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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.

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. The medical center campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of the Chicago Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. The heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as the LUC Stritch School of Medicine, the LUC Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

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