Monday, March 30, 2009

Loyola University Hospital Names New President

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing alumna and former Loyola nurse returns to lead hospital

MAYWOOD, Ill. - Sharon O'Keefe, RN, MSN, has been named president of Loyola University Hospital, effective Monday, April 27, 2009. O'Keefe was recruited to Loyola from Barnes-Jewish Hospital where she has served as chief operating officer since July 2002.

"I am delighted that Ms. O'Keefe will join our senior leadership team," said Paul K. Whelton, MD, president and CEO of Loyola University Health System. "Her professional abilities and personal attributes, combined with her high level of energy and experience, make her a tremendous addition to our organization."

O'Keefe will assume duties that had been held by former executive vice president of health care services and chief operating officer Martin Massiello and interim chief operating officer Daniel Post. Post concurrently served as senior vice president of ambulatory services for Loyola University Health System, and he will continue in this role.

"I commend Dan Post and for his exemplary work and dedication to the organization," said Dr. Whelton. "He has been an invaluable resource to the hospital during the transition."

Originally from Chicago, O'Keefe obtained a bachelor of science in nursing from Northern Illinois University in 1974. She then began her career as a critical care nurse at Loyola in 1974 and obtained a master of science in nursing from the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing in 1976.

"I am excited to return to the organization that shaped my academic and early professional years," said O'Keefe. "I believe in Loyola's mission and commitment to excellence in patient care and look forward to working with senior leadership to guide the organization."

O'Keefe was recruited to Johns Hopkins Hospital as director of nursing, surgical services in 1979 and subsequently to senior management roles at several other prominent health care institutions, including Montefiore Medical Center in New York, University of Maryland Medical System in Baltimore and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. O'Keefe also served as a senior manager for Ernst & Whinney, where she developed a consulting practice focused on organizational design and operations improvement.

O'Keefe has had significant experience in operations management, improvement in financial performance, achievement of quality, safety and patient satisfaction goals, support of the academic environment and appreciation of mission objectives.

"Ms. O'Keefe has an excellent track record of success, wonderful interpersonal skills and a proven capacity to lead and inspire others," said Dr. Whelton. "I look forward to working with her and am confident that she will be an outstanding member of the senior leadership team."


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.