With a career in healthcare that has spanned more than 33 years, Mr. Gutierrez joined Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center in November 2010. Since, Saint Joseph has been named one of the Most Wired hospitals in the United States for its progress towards greater health information technology, as well as one of the nation’s 15 Top Health Systems, and Top 5 for Small Health Systems.
Gutierrez joins visionary leaders as Top 25 Minority Executive from institutions such as Catholic Health Initiatives, Bon Secours Health System, Harvard Medical School, Kaiser Foundation Hospital and Health Plan, United Health Group, as well as the current U.S. Surgeon General, the Assistant Secretary for Health and Human Services and the United States Chief Technology Officer. Candidates who were selected must have successfully served as a leader in a healthcare organization, shown the ability or power to effect change in the healthcare industry, demonstrate a willingness to share expertise with others in the field, serve as a role model or mentor to other healthcare executives, and assumed a leadership position in the industry outside their organization.
“This is a well-deserved, but not surprising, recognition for Al Gutierrez, “ said Rick O’Connell, Executive Vice President of Hospital Networks at Trinity Health, the Novi, Michigan parent company of Saint Joseph. “Trinity Health and Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center are fortunate to have a leader like Al, whose commitment to improving the health of our communities is unwavering, and his willingness to mentor others, as well as serve the community outside the walls of the hospital, is a true inspiration.”
Locally, Gutierrez serves as the Vice-Chair of the Board of Select Health Network, and has joined The Chamber of Commerce for St. Joseph County Board of Directors. Mr. Gutierrez is also involved with the Latino Community, and serves on the Advisory Board of the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame, as well as on Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades’ Diocesan Finance Council. In November 2011, Gutierrez accompanied the Bishop to the Vatican for the 26th International Conference of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers.
Gutierrez and other Top 25 designees will be honored at a banquet in Chicago on Tuesday, July 10, at the Chicago Marriott Magnificent Mile.