Sharon O'Keefe, has been named president of the University of Chicago Medical Center, effective Feb. 23. O'Keefe comes to the medical center from Loyola University Medical Center, in Maywood, where she has been president since April 2009. Before that she was chief operating officer at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. O'Keefe began her health care career as a critical-care nurse. She advanced into administration with a focus on hospital operations and performance, health care quality and safety and patient and employee satisfaction. She is on the National Institutes of Health Advisory Board for Clinical Research. O'Keefe, 58, received her B.S. in nursing from Northern Illinois University and an M.S. in nursing from Loyola's nursing school.
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