Hospital system names three top execs

  • By Alex Parker
  • Staff Writer
  • July 15, 2009 @ 9:00 AM

A former Sara Lee Corp. executive has been named as the Cook County Health and Hospitals System's new human resources director. 

System CEO William Foley announced  that Deborah A. Tate, who most recently served as director of corporate human resources for the Sara Lee, will join the system.

Foley also announced the hiring of a public relations director and a director of performance improvement last week. Still to be named are a purchasing director, general counsel and a chief operating officer.

Jeanene M. Johnson joins CCHHS as director of performance improvement. Johnson was a founding managing director of Oland Group, a firm that helps health care systems improve their finances. 

She has worked for PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Huron Consulting, and holds a master’s degree in communication from  Ohio State University.

Foley created the position as a way to coordinate the many consultants working on health system projects.

Foley named Lucio Guerrero as the county health system’s director of public relations and community affairs. He takes over from Marcel Bright, who returns to his duties as PR director for Stroger Hospital.

Guerrero was formerly spokesman for Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Prior to that, he served as spokesman for County Assessor James Houliahan and was a reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times.

The health board meets Thursday for its annual board meeting and is expected to vote on the election of the board chairman, vice chairman and committee heads.

Currently, Warren Batts is chairman and Jorge Ramirez, secretary treasurer of the Chicago Labor Federation, is vice chairman of the board.

The elections are part of the mandate imparted by the Cook County Board of Commissioners when the health board was formed a year ago. It requires annual leadership elections. Guerrero says the board members are likely to stay the same, though COO David Small announced he would leave his position by the end of November.

Daily News Staff Writer Alex Parker covers public health. He can be reached at 773.362.5002, ext. 17, or alex [at] chitowndailynews [dot] org.