Sarah Jewell, founder and chief executive officer of ALC Health has been awarded an MBE in the New Year's Honours list.
Honours for those involved in health and care made up 7% of those on this year's New Year's honours list.
The award was made for her services to entrepreneurship in the medical health industry, she is now a Member of the Order of the British Empire.
Jewell said: "This was an unexpected but a great honour. Having been involved in the medical insurance industry for over 20 years, I have been privileged to meet and work with some quite amazing people whose support and guidance has played a great part in the success that I have enjoyed".
An MBE was also awarded to Dr Kate Granger, doctor in elderly care medicine at Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust, for services to the NHS and improving care.
She has written two books to help healthcare professionals to get a better understanding of how their behaviour can have a big impact on the people they look after, donating all profits to the Yorkshire Cancer Centre.
Granger said: "I am so passionate about my work in the NHS and to improve patient care in general that to be publicly recognised in this way is amazing. My support network of family, friends and colleagues is brilliant and this honour is dedicated to all of them."
There was an OBE for Professor Nigel Sparrow, national GP advisor and responsible officer at the Care Quality Commission, who is also medical director for revalidation at the Royal College of General Practitioners.
He said: "I am absolutely delighted to receive an OBE. It is wonderful to be recognised for the work that I have done to improve the quality of care in general practice at the Royal College of General Practitioners, the Standing Commission on Carers and now at the Care Quality Commission, as well as being a GP for the last thirty years.