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Published on February 15, 2021

Dr. Mary Jo Cagle Receives National Leadership Honor

Cagle was named to Modern Healthcare’s Women Leaders 10 to Watch List for 2021.

Dr. Mary Jo Cagle has been recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of 2021’s 10 Women Leaders to Watch in Healthcare. Cagle is chief operating officer of Cone Health and will become regional president once the pending Cone Health-Sentara Healthcare merger is approved.Dr. Mary Jo Cagle

“Our health care colleagues across the nation are clearly recognizing what we at Cone Health have known for years-- Dr. Cagle is a leader to watch,” says Cone Health CEO Terry Akin. “She is an inspiring, driving force to improve quality, value and innovation in health care. With this national recognition, she becomes a more visible example and role model for all of us, and especially women, who aspire to be leaders in any organization.”

10 to Watch honorees are making their mark on the industry and are likely to be seen on Modern Healthcare’s Top 25 Women Leaders in Healthcare list in the future. The high achievers recognized by Modern Healthcare develop policy and guide health care delivery improvement across the country. This award recognizes women in leadership roles, spotlighting their professional accomplishments.

“Honorees of the 2021 Top 25 Women Leaders in Healthcare award program have a mission to combat the longstanding imbalance of gender equity at the top rungs of leadership by promoting and hiring more female executives. They serve as mentors and create workplaces that embrace diversity and inclusion. And last year, they did this all while guiding their organizations through a global pandemic,” said Modern Healthcare editor, Aurora Aguilar.

Cagle and the other honorees were chosen from hundreds of nominations sent to Modern Healthcare. The Women Leaders to Watch in Healthcare is becoming an annual recognition.

Profiles of the Top 25 Women Leaders and 10 to Watch are online at and in the February 15 issue of Modern Healthcare.