President, Strategy, Providence St. Joseph Health

A health care visionary and strategist, Annette Walker is a chief executive with an entrepreneur’s heart. The president of Providence St. Joseph Health’s (PSJH) Southern Division, she has re-imagined health care services throughout Southern California. She is accountable for all strategy, marketing, sales/outreach/business development and project management offices across the PSJH system, which was formed from Providence Health & Services and St. Joseph Health and now spans seven states and employs 100,000 caregivers.

Well regarded as a straightforward and visionary leader, Walker has a passion for developing teams. She served as interim president and chief executive of St. Joseph Health during the transition to PSJH and, for more than a decade, led St. Joseph Health’s strategy, marketing, communications, philanthropy, wellness programs and project management. She was instrumental in collaborating with regional leaders and physicians to develop, support, and implement the health system’s strategic objectives and competitive positioning. Thanks to her leadership, St. Joseph Health was a trailblazer for wellness and disease prevention. Her team opened several groundbreaking Wellness Centers and other programs, bringing wellness and health education literally to the doorstep of many. Walker also helped facilitate innovative partnerships to ensure large organizations provide wellness to its employees.

The author of numerous articles on the promotion of health care quality, and a featured speaker for national healthcare organizations, Walker has received national honors for her work, including Modern Healthcare’s Innovation in Healthcare Technology Award, the Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development Banner Award, the California Hospital Association’s Ritz E. Herman Innovator Award, and the Hospitals and Health Networks Innovator Award.

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