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Distinguished Honor to an Alumnus

Congratulations to Linda Grass ('73) for this extraordinary achievement! The below article is from the Temple Health Jeanes Hospital website.

Linda Grass, President and CEO of Jeanes Hospital, Inducted into Temple University's League for Entrepreneurial Women's Hall of Fame
President and CEO at Jeanes Hospital, Linda J. Grass, was recently inducted into Temple University's League for Entrepreneurial Women's Hall of Fame. At a ceremony during the League's 15th annual conference, Grass – a 1973 graduate of Temple's College of Health and Professions and Social Work (CHPSW) – and two other women received the recognition for their contributions in innovation and leadership. 

The League addresses the challenges and interests of women in the greater Philadelphia region and beyond – and its Hall of Fame specifically recognizes Temple alumnae for their outstanding achievements as innovators, entrepreneurs, and leaders. Those inducted into the Hall of Fame have exhibited these achievements and continue to make strides as prominent leaders in their fields, serving as role models for Temple students and alumni. 

Grass was nominated for the honor by Emily Keshner, EdD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy for CHPSW, who in her nomination cited Grass' personal and professional achievements. "Only 18% of hospital CEOs are women," said Dr. Keshner. "Linda has defied those staggeringly lopsided statistics by leading the executive charge at Jeanes Hospital for more than a decade."

Grass has been president and CEO at Jeanes Hospital, part of Temple University Health System, since 2003. Prior to becoming CEO she served in a variety of roles, including Vice President of Clinical and Support Services, Vice President of Operations, and Chief Operating Officer. She received a bachelor's degree in physical therapy from Temple University, a master's degree in education from Arcadia University, and an MBA in health administration and finance from LaSalle University. 

In addition to being inducted into the League's Hall of Fame, Grass was the recipient of an Administrative Achievement Award from the Healthcare Leadership Network of the Delaware Valley, and the Temple University Founders Award. Grass was also granted the Temple University Gallery of Success Award, and was elected to the Wall of Fame at Pennridge High School in Perkasie, Pa., where she graduated as a Scholar Athlete. 

"Those of us in health care know that the status quo is not acceptable and success requires entrepreneurial qualities such as creativity, resilience and competitiveness," Grass said during her acceptance speech. She also acknowledged Temple University Health System, "for giving me the opportunity to advance my career during the past 20 years, and for supporting my efforts to meet the challenges that confront health care today."


Posted:  October 30, 2014