Thursday, January 15, 2009

Loyola University Health System Selects New President of Gottlieb Memorial Hospital

Patricia Cassidy will replace retiring president John Morgan

MAYWOOD, Ill. January 15, 2009--Patricia "Trish" Cassidy, 47, a 20-year employee of Loyola University Health System (LUHS) who played a leading role in the decision to bring Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH) into the Loyola health system, has been named president of Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, Melrose Park.

Cassidy has begun the new year at Gottlieb as president-elect, working on strategic planning with the hospital's current president John Morgan and newly promoted chief operating officer Ken Fishbain. After serving at Gottlieb's helm for 19 years, Morgan announced his decision to retire effective July 1, 2009. Cassidy will step into her new position upon his departure.

Most recently, Cassidy has served as LUHS senior vice president for system development and strategy, with overall responsibility for LUHS planning, marketing (including media relations), government & community affairs, quality & patient safety, risk management & patient relations, provider relations & training and managed care contracting. In this role, she developed a strong relationship with senior management at Gottlieb and played a central role in devising the plan for integrating Gottlieb into LUHS. "There is not a member of the Loyola team who is better positioned to serve Gottlieb in the tradition of John Morgan than Trisha Cassidy," said Dr. Paul K. Whelton, president and CEO of LUHS. "I know that she will be an exceptional president of

Gottlieb. She is a dynamic leader who is easily approached and receptive to input." Whelton credits Morgan with skillful leadership during the Loyola-Gottlieb integration period. "The fact that the integration of Gottlieb and Loyola has gone so smoothly reflects well on the efforts of many individuals at Gottlieb and Loyola. However, first and foremost it is a manifestation of John’s gentle but firm and dedicated leadership. It is fitting that John’s last major contribution was to work with the board to position Gottlieb for a bright future," Whelton said.

Morgan's 19 years as president have brought significant changes to Gottlieb Memorial Hospital. The hospital experienced dramatic growth of facilities and services, which includes expansion of the emergency department as a Level II Trauma Center with a helipad; creation of the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Care Center with an architecturally award-wining design that fosters hope and healing; implementation of numerous patient safety initiatives; achieving national recognition from the American Heart Association for Gottlieb’s high standards in heart care; and most recently, the addition of private patient rooms for maternity and orthopaedic services.

"John’s vision and guidance have enabled Gottlieb to become one of the most progressive, innovative, financially sound hospitals in the nation, during a time when hospitals continue to struggle with intense external pressures, such as severe cuts in reimbursement, workforce shortages and burdensome regulatory requirements," said Gottlieb's Ken Fishbain.

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.