Anthony A. “Tony” Armada is chief executive of Swedish Health Services. Prior to joining Swedish in November of 2013, Armada served as president for Advocate Lutheran General Hospital and Advocate Lutheran General Children’s Hospital. Lutheran General is one of the flagship hospitals of Advocate Health Care, the largest health-care provider in Illinois. Lutheran General is a 638 bed teaching, research and tertiary care hospital and level 1 trauma center. Lutheran General Children’s Hospital is one of the most comprehensive providers of pediatric care in the state. The Lutheran General service area has an annual operating budget of $861 million with 4,262 associates and 1,200 physicians.
Before joining Advocate Lutheran General, Armada was president and chief executive officer for Henry Ford Hospital and Health Network in Detroit, Mich. from 2004 to 2009. He also served as senior vice president and area manager for Kaiser Permanente’s metropolitan Los Angeles service area from May 2000 to May 2004, and has held diverse senior leadership roles in his 29 years in the health-care field.
In 2012, Armada was appointed president of the Healthcare Executives Study Society, a voluntary educational organization for health-care professionals. In 2011 he became a member of the American Hospital Association’s Equity of Care Committee. He was also appointed to the board of trustees of the Kohl Children’s Museum of Greater Chicago in 2010. As Armada values diversity in health-care leadership, he has also served as chairman of the board for the Institute for Diversity in Healthcare Management. In November 2007 he was appointed the inaugural chairman of the newly formed Asian Healthcare Leaders Association, a national organization which promotes lifelong learning, coaching and mentoring, career development and networking opportunities in collaboration with the Institute for Diversity, American Hospital Association and the American College of Healthcare Executives.
In 2008 and 2010, Armada was selected as one of the Top 25 Minority Executives by Modern Healthcare magazine. He was the recipient of the ACHE 2011 Dean Conley Award for his article, “Diversity in Healthcare: Time to Get REAL!,” published in the spring 2010 issue of Frontiers of Health Services Management.
Armada has served on the Xavier University President Council and Graduate Program in Health Services Administration Advisory Board, and Michigan State University Dean’s Board of Advisors in the College of Natural Science. He serves as a mentor for the American College of Healthcare Executives and other resident/fellowship programs.
Armada received his bachelor’s degree in human medicine-medical technology from Michigan State University, and his dual master’s degree in hospital administration and business administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a member of the Healthcare Executives Study Society.
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