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2014 Women of the Year

Shideh Sedgh Bina, Annalisa Jenkins and Patricia A. Maryland named 2014 Women of the Year

In a unique 25th anniversary celebration of the HBA’s Woman of the Year (WOTY) event, the HBA announced three visionary women across the healthcare spectrum as the 2014 HBA Women of the Year. Together, Shideh Sedgh Bina, Annalisa Jenkins, MBBS, MRCP and Patricia A. Maryland, Dr.PH, accepted the award.

“2014 marks a year of celebration for the HBA. Recognizing our 35th year as the industry’s premier organization committed to the advancement of women in healthcare worldwide and celebrating 25 years of remarkable women leaders. It was important to mark these momentous milestones in a distinctive way” commented Jeanne Zucker, HBA chair emeritus. “We are excited to mark our WOTY silver anniversary with three distinguished leaders representing life sciences, care delivery, and management services, showcasing the diversity in healthcare and HBA’s commitment to women throughout the full-service continuum of healthcare.”

Shideh Sedgh Bina is a founding partner of Insigniam and editor in chief of Insigniam Quarterly. Shideh is an expert in managing change, innovation, and enterprise wide transformations. Globally regarded for her own leadership and vision in helping shape companies into the leading-edge players in healthcare, she is uniquely skilled at developing leaders, transforming business operations, and helping her clients create breakthrough impacts. Shideh has been a keynote speaker at numerous internal executive conferences for Fortune 500 companies.

Annalisa Jenkins, MBBS, MRCP, at the time of this award was executive vice president and head of global research and development for Merck Serono. In addition, she led global medical affairs and quality and was a member of the pharmaceutical executive committee. She joined Merck Serono in 2011, previously serving as head of global development and medical. Prior to joining Merck Serono, Dr. Jenkins was senior vice president, global medical affairs at Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS). She started with BMS in 1997 in the UK. In 2000, she moved to Australia to serve as executive medical director for Australia and New Zealand, subsequently leading the medical division across Asia Pacific and Latin America. Dr. Jenkins began her career as a medical officer with the British Royal Navy and served with the Minesweeper Squadron during the Gulf conflict, rising to the rank of surgeon lieutenant commander.

Patricia A. Maryland, Dr.PH, president of healthcare operations and chief operating officer of Ascension Healthcare. She previously served as the president and CEO of St. John Providence Health System in Warren, Michigan and as the Michigan ministry market leader for Ascension Healthcare, where she provided strategic and operational leadership for St. John Providence Health System while promoting alignment among health ministries within the Michigan market and with the system office on issues related to mission and vision. Dr. Maryland has served as the president of St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital, and as the executive vice president and CEO for St. Vincent Health. In this dual role she oversaw operations for St. Vincent Hospitals and Health Services, the flagship tertiary hospital of the St. Vincent Health system.


The cover story on our Women of the Year from HBA media partner Pharmaceutical Executive.

Read Shideh's Women of the Year speech

Read Annalisa's Women of the Year speech

Read Patricia's Women of the Year speech


About the HBA
The Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA) is a global nonprofit organization serving a community women and men in leading life sciences, biotech, pharmaceutical and supporting companies. The HBA has nearly 120 Corporate Partners and nearly 8,000 members served by more than 20 chapters and affiliates across the U.S. and Europe.