He's one of nearly a dozen people that either joined Cook County Health or were promoted this year as a part of Dr. Raju's reorganization of senior management.
The public health system “was looking for a health care professional who had extensive experience in diverse systems, including urban and academic health centers,” a Cook County Health spokeswoman said in an email. “… Mr. Daniels' success in maintaining high levels of patient satisfaction will serve us well as we seek to improve the patient experience at CCHHS.”
Before joining Elmhurst Memorial, Mr. Daniels was president and CEO of Ocean Medical Center in Brick, N.J. He joined Elmhurst in 2010, becoming CEO the following year as the hospital debuted a $450 million replacement campus.
Saddled with debt from the construction project, Elmhurst was forced to find a merger partner.
After negotiations broke down with Chicago-based powerhouse Northwestern Memorial HealthCare, Elmhurst began talks with Edward Hospital and Health Services. Mr. Daniels resigned from Elmhurst Memorial in March before a binding deal was reached.
Elmhurst Memorial became part of Naperville, Ill.-based Edward on July 1, with Edward CEO Pam Davis overseeing the combined system.
At Cook County Health, Mr. Daniels will take home a smaller paycheck with an annual salary of $240,000. At Elmhurst Memorial, he made $697,283 for the year ending June 30, 2012, which included a base salary and bonuses, according to the system's most recent tax return.
"Former Elmhurst CEO Daniels lands at Cook County Health" was originally published by Crain's Chicago Business.