Ruth Skidmore, CEO of Northern California Medical Associates, was honored with the North Bay Business  Journal’s Women in Business Award. Ruth started her career path towards CEO of NCMA  as a surgical intensive care nurse at a top academic hospital. Although the experience in  the ICU gave her the ability to understand what doctors face on a political, emotional and professional basis, she eventually found the work repetitive.

It is Ruth’s love of strategy that has enabled NCMA to become the single largest independent medical group in Sonoma County, an accomplishment due to a constant focus on quality of care. Reflecting on her experience as a woman in a predominantly male industry, Ruth believes that her partners see only her accomplishments and skills, not her gender. Respect, Ruth says, is the foundation of everything and she has earned their respect and trust.  Under her guidance, NCMA has grown from six physicians to 60, from $4M in revenue to $52M, from four offices to 26 and 35 support staff to 250.