NorthShore University HealthSystem announced today that long-time President and Chief Executive Officer, Mark Neaman, will transition from the role later this year and be named as the Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors. Neaman is one of the longest serving health system executives, appointed President and Chief Executive Officer in 1992. Gerald (J.P.) Gallagher, current Chief Operating Officer, will assume the position of President and CEO. These changes will become effective with the Corporation’s Annual Meeting on November 9, 2017.

“Over the course of his tenure, Mark has developed this organization from Evanston Hospital to become one of the nation’s premier integrated health systems,” said Percy Berger, Sr., Chairman, NorthShore University HealthSystem Board of Directors. “His expertise, vision and leadership have been invaluable. We are fortunate that he has graciously agreed to stay on to lead the transition of the Board and management staff through 2018.” 

During his time as President and CEO, Neaman has led NorthShore through 26 consecutive years of growth and profitability. Today, NorthShore stands as one of the nation’s premier integrated healthcare delivery systems with four hospitals, 100 Medical Group offices, 2,000 physicians and $2.1 billion in annual revenue. His tenure included the establishment of the NorthShore Research Institute and nationally ranked clinical expertise in oncology, cardiovascular, neurosciences, orthopedics, among others. 

Under Neaman’s leadership, NorthShore has implemented a series of successful affiliations, including in academics with the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, in specialty care with the Mayo Clinic-Mayo Clinic Care Network, and in Health Information Technology with Epic. 

“It has been a privilege to work alongside this remarkable team of clinicians, researchers and leaders over the course of my career. It is the perfect point of inflection for our next generation to take the helm and set the vision for the future of NorthShore,” noted Neaman. “The timing is excellent, as NorthShore remains a strong, vibrant, well-financed organization, ready to meet the challenges of the future. Also, there is no one more capable or better positioned to lead us forward than J.P. Gallagher.” 

Gallagher has been Chief Operating Officer of NorthShore for the past five years, and held several leadership positions since joining the system in 2002. He rose quickly through the organization serving as an executive at Glenbrook Hospital, and ultimately, President of Evanston Hospital before becoming COO of the system. 

“NorthShore’s Board is delighted to have J.P. Gallagher as our next President and CEO. J.P. has demonstrated his expertise and leadership throughout his career at NorthShore and has been integral to our successes over the years,” Berger said. “As COO, J.P. demonstrated his strong leadership capabilities to help achieve operating efficiencies while improving quality, safety and exceptional outcomes for the patients and families we are privileged to serve,” Berger concluded. 

“It is an honor to be named as the Chief Executive Officer of NorthShore. I look forward to working closely with our Board and management team to carry forth the vision and innovation of NorthShore,” said Gallagher. 

Gallagher is a graduate of Princeton University and received his MBA from the Wharton School of Management at the University of Pennsylvania. Neaman earned his Master of Science, Business & Healthcare from the Ohio State University and has been active in and recognized by numerous national healthcare organizations.