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Melinda Estes, MD


Saint Luke’s Health System

Melinda L. Estes is president/CEO of Saint Luke’s Health System in the greater Kansas City, Mo., metro area. Saint Luke’s, with its 16 hospitals and campuses in the metro and surrounding rural communities, is the area’s third-largest private employer. Dr. Estes currently serves as the immediate past chair of the American Hospital Association’s Board of Trustees. As a board-certified neurologist and neuropathologist, she is a champion of strengthening physician engagement. In 2018, she served as the chair of the taskforce that created the AHA Physician Alliance. Dr. Estes is a past member of the AHA Metropolitan Hospital Council, the AHA Committee on Health Professions and the AHA’s Advisory Committee on Health Care Reform. In 2020, Modern Healthcare named her one of its “50 Most Influential Clinical Executives” and as one of its “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare.” In 2019, she was named to Becker’s Healthcare’s CEO Advisory Board, and she has consistently been named to Becker’s Hospital Review’s list of “Physician Leaders to Know” since 2012.


Hot Topic: Tackling COVID-19 From the Ground Up – Moving Towards a Large-Scale National Strategy

Presented by Brian Gragnolati, M. Michelle Hood, FACHE, Melinda Estes, MD, Nancy Howell Agee at 9:00 AM on Thursday, March 25th.

We are currently facing the greatest public health crises of our lifetime. While significant effort has been made to implement approaches to prevent, treat and reduce the spread of COVID-19, there is a continued need for large-scale strategies that improve outcomes. To meet this charge, states, counties and health systems have risen to the occasion…

Master Series: Masters of Quality/Safety

Presented by Melinda Estes, MD, Michael A. Slubowski, FACHE, FACMPE, Susan Dentzer at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, March 24th.

Join Melinda Estes, MD, president/CEO, Saint Luke’s Health System, and Michael A. Slubowski, FACHE, president/CEO, Trinity Health as they discuss advances in the field of healthcare quality and patient safety, as well as new challenges posed by the ongoing global pandemic. Estes and Slubowski will share strategies for identifying ongoing and emerging quality and safety…