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Nancy Howell Agee

Leadership Committee

President & CEO, Carilion Clinic

Nancy Howell Agee is president and chief executive officer of Carilion Clinic, a nearly $2 billion not-for-profit integrated health system headquartered in Roanoke, Virginia, serving more than 1 million people in Virginia and West Virginia.

Carilion Clinic includes seven hospitals ranging from the third largest in Virginia to mid-sized community and small rural or critical access hospitals. Carilion also operates complementary business lines, including home health, imaging services, pharmacies and free-standing surgical clinics and has a large physician group with more than 1,000 employed physicians.

Before becoming CEO in 2011, Ms. Agee served as executive vice president and chief operating officer. During her tenure as COO, she co-led Carilion’s reorganization from a collection of hospitals to a fully integrated, physician-led clinic. The reorganization resulted in a partnership with Virginia Tech to create an allopathic medical school and research institute.

Ms. Agee is recognized nationally as a health care leader and currently serves as chair of the American Hospital Association, a membership organization representing the nation’s 5,000 hospitals and health care systems. Ms. Agee was named to Modern Healthcare’s 100 Most Influential list in 2016, 2017 and 2018 and one of the magazine’s Top 25 Women in 2017. She also is the 2018 recipient of the National Center for Healthcare Leadership’s Gail L. Warden Leadership Excellence Award. She is a former member of The Joint Commission’s Board of Commissioners and past chair of the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association and the Virginia Center for Health Innovation.