Sherie Hickman is a vibrant, performance-driven executive with distinct skills in advising boards and senior executives on their roles in leading through disruption and critically evaluating strategic direction. Sherie has served on several diverse boards dedicated to a variety of missions, from care delivery improvement to social action, education access to economic empowerment. She is well-suited to bring her strategic, operational, and financial expertise to board service with a private or for-profit organization.
With more than 25 years of leadership experience in the healthcare industry, Sherie has been at the forefront of all aspects of the healthcare continuum and can see organizations from a holistic perspective. In the face of complex challenges, she detects the core issue, synthesizes what needs to be done, and focuses on the solution, one issue at a time. She is a risk taker who is comfortable with ambiguity and who relentlessly pursues the best opportunities for organizational growth.
herie has served in a variety of executive positions in the healthcare industry, primarily in California facilities. Each position has yielded quantifiable results. Most recently, in her first year as chief executive officer for Sutter Health/Sutter Delta Medical Center, Sherie improved financial performance by $12 million. At Sutter Health/Novato Community Hospital, she grew surgical volume 20 percent better than budget in one year and reduced cost per adjusted discharge by 3 percent. At Dignity Health/Sequoia Hospital, she converted the hospital to an electronic health record and established a multidisciplinary surgical governance team that improved operating room block use by 40 percent. In various executive positions at Kaiser Foundation Hospital and Health Plan, she exceeded all Joint Commission quality performance targets at 98 percent or better; reduced workplace injures by 42 percent; and achieved 145 percent of goal on supply cost savings initiatives. In Charlotte, NC, at Novant Health/Presbyterian Healthcare System, she increased operating income over $3 million in medical oncology through practice operations improvement and at Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, reduced ambulatory care expenses by 14 percent in one year.
Board service includes positions as board chair and treasurer for the California Association of Health Care Leaders, board member and board secretary of Pearl and Ivy Corporation, board member of the East Bay Leadership Council, and board member of the Marin Economic Forum. Her goal is to continue to contribute her expertise through board leadership to improve lives, enhance the well-being of communities, and bring about positive change. She has received numerous recognitions, including California Women’s Conference Power 50 List Honoree, North Bay Business Journal Woman of the Year Honoree, and the Regents Award from the American College of Healthcare Executives for Outstanding Leadership in Healthcare Administration.
Sherie received a Master’s in Hospital Administration from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the University of Washington. She has participated in several executive leadership programs and continues to pursue her passion for professional development and lifelong learning. An outdoor enthusiast, Sherie is an alpine skier and also enjoys long hikes on trails throughout the California Bay Area.