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Steven Johnson, PhD

by Jasmine Phiri

May 10, 2021

President and CEO,
Health First

Steven P. Johnson, Ph.D., is responsible for providing overall direction and leadership for Health First’s fully Integrated Delivery Network (IDN). Since 2011 under Johnson’s leadership, Health First has become an IDN focused on wellness and health, as well as prevention. The organization’s assets include four community and tertiary hospitals, an employed medical group of approximately 450 providers, a wide range of ambulatory and wellness capabilities (e.g., fitness centers, ambulatory surgery centers, diagnostic centers, retail pharmacies, durable medical equipment, home care, hospice and others), and a Health Plan with 170,000 members. In addition, Health First has meaningful partnerships and/or joint ventures with AdventHealth, Privia and Encompass, among others. Health First is developing three Wellness Villages, which will include short-stay facilities with full ORs, primary-care-oriented medical office buildings, childcare for staff and customers, health- and wellness-related retail, and on-site healthy food/nutrition. These Villages are being designed to be on a very human, approachable scale, anchored around park-like settings.

Prior to joining Health First, Johnson served as a regional executive in a for-profit, post-acute brain injury rehabilitation company and led a division of the managed care carve-out company, serving one million members. Immediately prior to joining Health First, Johnson served as the President of Hospital Operations for SSM Health Care-St. Louis (SSMHC), consisting of seven hospitals, including two Level 2 trauma centers and a freestanding children’s academic medical center. He began his career as a clinical psychologist, serving people with severe developmental disabilities.

Johnson received his undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Puget Sound in Washington, graduating Summa Cum Laude. He also earned a Master of Science in human development and a doctoral degree in psychology, both from the University of Kansas. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and serves on the Board of Trustees for the Florida Hospital Association.