Joné Koford

Adjunct Instructor

Master of Healthcare Administration

Adjunct, Faculty

Joné Law Koford has enjoyed an exceptional career in healthcare, spanning nearly 40 years. She has been an executive in both the not-for-profit and for-profit sectors. Her experience includes positions with St. Mary’s Hospital – part of the Mayo Health System in Rochester, MN and HCA, HealthTrust, and LifePoint Health all of which are based in Nashville, TN. Locally, she has worked with the St. Benedict’s Health System in Ogden, Utah currently known as Ogden Regional and Intermountain Healthcare, a regionally-based, integrated health system.
As President of Strategic Growth and Development for LifePoint Health, she led the company’s expansion efforts by strategically adding new hospitals to the organization’s portfolio including the formation of an innovative joint venture with Duke University Health System. Joné retired from LifePoint in 2013 and returned to Utah now residing in St. George. She has continued her involvement locally, having consulted with the University of Utah Health – Hospitals and
Clinics in regional network development; strategic planning for EPIC Healthcare, an emergency physician and hospitalist staffing group; and, most recently in the strategic design and implementation of Senior Services for Intermountain Healthcare’s Southern Region.
Joné has enjoyed each organization she has been part of and feels particularly fortunate for the variety of opportunities she has experienced. If pressed, however, she would most likely say that being a hospital CEO was her favorite role because she was closer to the actual delivery of care and the providers and staff who make the difference. At the heart of her work is the mindfulness of the end-user. “I never forget the business we’re in… and that’s caring for patients.” She passionately believes that when a healthcare organization focuses on providing a great work environment, is responsive to physicians and other providers, and remembers that patients and their families are the focal points, financial success follows.
Joné received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Weber State College and her Master’s degree in Hospital Administration from the University of Colorado. She has two daughters both of whom are also involved in healthcare. Joné and her family love participating in numerous types of sporting activities such as water and snow skiing, surfing, golf, pickle ball, and running (Joné excludes herself from the last activity noted). Family time centered around watching sporting events are always exciting as every family member seems to have a different
favorite team or competitor.