the industry. We are so pleased with the work she has done for our community, our region, and the industry as a whole," said Starr Purdue, Chair of Atrium Health Navicent's Board of Directors.

"We are honored to be able to recognize such a prestigious group of women who have truly made an impact on their company and have given back to their community," says Kenneth Beck, CEO of CEO Connection. "We have been recognizing CEOs through our Mid-Market 500 and Mid-Market 1000 lists as well as the Most Influential Women's List and we are pleased to share this new select group with the business community."

Honorees will be recognized at the 2018 Mid-Market Convention, September 23-25, in Philadelphia. Referred to as the "Davos for the Mid-Market," this exclusive global gathering brings together the leadership of the mid-market top business experts and senior government officials to help each other and change the world.

About Atrium Health Navicent

Atrium Health Navicent was incorporated on November 17, 1994, as a nonprofit corporation whose primary purpose is to coordinate The Medical Center, Navicent Health and other affiliated entities in their mission of providing a comprehensive continuum of high quality, reasonably priced healthcare services to the region. Atrium Health Navicent has 970 beds for medical, surgical, rehabilitation and hospice purposes. The health system includes The Medical Center, Navicent Health, a nationally recognized tertiary teaching hospital; Atrium Health Navicent Beverly Knight Olson Children's Hospital, the region's only dedicated pediatric hospital; Atrium Health Navicent Baldwin and Medical Center of Peach County, Atrium Health Navicent, both rural hospitals; Rehabilitation Hospital, Atrium Health Navicent, the region's oldest and most experienced rehabilitation provider; Pine Pointe, Atrium Health Navicent, which provides palliative and hospice care in homes and in its facility; Carlyle Place, Atrium Health Navicent, the area's first continuing care retirement community; Navicent Health Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Atrium Health Navicent; as well as diagnostic and home care services. For more information, please visit