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Senior Leadership Group

The senior management group comprises corporate officers and senior management.

Larry M. Goldberg

President and CEO, Loyola University Health System

Larry M. Goldberg serves as the president and chief executive officer of Loyola University Health System. Prior to joining LUHS in October 2011, Mr. Goldberg served as chief executive officer of Vanderbilt University Hospital, Nashville, Tenn., where he led a multiyear strategic positioning initiative for the medical center to improve profitability. Also while at Vanderbilt, he oversaw the planning and construction of a 141-bed critical-care patient tower and supported the development of the Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute.


Prior to joining Vanderbilt, Mr. Goldberg served as vice president of hospital operations at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago. In that role, he directly managed all support, diagnostic, therapeutic and ambulatory care services as well as critical operational activities. A frequent presenter and lecturer, Mr. Goldberg is a thought leader on health-care reform and the economics of medicine. He is involved in numerous organizations, including the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, the Partnership to Educate & Advance Kids, and is the founding member of the board of directors for the Joseph G. Nicholas Foundation for the Promotion of Youth Education. Goldberg received his Master of Health Administration degree from Duke University, Durham, N.C., in 1990 and his Bachelor of Science degree in health policy and administration from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 1985.

Larry M. Goldberg, President and CEO, Loyola University Health System

David W. Hecht, MD

Senior Vice President, Clinical Affairs; Professor, Department of Medicine; Co-director, Infectious Disease & Immunology Institute.

David Hecht was named Senior Vice President for Clinical Affairs in 2013. He is the immediate past chair of the Department of Medicine, the largest department within Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. He is a renowned infectious disease clinician and researcher who has been a member of the Stritch faculty for more than 20 years. He is a past division director of the Division of Infectious Disease, Department of Medicine. Dr. Hecht earned his medical degree from Stritch; he completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, and a fellowship in infectious disease and geographic medicine at Tufts University, Boston.

Dr. Hecht is certified by the American Board of Medicine. His current research focuses on antibiotic resistance in bacteria, and he has been a leader in the development of international testing guidelines for anaerobic bacterial strains. Dr. Hecht is a member of the American College of Physicians, the American Society for Microbiology and the Anaerobe Society of the Americas, among others, and a fellow of the Infectious Disease Society of America. He has published myriad scholarly articles and has been a guest lecturer at dozens of medical symposiums and conventions worldwide.

Dr. David Hecht, Senior Vice President, Clinical Affairs

Wendy S. Leutgens, RN, MSN

Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Wendy S. Leutgens, RN, MSN, a health care executive with more than 20 years of experience in hospital operations, nursing management and physician practice management, is Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Loyola University Medical Center. In addition to operations, she is responsible for the leadership of Loyola’s service lines and their integrated clinical programs: Oncology, Cardiovascular, Primary Care, Neurosciences/Musculoskeletal, Medicine/Surgery, and OB/GYN/Pediatrics.

Ms. Leutgens previously served as associate hospital director of professional services at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, where she oversaw the professional services division, encompassing radiology, pharmacy, laboratories, radiation oncology, access services, medical information services, allied health programs, acute rehabilitation services and supply chain.

Ms. Leutgens holds a bachelor of science degree in Nursing from East Carolina University, Greenville, N.C., graduating in 1987, and earned a master of science degree in Nursing from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, in 1991.

Wendy S. Leutgens, RN, MSN

Daniel Post

Senior Vice President, Business Development and Network Growth

Daniel J. Post serves as Senior Vice President, Business Development and Network Growth for the Loyola University Health System. He is an accomplished health-care executive with more than 30 years of experience in program and network development, physician practice management, ambulatory and hospital operations. Over the past 15 years, he played a key role in the development of Loyola’s Ambulatory Network now with over 30 locations, including the largest off campus satellite in Burr Ridge. While collaborating with the system CIO, he led the operational planning, implementation and optimization of Loyola’s systemwide electronic medical record in 2004.

He joined Loyola University Health System in 1984 and is currently responsible for system growth and development of Loyola’s coordinated network of care as well as through many affiliations and business ventures with area hospitals, health systems and physician groups.

Prior to this role, he held many leadership positions within the health system including: Senior Vice President for Clinical Programs, SVP Ambulatory Programs and Systems Services (IT, Facilities); Chief Operating Officer, LUMC; Vice President of Ambulatory Services; Administrative Director of Primary Care; Administrative Director of Women’s Health; Director of Loyola’s regional Perinatal Network and Assistant Director of Respiratory Care.  Mr. Post has served as a part-time faculty member at the College of DuPage and for the American Heart Association (ACLS, PALS, NALS) and visiting lecturer for Loyola University Chicago.

He received his bachelor of science and master of business administration degrees from Loyola University Chicago and is also a Respiratory Care Practitioner.

Mr. Post serves on the board of RML Specialty Hospitals and Loyola’s Ambulatory Surgery Center in Oakbrook (LASCO) Partnership.  He has also served on the boards of the Illinois Department of Finance and Professional Regulation, the Perinatal Association of Illinois and Plymouth Place, La Grange.

Daniel Post, Senior Vice President, Business Development and Network Growth

Jay Sial

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Jay Sial serves as the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Loyola University Health System. Prior to joining LUHS in April 2012, Mr. Sial served as the Chief Financial Officer of University of Kentucky Healthcare Hospitals, Lexington, Ky., where he helped UK Healthcare achieve an operating margin in the top 10th percentile of academic medical centers nationwide. While at UK, he also helped plan for the opening of a 1.2 million-square-foot replacement academic medical center which, in the first phase, included 128 inpatient beds, a new ED and nine operating rooms.

Prior to joining UK Healthcare, Mr. Sial was the Vice President of Finance at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, Pa. Mr. Sial started his career in the health insurance sector and worked for a major HMO in southern California in Finance and Operations. He received his Master of Business Administration degree from Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, in 1986 and his Bachelor of Arts Honors degree in Economics and Accounting from Delhi University, India. Mr. Sial has a strong operational and strategic planning background, has been a guest lecturer at University of Miami and Babson College and is a member of the HFMA.

Jay Sial, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

John Hardt, PhD

Vice President for Mission Integration; Associate Provost for Mission and Identity at Loyola University Chicago; Associate Professor, Bioethics, Stritch School of Medicine.

John Hardt, Ph.D., became Vice President for Mission Integration at Loyola University Health System and Associated Provost for Mission and Identity at Loyola University Chicago Health Sciences Division in July 2013. He provides oversight for Pastoral Care and ethics services in addition to supporting the mission and identity of LUHS as a Jesuit, Catholic health-care system. Prior to joining LUHS, Mr. Hardt served as an assistant to Loyola University President Michael Garanzini, S.J., where his work focused on the maintenance and growth of the University’s mission.

An Associate Professor of Bioethics in the Stritch School of Medicine, John holds a Doctorate in Christian Ethics from Boston College and completed a fellowship at the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Marquette University and a Master of Arts from Boston College. His academic work has concentrated on Catholic bioethics. He has offered testimony to the President’s Council on Bioethics in Washington, D.C., in 2007 on the topic of physician conscience in the clinical encounter and in March of 2012, was awarded a two-year grant and appointment as a Faculty Scholar in the University of Chicago's Program on Medicine and Religion. His grant research focuses on Ignatian spirituality and the formation of physicians. As part of the grant, he has launched a new program called The Physician’s Vocation Program for Loyola medical students interested in examining the intersection of their faith and the practice of medicine through a commitment of coursework, prayer and service.    



John Hardt, PhD

Sallie Hazelrigg

Vice President for Development

Sallie Hazelrigg came to Loyola University Health System in October 2013 as vice president for development. With more than 20 years of development experience, Ms. Hazelrigg has a strong background in managing capital campaigns and establishing philanthropy programs. She joined Loyola from Mercy Health Foundation in Springfield, Mo., where she served as regional vice president of philanthropy and led development initiatives for the north central communities of Mercy’s integrated health system. While at Mercy, Ms. Hazelrigg directed and implemented a philanthropy plan to help support a system goal of raising $800 million over 10 years. Her region raised $7.5 million in annual gifts and $8 million in capital gifts in a single fiscal year alone.

Prior to her role at Mercy, Ms. Hazelrigg served as director of development at Baylor Health Care System Foundation, Dallas, where she directed campaigns for system priorities, including Baylor’s Heart and Vascular Institute and its Ethics and Palliative Care Center. She also played a lead role in directing Baylor’s system-wide Employee Giving Campaign and exceeded the campaign’s goal by 19 percent. Other organizations for which Ms. Hazelrigg has held leadership positions include the Nashville Interfaith Volunteer Respite Caregivers Inc., the American Red Cross and the American Heart Association. She is a graduate of Baylor University and is affiliated with the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

Sallie Hazelrigg, Vice President for Development

Vicky Piper

Vice President, Human Resources

Vicky Piper was appointed vice president of Human Resources in 2006. Prior to this appointment, Ms. Piper worked in health care in various roles, including Vice President of Human Resources at Vanguard Health Systems, West Suburban Health Care, Holy Cross Hospital and Good Shepherd Hospital and Human Resources Manager at Advocate Health Care and BroMenn Healthcare. Ms. Piper received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Blackburn College and her master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Illinois State University.

Vicky Piper, Vice President, Human Resources

Lori Price, RN, MSA

President of Gottlieb Memorial Hospital

Lori Price, president of Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, is a veteran health-care executive with more than 25 years of experience as an administrator and registered nurse. Before coming to Loyola University Health System in May 2013, Ms. Price was president of St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Plymouth, Ind. She also served as administrator of the St. Joseph Physician Network, which included 26 practice locations and 70 physicians throughout the Michigan-Indiana area. During this time she led the health system’s successful transition to electronic medical records and helped the Plymouth campus become a Top 100 Hospital in the Thomson Reuters rankings.

Prior to becoming president at St. Joseph, she served as the system chief operating officer. During that time she successfully consolidated two of the system’s three hospitals. As part of this effort, she helped to design and plan the hospitals’ $355 million replacement facility.

Ms. Price earned a nursing degree from Memorial School of Nursing, a bachelor’s degree from College of St. Francis and a master’s degree in administration from the University of Notre Dame. Ms. Price began her career in health care as a medical surgical nurse. She served in various nursing administration roles at St. Joseph’s before she was promoted to vice president of clinical and patient care services and later to executive vice president of both the Plymouth and Mishawaka campuses. Ms. Price is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and was recognized by Modern Health Care with an Up and Comer Award.  

Lori Price, President of Gottlieb Memorial Hospital

Jill M. Rappis

Vice President and General Counsel

Jill Rappis is responsible for the legal affairs of Loyola University Health System and also holds some responsibility for Trinity Health’s corporate legal matters. She serves as Secretary to the Boards of Directors for Loyola University Health System, Loyola University Medical Center and Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, and maintains the corporate records for those entities. Ms. Rappis has been a part of LUHS since 1997, when she joined the medical center's legal team as associate general counsel.

Through the years, she has provided client counseling and legal advice in the areas of corporate risk management, clinical research, planned giving, intellectual property, student and faculty affairs, physician contracting, governance, litigation and corporate policies and procedures.

Prior to joining LUHS, Ms. Rappis served as assistant general counsel for Loyola University of Chicago. Earlier, she was a litigation attorney with the law firm of Rooks, Pitts and Poust, Chicago. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky, Lexington, Ky., and her law degree from Marquette University Law School, Milwaukee, Wis.

Jill M. Rappis, Vice President and General Counsel

Jennifer Rauworth

Vice President, Strategy, and Chief Administrative Officer

Jennifer Rauworth, a Chicago health-care strategist with special expertise in planning, operations and patient satisfaction programs, oversees the areas of strategy, planning and community benefit ministry. Ms. Rauworth was previously at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where she was employed for 10 years. Her most recent role at NMH was Director, Patient Experience. In this position, she worked to improve patient-satisfaction scores, achieving improvements across inpatient, outpatient, emergency services surgery and HCAHPS measures.

While at NMH she also served in various business development and planning roles, and was responsible for the development, implementation and monitoring of business and strategic plans. Ms. Rauworth received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics degree from Notre Dame in 1993 and a Master of Business Administration degree in Marketing, Finance and Health Services from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, in 2000.

Jennifer Rauworth, Vice President, Strategy, and Chief Administrative Officer

Cari Reed

Chief Integrity Officer

Cari Reed joined Loyola University Health System as the Chief Integrity Officer in February 2012. She provides leadership and direction to the operation of the LUHS compliance program, referred to as the Organizational Integrity Program. The Organizational Integrity Program helps ensure that the organization fully complies with various regulations and laws that apply to our business activities, as well as internal policies and procedures.

Before joining Loyola, she worked as Chief Compliance Officer at Abington Health in Pennsylvania, an organization with more than 6,000 employees and 1,400 physicians. There, Ms. Reed advised the CEO and Board of Trustees on regulatory matters, program initiatives and risks to the facilities. She helped in investigations related to reimbursement, code of conduct, HIPAA privacy and employee concerns. Before that, Ms. Reed was the Director of Compliance and Risk Management at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in New Jersey. At the Saint Barnabas Health Care System, she helped implement the organization’s formal compliance program at individual facility locations throughout New Jersey. She received her master's degree in health law from Seton Hall University School of Law, and a bachelor's in international environmental studies from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

Cari Reed, Chief Integrity Officer