WASHINGTON – University of Chicago Medical Center President Sharon O’Keefe has joined the board of directors for America’s Essential Hospitals, and Care New England Health System CEO Dennis Keefe has joined the board of the association’s research arm, Essential Hospitals Institute.
The association board made the appointments at its recent fall meeting, in Washington, DC. The association represents more than 250 hospitals that care for vulnerable patients and provide vital, communitywide services, such as trauma care and disaster response.
O’Keefe is a nationally recognized authority on hospital operations, health care quality, patient satisfaction, and employee engagement. Before becoming president of University of Chicago Medical Center, she was president of Loyola University Medical Center, in Maywood, Illinois. O’Keefe will serve as an at-large director on the association board.
“Sharon brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the board, and we look forward to her contributions as we help our members navigate a challenging health care environment,” America’s Essential Hospitals President and CEO Bruce Siegel, MD, MPH, said.
Keefe will join the Institute board as a member director. As CEO of Care New England Health System, Keefe has focused his efforts on initiatives to transform the future of health care while positioning Care New England to remain successful in the shifting health care landscape. Previously, Keefe served in a variety of positions at association member Cambridge Health Alliance, including CEO. He also served as the commissioner of public health for the City of Cambridge, Massachusetts, during the same period.
“His long experience with essential hospitals, his public service, and strong academic background make Dennis an ideal addition to our Institute board and a valuable voice in our research work,” Siegel said.
In other important board action, Michael Karpf, MD, executive vice president for health affairs at UK HealthCare, will replace outgoing board secretary David Lopez. Karpf’s appointment as secretary and the appointments of O’Keefe and Keefe won unanimous approval from the board.
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About America’s Essential Hospitals
America’s Essential Hospitals is the leading association and champion for hospitals and health systems dedicated to high-quality care for all, including the most vulnerable. Since 1981, America’s Essential Hospitals has initiated, advanced, and preserved programs and policies that help these hospitals ensure access to care. It supports members with advocacy, policy development, research, and education.
Our more than 250 members are vital to their communities, providing primary through trauma care, disaster response, health professionals training, research, public health programs, and other services. They innovate and adapt to lead the broader health care community toward more effective and efficient care. Visit EssentialHospitals.org to learn more.