Chief Medical Officer of Gottileb Memorial Hospital | Loyola Medicine
Thursday, January 14, 2016

Gottlieb Memorial Hospital names Bernard Gawne, Jr., MD, chief medical officer

MAYWOOD, Ill. – Bernard Gawne, Jr., MD, MS, MPH, MSMOB, CPE, FACPE, has been named chief medical officer (CMO) of Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH), part of Loyola University Health System.

Dr. Gawne comes to Gottlieb from The Joint Commission where he served as a physician surveyor for the hospital accreditation program.

“As part of Loyola’s world-class academic health system, Gottlieb offers patients access to the most advanced specialty care,” says Lori Price, president, GMH. “Dr. Gawne is an experienced leader and will work collaboratively with Loyola and our GMH community of physicians to advance our patient experience, clinical quality and performance improvement initiatives.”

Prior positions held by Dr. Gawne include: vice president (VP), chief medical officer (CMO) and patient safety officer at The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, OH; VP/CMO at SSM St. Mary’s Health Center in St. Louis, MO; VP/CMO for Provena Health Central Illinois Region; and senior vice president of medical affairs for Owensboro Medical Health System in Owensboro, KY.

“I am excited to join Loyola University Health System’s Gottlieb Memorial Hospital and to support their mission to provide safe, quality care using the best practices,” said Dr. Gawne. “I look forward to facilitating collaboration between the hospital and physicians to provide our patients with the highest level of care.”

Dr. Gawne is board certified in ophthalmology and received his medical degree from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. He completed his internship at Northwestern University Medical Center and his residency in ophthalmology at the Loyola University Affiliated Hospitals. Dr. Gawne has a Master of Science in Counseling and Guidance from Illinois Institute of Technology, a Master of Public Health and a Master of Science in Management and Organizational Behavior from Benedictine University, where he also received a graduate certificate in Managed Care.

Prior to entering administrative medicine, he served as a three-term president of the Illinois Association of Ophthalmology. Dr. Gawne practiced in solo, single specialty, multispecialty and corporate ophthalmology settings in the Chicago suburban area for twenty years.

Dr. Gawne is a diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners, a diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology, and a diplomate of the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians. He is a fellow of the American College of Physician Executives and fellow of the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians.

Dr. Gawne, a fourth-generation Oak Park native who also raised his children in the village, is excited to return to the area and begin serving his hometown and surrounding communities.      

About Loyola Medicine and Trinity Health

Loyola Medicine, a member of Trinity Health, is a quaternary care system based in the western suburbs of Chicago that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services from 1,877 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital in Maywood that includes the William G. and Mary A. Ryan Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, Illinois's largest burn center, a certified comprehensive stroke center and a children’s hospital. Having delivered compassionate care for over 50 years, Loyola also trains the next generation of caregivers through its teaching affiliation with Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Gottlieb is a 247-licensed-bed community hospital in Melrose Park with 150 physician offices, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park. MacNeal Hospital is a 374-bed teaching hospital in Berwyn with advanced inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and psychiatric services, advanced diagnostics and treatments. MacNeal has a 12-bed acute rehabilitation unit, a 25-bed inpatient skilled nursing facility, and a 68-bed behavioral health program and community clinics. MacNeal has provided quality, patient-centered care to the near west suburbs since 1919.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic healthcare systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 94 hospitals, as well as 109 continuing care locations that include PACE programs, senior living facilities and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually. Based in Livonia, Mich., and with annual operating revenues of $18.3 billion and assets of $26.2 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity employs about 133,000 colleagues, including 7,800 employed physicians and clinicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity is known for its focus on the country's aging population. As a single, unified ministry, the organization is the innovator of Senior Emergency Departments, the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services—ranked by number of visits—in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of available programs.