Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Loyola Executive Wendy Leutgens Elected to MCHC Board of Directors

MAYWOOD, Ill.  – Wendy Leutgens, RN, MSN, chief operating officer of Loyola University Health System, has been elected to serve a three-year term on the Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council’s (MCHC) board of directors.

MCHC is a membership and service association composed of more than 150 hospitals and health-care organizations working together to improve the quality of health-care services in the metropolitan Chicago area.

“I am honored to have been elected to the MCHC board of directors,” Leutgens said. “I look forward to working with the board to further the mission of MCHC and improve the delivery of health care in the greater Chicago region."

Leutgens began her career as a staff nurse, caring for pediatric patients at Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, N.C., and assumed roles of greater leadership and responsibility over the next 20 years.

Before joining Loyola, Leutgens served as associate hospital director of professional services at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tenn. In this role, she collaborated with other leaders to oversee the professional services division, including radiology, pharmacy, laboratories, radiation oncology, access services, medical information services, allied health programs and acute rehabilitation services.

Prior to Vanderbilt, Leutgens worked for PhyCor of Wilmington, N.C., as chief operating officer of a multispecialty group practice and later as director of clinical and administrative operations at PhyCor's corporate office.

Leutgens holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from East Carolina University, Greenville, N.C., and a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), located on a 61-acre campus in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH), on a 36-acre campus in Melrose Park, and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. At the heart of LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital that houses the Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, a burn center, a children's hospital, Loyola Outpatient Center, and Loyola Oral Health Center. The campus also is home to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. The GMH campus includes a 254-licensed-bed community hospital, a Professional Office Building with 150 private practice clinics, 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.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 93 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities — that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.