Sandra Bennett Bruce received a B.A. in English from Western Michigan University in 1967. She also holds an M.A. (1982) in Health Administration from the University of Notre Dame. She is president and CEO of St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Boise, Idaho, which has 2,234 employees and ranks among the top 100 orthopedic, cardiovascular, and wired hospitals in the United States.
Ms. Bruce has thirty-three years of progressive senior management experience in health services, and has been president and CEO of both Mercy Hospital in Muskegon, MI, and Berrien General Hospital in Berrien Center, MI. While at Muskegon Mercy she received the MHA Meritorious Service Key Award, the highest honor awarded by The Michigan Health & Hospital Association.
Ms. Bruce serves on boards and committees for a number of professional organizations, including the Catholic Health Association of the United States, the Idaho Hospital Association (of which she is chairman-elect), the Boise Chamber of Commerce, the Idaho State University College of Business, and the Women’s and Children’s Alliance of Idaho. In March 2001 she was named to the American Hospital Association’s Commission on Workforce for Hospitals and Health Systems, a blue-ribbon panel studying the workforce shortage in the healthcare industry.