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Charles S. Lauer National Healthcare Award

The B’nai B’rith National Healthcare Award, established in 1983, highlights the outstanding work of individuals and corporations that set the standards for health and education initiatives that better the lives of people throughout their communities and around the world.

2022 Honoree

Rod Hochman, M.D. CEO and President, Providence

It is a great pleasure to inform you that on October 27th, B’nai B’rith International will proudly present the prestigious Charles S. Lauer National Healthcare Award to Rod Hochman, M.D., president & CEO of Providence, a Catholic not-for-profit health system. This event, now in its 39th year, honors those in the healthcare field who demonstrate enlightened civic concern, philanthropic leadership and a commitment to excellence. And this year, we’re pleased to bring this event to you in-person, with an award dinner at the Ritz Carlton in Washington, D.C.


Rod Hochman, M.D., is the president and CEO of Providence, a Catholic not-for-profit health system. Providence has served the Western U.S. for more than 165 years and together includes 120,000 caregivers who serve in 52 hospitals, more than 1,000 clinics and hundreds of programs and services in Alaska, California, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas and Washington. He is passionate about drawing on the diverse resources and talents within the Providence family of organizations to touch lives wherever relief, comfort and care are needed most.

Under Rod’s leadership, Providence is transforming health care for the future through digital innovation, population health, mental health, genomics, whole person care and outreach to those who are poor and vulnerable. He championed the formation of Well Being Trust, established in 2016 with a $100 million endowment from Providence to focus on the mental health and wellness of communities. In 2020, Rod also proudly supported a $50 million, five-year pledge by Providence to address racial disparities in health care.

He is the chair of the American Hospital Association Board of Trustees, and has served as past chair of AHA’s Regional Policy Board 9 and of the board of trustees for the Catholic Health Association. Rod has been named among the most influential people in health care by Modern Healthcare several years in a row. He was awarded the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award by the Puget Sound Business Journal. In 2019, the National Center for Healthcare Leadership honored him as the recipient of the Gail L. Warden Leadership Excellence Award.

Rod served as a clinical fellow in internal medicine at Harvard Medical School and Dartmouth Medical School. In addition, he is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a Fellow of the American College of Rheumatology. He received his bachelor’s degree and medical degree from Boston University.


Top media appearances and recent awards

  • JPM Annual Healthcare Investment Conference, January 2020
  • Living like a leader: a day with Providence St. Joseph CEO Dr. Rod Hochman – Becker’s Hospital Review, February 2020
  • HIMSS20: embrace disruption to evolve health care delivery, Dr. Rod Hochman says – HealthTech, March 2020
  • Exclusive: Dr. Rod Hochman says US response to coronavirus will be ‘wake-up call’ – Puget Sound Business Journal, March 2020
  • Providence President & CEO Rod Hochman on hospitals’ preparations for the coronavirus – CNBC, March 2020
  • Providence President & CEO Rod Hochman comments on shortage of materials needed to run coronavirus tests – Business Insider, March 2020
  • Providence President & CEO Dr. Rod Hochman offers insights from treating coronavirus patients – Bloomberg TV, March 2020
  • Providence CEO Rod Hochman talks COVID-19 tests, billing, and staff morale – Modern Healthcare, March 2020
  • Providence’s Dr. Rod Hochman on rethinking how we prepare for the next epidemic or pandemic – CNN, March 2020
  • HIMSS 2020 Global Conference Keynote: Digital Health Transformation: The Path Forward, March 2020
  • Becker’s 11th Annual Meeting 2020 Keynote Speaker, April 2020
  • Providence’s Rod Hochman on how social distancing is showing signs of reining in virus on West Coast – Bloomberg Law, April 2020
  • Providence St. Joseph hasn’t seen overloads, says CEO Rod Hochman – Bloomberg, April 2020
  • Seattle-area hospital execs, including Providence’s Rod Hochman, join PSBJ’s Straight Talk series debut – Puget Sound Business Journal, April 2020
  • Providence’s Rod Hochman on payment amid coronavirus pandemic – Business Journals, April 2020
  • A Conversation with Rod Hochman on COVID-19 – Milken Institute, April 2020
  • Providence’s Rod Hochman on the risks posed to rural hospital by coronavirus – Politico, April 2020
  • Rod Hochman speaks on how Providence prepared to handle COVID-19 and the future of healthcare – Becker’s Healthcare Podcast, April 2020
  • Providence CEO Rod Hochman sounds note of optimism – Bloomberg, April 2020
  • Hospitals hit hard by the coronavirus are looking to restart surgeries and procedures as soon as this week. We spoke with 3 health systems about how they plan to do that, including Providence’s Rod Hochman – Business Insider, April 2020
  • Providence CEO Rod Hochman shares 3 lessons learned from the coronavirus outbreak – Business Insider, April 2020
  • Providence’s Rod Hochman provides a coronavirus update – Bloomberg, May 2020
  • How the coronavirus will permanently change health care, according to Providence’s Rod Hochman and 25 other top industry leaders – Business Insider, May 2020
  • Concerns about childcare for health care workers growing as pandemic continues, featuring Providence’s Rod Hochman – CNBC, July 2020
  • Providence CEO Rod Hochman on 5 of pandemic’s transformative changes to health care – Becker’s Hospital Review, October 2020
  • Providence’s Rod Hochman, other health care experts offer advice to the President-elect – Modern Healthcare, November 2020

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About Providence
Providence is a national, not-for-profit Catholic health system comprising a diverse family of organizations and driven by a belief that health is a human right. With 51 hospitals, 1,085 physician clinics, senior services, supportive housing and many other health and educational services, the health system and its partners employ more than 119,000 caregivers serving communities across seven states – Alaska, California, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, and Washington, with system offices in Renton, Wash., and Irvine, Calif. Learn about our vision of health for a better world at

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