Vice President of External Affairs: Jennifer Koehler | Loyola Medicine
Friday, March 10, 2017

Jennifer L. Koehler, JD, Joins Loyola Medicine as Vice President for External Affairs

Jennifer L. Koehler, JD

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 Medicine, 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.

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 92 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 129,000 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.