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Ron Lavater, FACHE


International Hospital Federation

Ronald Lavater is CEO of the International Hospital Federation. He is a healthcare executive with 25 years of leadership experience in public and investor-owned healthcare companies in the United States and international markets. With extensive knowledge in hospital operations and ambulatory services, including retail urgent care, Mr. Lavater has a deep and broad-based understanding of the healthcare services sector with a global perspective. Before joining the IHF, he served as CEO of WellStreet Urgent Care, headquartered in Atlanta. From 2014 to 2016, he was CEO of Al Noor Hospitals Group Plc. He also worked for six years for Johns Hopkins Medicine International, serving first as CEO of Corniche Hospital in Abu Dhabi for five years and later as a senior executive representing many of the company’s interests in the Middle East.

Mr. Lavater began his healthcare career in 1993 as an analyst for senior management with insurance company Blue Cross and Blue Shield. After a few years, he was recruited by Hospital Corporation of America, where he held several leadership roles in U.S. hospitals, including CEO and COO. He also has served as a nonexecutive director for Optegra Eye Health Care. Mr. Lavater holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Florida and a master’s degree in public administration from Florida State University. He previously completed a two-year term as president of ACHE’s Healthcare Executives Group of Middle East and North Africa. Mr. Lavater is board certified in healthcare management as an ACHE Fellow.


Experiences From Being a Hospital Internationalist CEO: What Is it Like to Lead a Hospital in a Foreign Country?

Presented by Ben Frank, FACHE, David Hoidal, Linda Clark, FACHE, Ron Lavater, FACHE at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, March 24th.

In this session, healthcare executives from the United States will share their experiences and insights of leading a hospital in a foreign country. Session participants will have the opportunity to gain pragmatic advice on how to become a ”hospital internationalist CEO.” Learning Objectives: Explore lessons learned on leadership style, approach and skills to be successful…