Thursday, September 24, 2009

Loyola University Health System Names New CFO

MAYWOOD, Il. -- John P. Mordach, an executive with 24 years experience managing the finances of complex health-care systems, has been named senior vice president and chief financial officer of Loyola University Health System (LUHS).

Mordach, vice president and CFO of Edward Health Services Corp. in Naperville, begins at Loyola on Nov. 16.

"We are indeed fortunate that John will be joining us as we continue to reinvigorate and grow LUHS' financial position," said Dr. Paul K. Whelton, president and CEO of LUHS. "John has a record of success in increasing efficiencies and enhancing financial performance."

Mordach said he is honored "to be part of the great team that Dr. Whelton has assembled, and to be CFO of a premier academic medical center. Loyola has a great tradition and a great brand. I also look forward to collaborating with Loyola University Chicago, a world class institution."

Mordach, 50, has been CFO of Edward Health Services Corp. since 2006. Previously, he held financial management positions at University of Chicago Hospitals and Health System, New England Medical Center Hospitals in Boston and three other Massachusetts hospitals. Mordach graduated Summa Cum Laude from Merrimack College in North Andover, Mass, and earned a masters in business administration from the University of Chicago.

Mordach will replace interim CFO Tom Honan of Navigant Consulting, who helped direct a financial turnaround during the worst recession since the 1930s. Last May, LUHS activated a workforce reduction of 443 positions as part of a wide-ranging effort to position LUHS for a healthy fiscal year 2010 and strengthen its long-term economic future. Other cost-cutting measures included reducing supply costs and streamlining hospital stays and discharges.

In accordance with its long-term strategic plan, LUHS also achieved major management goals that are improving effectiveness. New lean management processes are being implemented to ensure LUHS maintains financial strength.

The recent merger of the physician practice with LUHS has made the system stronger and more productive. Beginning last March, more than 250 Loyola physicians added evening and weekend clinic appointments. Consequently, patient volume increased 11 percent at a time when other health systems experienced decreases.

"As a result of these efforts, our financial performance has improved considerably," Whelton said. "I would like to thank Tom Honan for his efforts leading the strengthening of our financial health."

Mordach said he was attracted to Loyola by its Catholic charitable tradition and three-part mission of patient care, research and teaching.

Mordach thanked Edward CEO Pam Davis and other members of the leadership team and the board of trustees "for the great support they provided me during my three-year tenure."

Mordach lives in Naperville with his wife, Carol, and four children. He noted his 16-year-old son, John, recently underwent brain surgery to remove a benign tumor. "This experience has taught me how brave my son is, and has reconfirmed to me the higher calling of an academic medical center," he said.

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.