Mercy Hospital & Medical Center’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce it has named Carol L. Garikes Schneider as its new president and chief executive officer. Carol was selected following a comprehensive search process that included Senior Executives of Trinity Health and the Board of Directors of Mercy Hospital & Medical Center.
Mercy Hospital’s Chairman of the board said, “On behalf of Mercy’s Board of Directors, Mercy welcomes Carol and looks forward to continuing Mercy’s legacy as a leader in Chicago healthcare.”
Carol assumes her role with more than 30 years of healthcare leadership experience. Most recently, Carol served as the System Chief Operating Officer of Cook County Health & Hospitals System (CCHHS) where she implemented executive financial enhancements, designed and steered the Patient Experience culture transformation in preparation for healthcare reform, and led John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital to an unprecedented three year accreditation from the Joint Commission as a result of their foundation for a Culture of Safety.
Prior to her service at CCHHS, Carol directed the healthcare consulting practice for a national project management firm, and formed CSCHNEIDER Consulting where she served healthcare, non-profit, and manufacturing clients in strategic engagements. She served as President and CEO of Timberline Knolls, a residential treatment center for adolescent girls and women. Carol began her healthcare career at Advocate Christ Medical Center and Hope Children’s Hospital, leading the medical center as president for ten years from 1995 to 2005. Carol is also a Full Professor at Lewis University where she teaches coursework in Healthcare Leadership, Management, Quality, and Business Ethics to adult students.
“I am honored to join the Mercy ministry and I look forward to collaborating with the Board, Medical Staff, and Mercy associates to provide excellent care to the patients and families that we are so privileged to serve,” Carol shared.
Carol earned her bachelor’s of arts with highest honors from Lewis University, Romeoville, Illinois and her master’s of business administration from DePaul University, Chicago. She is active on local non-profit boards, as well as professional associations. Carol and her husband Nick reside in Orland Park with their two children.
Carol assumed her role at Mercy on May 20, 2013 and will work for a brief transitional period with Sister Sheila Lyne, whose official retirement date is May 31, 2013.
About Mercy Hospital & Medical Center
Mercy Hospital is a member of CHE Trinity, which is the new health ministry formed by the consolidation of Trinity Health and Catholic Health East. Mercy Hospital & Medical Center, Chicago’s first teaching hospital, has served Chicago for over 1600 years. With 320 staffed beds, Mercy is a Level II Trauma Center, complete with a comprehensive network including the Mercy Family Health Center, a look-alike Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), the Mercy Foundation, Inc., the philanthropic arm of the hospital, eleven auxiliary care facilities, MercyWorks occupational health program, and two school-based health centers in Wendell Phillips and Dunbar Vocational Career Academies. Mercy has a teaching affiliation with the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Chicago. Mercy’s commitment to quality is demonstrated through our numerous accreditations, distinctions and designations including: a superior Cardiovascular Institute with an Accredited Chest Pain Center, a certified Stroke Center; a Diabetes Treatment Center and leading Cancer Center, both accredited for excellence. Mercy is also the first hospital in Chicago to have an FDA-approved carotid artery stenting procedure as well as the first to perform Laparo-Endoscopic Single-Site surgeries. To learn more about Mercy Hospital, visit www.mercy-chicago.org