Annie Stephenson Hostetler
Annie Stephenson Hostetler is Chair-Elect of Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) and daughter of CTCA® founder and Chairman Richard J Stephenson. Hostetler is driven by her family’s ongoing quest to change the face of cancer care through the hallmark principles behind the Mother Standard® of care, inspired by the personal cancer journey of Annie’s grandmother, Mary Brown Stephenson.
The Mother Standard asks, “If your mother or someone you loved had cancer, how would you want them cared for?” This unapologetic focus on doing everything humanly and scientifically possible to help each cancer patient achieve his or her life and health goals motivated Hostetler to pursue a career in entrepreneurship and innovation.
“There are two undeniable truths about entrepreneurship,” according to Hostetler. “First, successful entrepreneurship starts by understanding the needs of your customers. Second, entrepreneurs can never rest on what they think they know because customer needs evolve. This is particularly true when serving the needs of people living with cancer.”
Hostetler’s entrepreneurial perspective on serving the needs of cancer patients fuels her passion for innovation because, “Cancer patients value hope more than anything else. Their hope is to find treatment options that help them live longer, better quality lives. At CTCA, hope is where innovation begins, and it never ends as long as there is need. It’s my personal mission to provide that environment at all of our hospitals.”
Hostetler earned her undergraduate degree from DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind., and her MBA in Entrepreneurship from Babson College in Wellesley, Mass. Her career accomplishments as a business owner and consultant in retail, real estate, healthcare and not-for-profits are based on translating the needs of the customer into specific solutions executed with clear metrics and processes.
Hostetler serves on the Board of Trustees for the National Foundation for Women Legislators, a non-partisan leadership development resource of women legislators; The American Heart Association’s Circle of Red Executive Leadership Committee; St. Nicholas School, a private Episcopal school; and Assistance in Healthcare, providing non-medical financial support for cancer patients.