Soon-to-be first lady Michelle Obama wont be the only hospital executive leaving University of Chicago Medical Center for the White House. President-elect Barack Obama has appointed Susan Sher, the hospitals vice president of legal and governmental affairs and general counsel, to be associate counsel to the president.
Sher has held the position at 553-bed University of Chicago Medical Center since 1997, when she left a powerful post as the top lawyer for the city of Chicago. We will miss her personally, as well as her extraordinary talents and considerable experience in healthcare policy as well as government, regulatory and community affairs, said James Madara, chief executive officer of the University of Chicago Medical Center, in a statement.
During her time Chicago Mayor Richard Daley's administration, Sher became close with another confidant of the Obamas, Valerie Jarrett, who has been chairwoman of the University of Chicago Medical Center Board since 2006 and in the weeks following the November election was named a senior White House adviser.
Michelle Obama was the hospitals executive director of community affairs from 2002 to 2005, when she was named vice president for community and external affairs. -- by Gregg Blesch