Larry M. Goldberg serves as president and chief executive officer of Loyola University Health System. Prior to joining LUHS in 2011, Mr. Goldberg served as chief executive officer of Vanderbilt University Hospital, Nashville, Tennessee. Earlier in his career, he served as vice president of hospital operations at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and was a consultant for Ernst & Young. Mr. Goldberg received a master's degree in health administration from Duke University and a bachelor's degree in health policy and administration from the University of North Carolina.
Executive Management Team
John Hart oversees all auditing and compliance functions for Loyola University Health System. A healthcare compliance expert, Mr. Hart previously served as clinical enterprise integrity officer for Oregon Health & Science University, also an academic medical center. Prior to Oregon Health, Hart was responsible for the internal audit, compliance, privacy and security functions of the UNC Health Care system (at the University of North Carolina). He has also worked in this field at North Carolina Baptist Hospital, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina and for private accounting firms. He earned a master’s in public health from the University of North Carolina and is currently licensed as a CPA in Oregon.
David W. Hecht, MD serves as executive vice president for clinical affairs at Loyola University Medical Center. He is the immediate past chair of the department of medicine at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. A renowned infectious disease clinician and researcher, Dr. Hecht has been a member of the Stritch faculty for more than 20 years and previously served as director of the division of infectious disease, department of medicine. Dr. Hecht earned his medical degree from Stritch, 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.
Wendy S. Leutgens, RN, MSN, president of Loyola University Medical Center, joined Loyola as chief operating officer in 2012. Prior to joining Loyola, Ms. Leutgens served as associate hospital director of professional services at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tenn, and earlier held operations leadership positions at PhyCor, a multispecialty group practice in Wilmington, N.C. Leutgens began her career as a staff nurse at Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, N.C., and earned her bachelor of science degree in nursing from East Carolina University, Greenville, N.C., and her master of science degree in nursing from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.
Blaine Petersen joined the organization as chief financial officer of Loyola University Health System in March 2016. A financial healthcare executive with more than 30 years of leadership experience, he oversees all financial planning, analysis and reporting for the health system. Prior to joining Loyola, Mr. Petersen served as CFO of St. Alphonsus Health System in Idaho, a four-hospital network that is also a Trinity Health system. Earlier in his career, he worked as vice president of financial services for Catholic Health Initiatives and vice president of network services for Rocky Mountain Health Care, both in Denver, Colorado. Mr. Petersen also has experience as a consultant for a variety of healthcare systems, including Presbyterian Health System, Mercy Medical Center, and Adventist Health System. He holds a master’s degree in business administration from Westminster College, the Gore School of Business, and earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Indiana University.
Vicky Piper serves as senior vice president of human resources. Prior to joining Loyola University Health System in 2006, Ms. Piper worked in various leadership roles in healthcare, including vice president of human resources at Vanguard Health Systems, West Suburban Health Care, Holy Cross Hospital and Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, and as 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.
Daniel J. Post serves as executive vice president, strategy and business development for Loyola University Health System. He is an accomplished healthcare executive with more than 30 years’ experience in program and network development, physician practice management, ambulatory and hospital operations. Mr. Post held responsibility for developing Loyola’s ambulatory network of more than 29 locations and its largest off-campus satellite in Burr Ridge, as well as the implementation of a system-wide electronic medical record. Mr. Post began his career in health care as a respiratory care practitioner and earned both his bachelor of science degree and a master in business administration degree at Loyola University Chicago.
Lori Price was named president of Gottlieb Memorial Hospital in 2013. Previously, Ms. Price was system chief operating officer and then president of St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Plymouth, Ind., after serving earlier as administrator of the St. Joseph Physician Network. 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. She successfully consolidated two of the system’s three hospitals and helped plan the hospitals’ $355 million replacement facility.
Ms. Price began her career as a medical-surgical nurse and 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.
Jill Rappis is responsible for the legal affairs of Loyola University Health System (LUHS) 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 began her career at Loyola in 1997 as associate general counsel of the medical center. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in english from the University of Kentucky and her juris doctor degree from Marquette University Law School.