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Bill Cox is president and CEO of the Alliance of Catholic Health Care. Based in Sacramento, CA, the Alliance is a statewide forum in which Catholic healthcare leaders collaborate to optimize opportunities for ministry success in advocacy, leadership formation, ethics and church relationships. The Alliance’s membership is comprised of three Catholic health systems and three independent hospitals, which operate 48 Catholic and community‐based affiliated hospitals throughout California.

Bill has over thirty years of national and state level experience as an innovative leader in health care. At the Alliance, he coordinated the efforts of five Catholic health care systems in the western United States to develop the Ministry Leadership Center (MLC). The Center’s purpose is to strengthen Catholic health care’s mission through an experienced‐based, theologically sound three‐year long formation program for senior managers. To date, the Center has graduated more than I,000 senior health care executives.

In the public policy arena he:

Designed and helped lead the statewide campaign that successfully delayed by five years implementation of California’s inordinately expensive hospital earthquake requirements; enabled Catholic systems to develop and adopt a statewide model policy on hospital billing and collection practices for low‐income patients; enabled Catholic systems to develop a model policy on statewide health care reform; helped defeat legislation that would have imposed onerous requirements for accessing the tax‐exempt bond market; and defeated legislation that would have required Catholic hospitals to provide services inconsistent with their religious and ethical beliefs.

Bill has written and spoken extensively on the value of not‐for‐profit health care, the burdens of California’s hospital regulations; the threats to and requirements for sustaining the Catholic mission in health care; and the value tenets that should support health care system reform.

Prior to joining the Alliance, Bill was executive vice president of the Catholic Health Association, Washington, D.C. At CHA he established the Catholic health care ministry as a distinctive and respected voice on national health care policy by, among other things:

Leading the development of the Social Accountability Budget (SAB) – a state of the art tool that enables hospitals to plan, budget and report on their charity care and community benefits; making significant public policy contributions in the areas of hospital tax‐exemption, tax‐exempt bond financing, the Medicare Prospective Payment system, health care system reform, religious freedom and health care for the poor and uninsured.

Bill is the immediate past chair of the board of directors of Providence Hospital, Washington, DC.  He is a Sponsor of Providence Ministries, which sponsors Providence Health & Services.  He is a member of the California Catholic Conference’s Institutional Affairs Committee and is a consultant to the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops’ Subcommittee on Health Care Issues.