MAYWOOD, IL – Jennifer L. Koehler, JD, an executive with extensive experience in healthcare, nonprofits and government, has joined Loyola Medicine as vice president for external affairs.
Koehler will oversee advocacy (government affairs) and community benefit for Loyola University Health System (LUHS), a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus in Maywood, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and a large network of primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties.
“We are honored to have someone with Jennifer’s experience and passion to lead both our advocacy and community benefit activities for our region,” said Daniel J. Post, regional executive vice president, strategy and business development.
Koehler most recently was chief executive officer of a consulting firm she founded in 2015. She previously served as the executive director of Get Covered Illinois, the Illinois health insurance marketplace. During her tenure, she directed all statewide education and enrollment functions through two open enrollment periods, leading to the enrollment of more than 900,000 consumers.
Prior to Get Covered Illinois, Koehler held two positions in former Illinois Governor Pat Quinn’s administration: chief of staff for the office of legislative affairs and deputy general counsel. Koehler also worked in Cook County government.
Since 2015, Koehler has served as a board member of Access to Care, a non-profit primary healthcare program for low-income, uninsured and underinsured patients living in suburban Cook County and Chicago’s Northwest Side. Access to Care’s largest partner is the Loyola Center for Health on Roosevelt, which annually sees more than 1,000 patients enrolled in the program.
Koehler, of Chicago, also is a board member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Greater Chicago and WorldChicago, an organization that enhances respect and communication through international exchanges.
Koehler earned her juris doctor and bachelor degrees from Loyola University Chicago, where she is an adjunct faculty member in the health law program.