MAYWOOD, IL – Mary Elizabeth "M.E." Cleary, president of Loyola Medicine's MacNeal Hospital and Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, has been named to Crain's Chicago Business' 2019 list of Notable Women in Health Care.
Crain's recognizes Cleary's initiative in MacNeal Hospital's transition from a for-profit, non-faith-based hospital to a nonprofit aligned with Catholic values as a member of Loyola Medicine and Trinity Health. In addition, Crain's notes her leadership of Gottlieb Memorial Hospital and multiple ambulatory sites.
Cleary previously served as chief financial officer for MacNeal Hospital and Tenet Health's Chicago market region. She has more than 30 years' experience in hospital finance and management. Her career began as chief financial officer for various investor-owned hospital organizations, moving on to serve as regional vice president of finance operations for Essent Healthcare in Nashville, Tennessee.
Cleary earned her bachelor's degree in accounting from Delta State University in Mississippi. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Hospital Finance Management Association and the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Crain's list highlights 50 professionals in a wide range of roles, including leaders and administrators from leading hospitals, practice groups and clinics, and prominent researchers. Crain's states that the common denominator between all of the women on the list is that they "went into health care to help people and have staked out paths to make an impact."
The honorees on the list had to be nominated for the chance to be featured, and could not pay to appear. Crain's lists the criteria needed in order to appear on the list as having "shown the ability or power to effect change in the health care industry" and demonstrating "a willingness to share expertise and have assumed leadership positions outside their organizations.
See the full list of Crain's Chicago Business' Notable Women in Health Care.