Christine M. Candio, FACHE
President & Chief Executive Officer, St. Luke's
Christine Candio was appointed president and chief executive officer of St. Luke’s in January 2015. Prior to joining St. Luke’s, she served for six years as CEO of Inova Alexandria Hospital in northern Virginia and as senior vice president of Inova Health System.
Ms. Candio began her career as a nurse, progressed through nursing leadership ranks at several hospitals and gained extensive healthcare operations and senior executive leadership experience in both acute care and outpatient settings during the past three decades.
As a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, she is board-certified in healthcare management and is a Past Chairman of the American College of Healthcare Executives, which is an international professional society of more than 40,000 healthcare executives who lead hospitals, healthcare systems and other healthcare organizations.
She has served on the boards of many other professional and community organizations and has been a guest speaker at numerous healthcare conferences throughout the country. Currently, she is the chairman of the advisory board of the George Washington University MHA Program, Washington, D.C., and a member of the Missouri Hospital Association Board of Trustees.
Ms. Candio is the recipient of the 2019 ACHE Gold Medal Award, the highest honor bestowed on healthcare leaders who have made meaningful contributions to the healthcare industry. Also in 2019, she was awarded the Missouri Hospital Association Distinguished Service Award for her ongoing commitment to improving healthcare policy and leadership in Missouri and throughout the nation.
In addition, Ms. Candio was named one of the 2017 Most Influential Business Women by the St. Louis Business Journal, recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of 10 “Women to Watch in Healthcare” in 2017 and the recipient of the 2017 Healthcare Accomplishment Recognition Award for Healthcare Industry Leadership from the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association. In 2014, she was recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review on the list of “24 of the Leading Women to Know in Healthcare.” She is also a recipient of the 2012 Washington SmartCEO Brava! Award, which celebrates top female CEOs who demonstrate an entrepreneurial spirit along with a passion for giving back to the community.
She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from William Paterson University of New Jersey and a Master of Public Administration degree with a focus in healthcare management from Fairleigh Dickinson University.