Annette M. Walker, MHA
President of Strategy, Providence St. Joseph Health
Chief Executive, St. Joseph Health
Annette Walker is president of strategy, Providence St. Joseph Health (PSJH)
and chief executive of St. Joseph Health. 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
Well regarded as a straight-forward and visionary leader, Annette 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 Annette’s 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. Annette also helped facilitate innovative
partnerships to ensure large organizations provide wellness to their employees.
The author of numerous articles on the promotion of health care quality,
and a featured speaker for national healthcare organizations, Annette
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. Most recently Annette was awarded Orange
County Business Journal’s 2016 Innovator of the Year Award.
In service to local communities, Annette has been on the board of trustees
for St. Joseph Health’s Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, Queen of the
Valley Medical Center, Petaluma Valley Hospital, Mission Hospital, St.
Mary Medical Center and the CSJ Educational Network. She currently serves
on the following boards – Institute for Mental Health and Wellness,
Community Partnership Fund, USF School of Nursing and Health Professions,
and the Orange County Business Council.
Annette holds a master's degree in health care administration from
the University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s degree in biology from
Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. She is an advocate of work-life
balance who enjoys spending time with her husband, Chuck, their six children
and ten grandchildren.