The Ian Adler Memorial Healthcare Innovator Award gives our attendees, hosts and sponsors an opportunity to recognize outstanding operating executives who, as health industry change agents and Chief Executive Officers, have made a dramatic impact on the success of their individual companies in terms of value creation; the implementation of sector-shaping business models and innovative business practices; culture and team-building; and their individual/organizational impact on the overall healthcare scene.

In nominating and selecting awardees, we have a strong bias for leaders who have achieved these goals within the context of the emerging growth arena, and whose entire body of work across a career in relevant settings can be recognized by our Conference. The healthcare segments represented in a nominee’s background include healthcare services, managed care, and health information.

2022 Award Recipient: Benjamin A. Breier

R. Andrew Eckert

Benjamin A. Breier
Partner, Partners Group
Ex-CEO, Kindred Healthcare

This year, the Healthcare Leaders Conference honors Benjamin A. Breier, a Partner at Partners Group, Head of Health and Life Sciences in the US. He joined the firm in June 2022 after a long and successful role leading one of the nation’s largest healthcare services companies. Breier is former Chief Executive Officer of Kindred Healthcare, LLC. He became CEO in March of 2015, after having been named President in 2012. In December 2021, LifePoint Health, a subsidiary of Apollo Global Management, acquired Kindred, creating a leading diversified healthcare delivery network with expanded services, resources, and expertise to grow and invest in community healthcare.

Kindred had previously been named one of Fortune magazine’s Most Admired Companies nine times. Throughout Mr. Breier’s tenure at Kindred, he has strategically deployed capital to create leading scaled businesses in a variety of areas. In July 2018, Mr. Breier led a consortium of buyers, including Humana, TPG Capital and Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe in a successful leveraged buyout of previously publicly traded Kindred Healthcare (KND:NYSE). Acquiring and integrating publicly traded RehabCare in 2011 made Kindred the largest rehabilitation provider in the United States. Acquiring and integrating Gentiva Health Services in 2015 made Kindred the largest provider of Home Health and Hospice in the country. In December 2020, Kindred completed the sale of its RehabCare business to Select Rehabilitation, solidifying the Company’s Position as a leading provider of hospital-level acute care. In 2017 Mr. Breier completed the divestiture of one of the largest skilled nursing facility platforms, completely exiting the skilled nursing industry. 

Mr. Breier received his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He received both an MBA and an MHA from the University of Miami (Fla.).  Read More >

Past Innovator Award Recipients

Julie Klapstein

Julie Klapstein

(2021)

Quint Studer

Quint Studer

(2016)

Pat Ryan

Pat Ryan

(2012)

Glen Tullman

Glen Tullman

(2019)

April Anthony

April Anthony

(2015)

Senator Bill Frist

Senator Bill Frist

(2011)

R. Andrew Eckert

R. Andrew Eckert

(2018)

Norman Payson, MD

Norman Payson, MD

(2014)

Steve Shulman

Steve Shulman

(2010)

Toby Cosgrove, MD

Toby Cosgrove, MD

(2017)

Alan Hoops

Alan Hoops

(2013)

In Memory of Ian Adler

In 2016, with the untimely passing of Ian Adler, the Innovator Award was renamed as a tribute to our great friend and sponsor.

Ian was Senior Managing Director of Healthcare at Marwood Group, and his energy, passionate commitent to the healthcare industry, and his generosity of spirit embody all the best of Healthcare Leaders.

We sincerely miss him.