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 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 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 92 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities - that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.