University of Chicago Medicine makes key senior promotions

University of Chicago Medicine makes key senior promotions

March 12, 2014

The University of Chicago Medicine has made two senior leadership appointments designed to strengthen the institution's organizational structure and continue its ongoing focus on operational excellence, sustainable growth, and enhancements to patient care.

Jason Keeler has been promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. In his new role, Keeler will oversee the operations of the medical center, including inpatient and ambulatory care delivery, operational excellence, supply chain and pharmacy services.

Keeler joined the UChicago Medicine in 2011 and has demonstrated an ability to formulate operating strategies, guide development of operating plans, and drive performance to achieve or beat annual goals.

He has built strong relationships among the management team, clinical faculty and staff, and his knowledge of the organization will smooth the transition to his new senior role. Previously, Keeler was Vice President of Clinical and Procedural Services. As COO, Keeler replaces Mona Sonnenshein, who left the UChicago Medicine in March 2013.

Meanwhile, University of Chicago Medicine promoted Debra Albert, RN, MSN, MBA, NEA-BC, to Senior Vice President, Patient Care Services.

In partnership with medical leadership, Albert will be responsible for developing a clinical practice environment marked by collaboration, innovation and accountability.

She will continue to provide overall direction for the professional practice of nursing at UChicago Medicine as Chief Nursing Officer, and ensure policies, procedures and processes are designed to deliver the highest quality patient experience. She will report to Keeler.

Since joining the institution July 2012 as CNO and VP of Patient Care Services, she has developed solid and trusted relationships with the medical team, administrative colleagues and other staff through her broad knowledge of clinical services, a keen understanding of current trends and their implications for future growth, and the delivery of health care services.