Sharon O'Keefe has been named president of 541-bed University of Chicago Medical Center, effective Feb. 23. O'Keefe, 58, currently serves as the president of 535-bed Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, Ill., a role she assumed in 2009.
O'Keefe takes job at University of Chicago
“I am excited to welcome Sharon O'Keefe to our senior leadership team,” said Dr. Kenneth Polonsky, dean of the division of the biological sciences and the Pritzker School of Medicine and executive vice president for medical affairs at the University of Chicago, in a written release. “She brings broad experience as a clinical and organizational leader, a passion to provide superior patient care and a proven ability to work effectively with physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals. She will be a tremendous addition.”
O'Keefe has been recognized for her commitment to healthcare quality and performance improvement. In 2005, she served as an appointed examiner for the U.S. Commerce Department's Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Awards, and she also sits on the National Institutes of Health Advisory Board for Clinical Research, according to the release.
Her other past leadership positions include chief operating officer of Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, and executive vice president and COO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston.
O'Keefe succeeds Kenneth Sharigian, who has served as interim president since 2009.
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