Rush University System for Health appoints Dr. Omar Lateef as new CEO

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Lateef earned a bachelor’s degree in religious studies from the University of Florida-Gainesville and an medical degree from the University of Des Moines. He completed his internship and residency at New York University Downtown Hospital.

“The Board and I are very confident in Dr. Lateef’s ability to take Rush to new heights, not only in hospital care, but also in the way health care will be delivered at the future,” said Susan Crown, president of the Rush and Medical Center. boards of directors, said in a statement. “We are deeply grateful to Dr. Krishnan for his strong foundational contributions over the past three years as CEO of Rush. Rush was lucky to have them both in place in recent turbulent times.

Krishnan, who took over as CEO in 2019 following the retirement of Dr. Larry Goodman, joined the organization in 2015 as Dean of Rush University School of Medicine and Senior Vice President of West Side Hospital.

Rush is the region’s fifth-largest health system by revenue, behind Advocate Aurora Health, Northwestern Medicine, AMITA Health and Cook County Health & Hospitals System, according to data from Crain. Rush announced net revenue for patients in 2020 of more than $2.4 billion, an increase of 10.5% over the previous year.

Rush has more than 900 patient beds and more than 12,000 full-time employees, according to data from Crain. Rush’s operations include Rush University Medical Center, Rush University, Rush Oak Park Hospital, Rush Copley Medical Center, and Rush Health.

Lateef is recognized for helping Rush University Medical Center gain recognition for its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The medical center has also received other accolades under Lateef’s leadership, including a five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the system said.

Rush University Medical Center received an A grade in the latest Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades report, along with other local hospitals including the University of Chicago Medical Center, Hyde Park, Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital at Winfield.

Rush also sees leadership changes in other areas of the system. Earlier this month, Rush University President Dr. Sherine Gabriel announced she was stepping down at the end of June after serving as the school’s fourth president since 2019. The university has more than 2,500 students .

Rush is just the latest local health system to announce major leadership changes. Adocate Aurora Health announced last week that President and CEO Jim Skogsbergh is expected to retire within the next two years if its planned merger with Atrium Health receives regulatory approval.

Sinai Chicago, the city’s largest private safety-net hospital system, has named Dr. Ngozi Ezike its next president and CEO, effective June 13.

Loretto Hospital CEO George Miller Jr. left the West Side Community Medical Center last month. Tesa Anewishki, director of development and executive director of the Loretto Hospital Foundation, serves as interim president and CEO.

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