Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Loyola Appoints New Administrator to Centralize and Oversee its Solid-Organ Transplant Programs

David Brady in charge of managing all aspect of one of the busiest, most successful transplant centers in the United States

MAYWOOD, Ill. -- Loyola University Health System (LUHS) has hired a new administrator to consolidate and coordinate the complex administrative, regulatory, financial and clinical operations of its solid organ transplant programs.

David Brady, 47, brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in the area of transplant administration to Loyola, a major academic medical center that boasts one the nation's busiest and most successful solid-organ transplant centers, offering heart, heart/lung, lung, kidney and liver transplant programs.

"This new position provides central administrative leadership to our solid organ transplant program," said Sharon O’Keefe, president of Loyola University Hospital. "David will closely work with the physician leaders of each of our transplant programs and directly supervise the transplant coordinators."

From 2002 to 2009, Brady worked at the University of Chicago Medical Center in Chicago, where beginning in 2005 he served as the administrator of its transplant program overseeing staffing, contracting with managed care, Medicare reimbursement, profitability and regulatory compliance with federal and state agencies.

"Administering a transplant program is a demanding job because it's so specific to the individual organ on down to some of the personnel you have to have in place,” Brady said. "So for a transplant program to be successful and grow it's important to have someone who knows all the nuances of transplantation."

During his time at the University of Chicago, Brady also served as a resource for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of Survey and Certification, providing consultations and giving presentations at CMS training sessions. While there, he also held a clinical management position as a hospital operations administrator and as the manager of the Bed Access Center.

Brady also worked at Select Specialty Hospital in Hammond, Ind., as director as case management. Most recently he worked as director of strategy and development in the Office of Clinical Affairs of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association in Chicago.

Brady received his master of science in nursing and master of business administration degrees from St. Xavier University in Chicago. He earned a bachelor of science degree in health care management from Calumet College of St. Joseph in Hammond, Ind., and as associate of science degree in nursing from Purdue University, also in Hammond.

"I've been involved in transplant since 2005," said Brady, a native of Chicago. "I have the benefit of having the clinical background to understand the medical aspects of transplant and also the business background to understand the financial aspects as well."

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is part of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is a national Catholic health system with an enduring legacy and a steadfast mission to be a transforming and healing presence within the communities we serve. Trinity is committed to being a people-centered health care system that enables better health, better care and lower costs. Trinity Health has 88 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 119,000 employees.