News Release – December 6, 2012


Sister Sheila Lyne, RSM, President and CEO of            
Mercy Hospital & Medical Center Announces Retirement
Will Serve as CEO Until Successor is Named, Board Initiates Search


Chicago, Illinois, Dec.6 – Mercy Hospital - Sister Sheila Lyne, RSM, informed the Board of Directors of Mercy Hospital & Medical Center and Trinity Health of her plan to retire as President and CEO. Sister Sheila, 76, will continue as CEO until a successor is named and the transition is complete.


Sister Sheila joined the community of Sisters of Mercy in 1953.  After earning her Psychiatric nursing degree, she began her tenure at Mercy Hospital & Medical Center in 1970.  In 1976, Sister Sheila assumed the role of President and CEO at Mercy until 1991 when she was appointed by Mayor Richard M. Daley as Commissioner of Public Health for the City of Chicago. Under her leadership as commissioner, the city saw the infant mortality rate decrease by 6% and immunization rates rise to 73% from 27%. In late 2000, she returned to Mercy to resume her former role of President and CEO and face a challenging turnaround effort.  Over the past 12 years, Mercy has increased its volume each year, and now boasts a nationally recognized Heart & Vascular Center, one of the city’s few Certified Stroke Centers, eleven medical satellite centers, and a completely state-of-the-art digital Breast Care Center, all under Sister Sheila’s distinguished and direct leadership.


“It’s time,” Sister Sheila said. “It has been a privilege for me to carry on the ministry of the Sisters of Mercy that was humbly, yet so profoundly begun by Catherine McAuley in Dublin in 1831. I have been a part of the ministry of Mercy Hospital for a culmination of 33 years, as CEO for 27 of those years, and now at 76, with Mercy strong in presence in Chicago and united with Trinity Health, it is time for me to step aside as President and CEO of this vital piece of Chicago’s health. I will always refer to Mercy as home and I will keep active within it and the community it has served for over 160 years”.


Once a new CEO is in place, Sister Sheila will become Senior Advisor to the Mercy Foundation, Inc., supporting friend raising and fund raising efforts, promoting community health and advocating for public health awareness with city and state legislators.“Sister Sheila is a determined and visionary leader, and her influence at Trinity Health has been broad and valuable – just as it has been for decades at Mercy and throughout Chicagoland,’’ said Joseph R. Swedish, president and CEO of Trinity Health.  “She has won the admiration of countless supporters through her heartfelt and tireless drive to serve and her unwavering concern for people who are sick, poor or vulnerable, and we will be forever grateful for all she has done.”


“On behalf of Mercy Hospital’s Board of Directors, I want to recognize Sister Sheila for her strategic leadership and immeasurable passion that she has consistently exhibited in her role as President and CEO. We as a Board are most grateful to Sister Sheila for her diligent focus during challenging times and deliberate intent on affiliating Mercy with such a strong system as Trinity Health.  Sister Sheila has been an icon in Chicago healthcare for over 50 years, and I know she will continue her commitment to the health and welfare of Chicago, in particular those who are underprivileged and in most need as she maintains her presence in Chicago as a Sister of Mercy and a leader in health care”, says John McCarthy, Chair Board of Directors. “The Board is fully committed to conducting a thorough search to identify the right candidate to serve as Mercy Hospital & Medical Center’s President and CEO.”
The Board has formed a search committee to identify a new CEO and has retained Quick Leonard Kieffer, a nationally recognized executive recruiting firm, to advise the Board on potential candidates.


Mercy Hospital & Medical Center, Chicago’s first teaching hospital, has served Chicago for 160 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 is home to a superior Cardiovascular Institute with an Accredited Chest Pain Center and where the first FDA-approved carotid artery stenting procedure in Chicago took place. Mercy is also the first hospital in Chicago where Laparo-Endoscopic Single-Site Surgeries are performed. Mercy is also home to a certified Stroke Center, a Diabetes Treatment Center Accredited for Excellence and a leading Cancer Center also Accredited for Excellence . To learn more about Mercy, visit or become a fan of the Mercy Hospital Facebook page at www. 




Connie Murphy
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