Advocate Health Care announced the appointment of Rich Heim as President of Advocate Christ Medical Center effective October 1, 2017.
Heim has 30 years of experience in the provider environment and consulting roles. During the last 14 years, Heim has been a key member of the Advocate Health Care senor leadership team, including five years as President of South Suburban Hospital.
South Suburban Hospital has achieved great success during his tenure. The hospital noted top quartile/decile health outcomes, revenue growth and a 54 percent reduction in serious harm to patients. Additionally, physician satisfaction advanced from the 44th to the 85th percentile, underscoring a commitment to partnership and collaboration with clinicians.
Prior to his time at South Suburban, Heim held two other leadership positions at Advocate. He served as vice president of operations and ambulatory services at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital and as vice president of business development and administrative services at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital.
Heim earned a Master in Business Administration degree from Lewis University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loras College. He is involved in a broad assortment of professional and community organizations including servicing as Advocates’ 2017 American Heart Association Heart Walk Chair and president of the Glenbard Township High School District 87 Board. He also leads American Cancer Society’s South Suburban Real Men Wear Pink effort.
“Rich’s proven track record around quality, service line growth and physician partnership positions him perfectly for this role at one of Advocate’s tertiary/quaternary hubs”, said Bill Santulli, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Advocate Health Care.
The current President of Advocate Christ Medical Center is Kenneth Lukhard. As president of Advocate Christ Medical Center, Lukhard and his team have won numerous awards and received recognition for clinical outcomes, patient and associate satisfaction and nursing excellence. Over the course of his 30 years of hospital chief executive officer (CEO) experience, four of his hospitals have achieved “100 Top Hospital” designation during his tenure.
Lukhard originally studied to be a Presbyterian minister and subsequently earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in theology and his first graduate degree in counseling. After several years as a minister and psychological counselor, he entered healthcare and earned a graduate degree in health services administration from the University of San Francisco.