Anthony B. Coleman, DHA is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Broadlawns Medical Center. He assumed his responsibilities on December 6, 2021. In addition to leading the hospital, Anthony (Tony) is engaged in the community and serves on the Iowa Hospital Association's Board of Directors, the Des Moines University Board of Trustees and the United Way of Central Iowa's Board of Directors.
Tony was born and raised in Southern California and enlisted in the U.S Navy, serving onboard warships in the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. After completing two full sea tours, Tony was commissioned as a Naval Officer. While in graduate school, Tony worked in a rural South Carolina hospital where he discovered his passion for eliminating health disparities among vulnerable populations.
During his tenure as a Naval Officer, Tony served in various roles of increasing responsibility, including: Department Head, Medical Administrative Officer onboard USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN 75) and CFO and Executive Board Member at Naval Hospital Beaufort, South Carolina. Some highlights of his 20-year military career include earning the Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist designation, Surface Warfare Medical Department Officer qualification and the Executive Medicine additional qualifying designator. While in the military, Tony received a Secretary of Defense appointment to serve as a United States Senate Youth Program Military Mentor and served as Treasurer of the National Association of Health Services Executives, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the advancement and development of African American health care leaders and to elevate the quality of healthcare services rendered to minority and underserved communities.
Tony is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and holds the dual distinction of being an Executive Development Program Fellow and Executive Diversity Scholar. He is also a Marshall Memorial Fellow (MMF) of the German Marshall Fund, a non-profit organization designed to increase transatlantic cooperation. During his time as an MMF, Tony traveled to Belgium, England, Spain, Hungary and Germany to study the complexities of the European universal healthcare system.
Through his military, healthcare, education and transatlantic experiences, Tony realized the potential to address health inequity through local government involvement and effective legislation. This led him to earn a doctorate in Health Administration and Policy, serve on the Tax Assessment Board in Berkeley County, South Carolina and ultimately run for State Senator in South Carolina’s 44th district.
In Tony’s previous role he was Vice President of Operations Support for Kaiser Permanente’s largest and fastest growing service area. In this role, he oversaw multiple departments in two medical centers totaling 636 licensed beds, 16 medical office buildings and 9 mental health facilities across a 65-mile geographic area. He proudly partnered with 1,100 Permanente physicians to provide care to over 653,000 covered lives. His leadership was instrumental in the 48-bed build out and expansion of Ontario Medical Center, as well as the construction of a brand new 55,000 square foot medical office building designed to address growing social health needs and inequities in the high desert area.