Monday, April 23, 2012

Loyola University Medical Center's New COO Specializes in Operations Management

MAYWOOD, Ill. – Wendy S. Leutgens, RN, MSN, a health-care executive with more than 20 years of experience in hospital operations, nursing management and physician practice management, has been named chief operating officer of Loyola University Medical Center. Her start date is June 4.

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

"I am delighted that Wendy will be joining our senior leadership team," said Larry Goldberg, president and CEO, Loyola University Health System. "Her success in leading business process changes will be a great asset to us as we pursue initiatives to improve clinical effectiveness and support our financial health."

Leutgens holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from East Carolina University, Greenville, N.C., graduating in 1987, and earned a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, in 1991.

She began her career as a staff nurse, caring for pediatric patients at Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, and assumed roles of greater leadership and responsibility over the next 20 years. Before her career at Vanderbilt, which began in 2002 with the role of assistant hospital director, clinical services access, she 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.

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.