Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Loyola Medicine's M.E. Cleary Named to Crain's Notable Women in Health Care

MAYWOOD, IL – Mary Elizabeth "M.E." Cleary, president of Loyola Medicine's MacNeal Hospital and Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, has been named to Crain's Chicago Business' 2019 list of Notable Women in Health Care.

Crain's recognizes Cleary's initiative in MacNeal Hospital's transition from a for-profit, non-faith-based hospital to a nonprofit aligned with Catholic values as a member of Loyola Medicine and Trinity Health. In addition, Crain's notes her leadership of Gottlieb Memorial Hospital and multiple ambulatory sites.

Cleary previously served as chief financial officer for MacNeal Hospital and Tenet Health's Chicago market region. She has more than 30 years' experience in hospital finance and management. Her career began as chief financial officer for various investor-owned hospital organizations, moving on to serve as regional vice president of finance operations for Essent Healthcare in Nashville, Tennessee.

Cleary earned her bachelor's degree in accounting from Delta State University in Mississippi. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Hospital Finance Management Association and the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Crain's list highlights 50 professionals in a wide range of roles, including leaders and administrators from leading hospitals, practice groups and clinics, and prominent researchers. Crain's states that the common denominator between all of the women on the list is that they "went into health care to help people and have staked out paths to make an impact."

The honorees on the list had to be nominated for the chance to be featured, and could not pay to appear. Crain's lists the criteria needed in order to appear on the list as having "shown the ability or power to effect change in the health care industry" and demonstrating "a willingness to share expertise and have assumed leadership positions outside their organizations.

See the full list of Crain's Chicago Business' Notable Women in Health Care.

About Loyola Medicine and Trinity Health

Loyola Medicine, a member of Trinity Health, is a quaternary care system based in the western suburbs of Chicago that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services from 1,877 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital in Maywood that includes the William G. and Mary A. Ryan Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, Illinois's largest burn center, a certified comprehensive stroke center and a children’s hospital. Having delivered compassionate care for over 50 years, Loyola also trains the next generation of caregivers through its teaching affiliation with Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Gottlieb is a 247-licensed-bed community hospital in Melrose Park with 150 physician offices, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park. MacNeal Hospital is a 374-bed teaching hospital in Berwyn with advanced inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and psychiatric services, advanced diagnostics and treatments. MacNeal has a 12-bed acute rehabilitation unit, a 25-bed inpatient skilled nursing facility, and a 68-bed behavioral health program and community clinics. MacNeal has provided quality, patient-centered care to the near west suburbs since 1919.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic healthcare systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 92 hospitals, as well as 109 continuing care locations that include PACE programs, senior living facilities and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually. Based in Livonia, Mich., and with annual operating revenues of $18.3 billion and assets of $26.2 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity employs about 129,000 colleagues, including 7,800 employed physicians and clinicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity is known for its focus on the country's aging population. As a single, unified ministry, the organization is the innovator of Senior Emergency Departments, the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services—ranked by number of visits—in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of available programs.