Leslie Paul Luke serves as the 14th President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Joseph’s Health, a non-profit regional health care system that encompasses a 16-county service area across Upstate New York. Mr. Luke joined St. Joseph’s in February 2017. Prior to joining St. Joseph’s, Les served as Regional CEO of Tennova Healthcare, a six hospital system in Knoxville, TN with net revenues of $650 million. He also held the role of CEO at Physicians Regional Medical Center, Tennova’s flagship hospital.
Les was born in St. Louis, MO but raised in Hawaii where his parents are from. His father was a general surgeon who did his training in Syracuse. In 1991 he got his first CEO role at a 50-bed, not for profit hospital in Kentucky. Les then went to Erlanger Medical Center in Tennessee, an 850-bed tertiary medical center where he was responsible for quality improvement and marketing. He developed QIP teams and became agile in facilitation of quality improvement efforts while learning how to impact change through influence. Since then he served as CEO of three other hospitals, and in 2006, he joined Community Health Systems where he held several key leadership roles.
Mr. Luke holds a bachelor's degree in Sociology and a master’s degree in Health Administration from Brigham Young University in Provo, UT.