Advocate Aurora Health moves to single CEO model, appoints Jim Skogsbergh

Advocate Aurora Health has moved to a single CEO model and named Jim Skogsbergh sole president and CEO of the 28-hospital system, effective immediately.

Previously, Mr. Skogsbergh served as co-CEO of the organization, along with Nick Turkal, MD. The co-CEO model was put into place in April 2018, when Downers Grove, Ill.-based Advocate Health Care and Milwaukee-based Aurora Health Care merged to form Advocate Aurora Health.

In a news release, board chair Joanne Disch said that the decision was made "to best position us to advance our strategy moving forward."

"We have been fortunate to come together as Advocate Aurora Health under the leadership and expertise of two tremendous individuals, and we express our sincerest gratitude to both Nick and Jim for their outstanding contributions. The board is confident Jim is uniquely positioned to guide our system into the future by transforming our core business and redefining how we help people live well," she said.

Dr. Turkal will leave the organization to pursue other interests, the health system said.

Mr. Skogsbergh was an executive at Advocate Health Care prior to the merger. He joined the system in 2001 as COO and became president and CEO in 2002.

Mr. Skogsbergh previously was a senior leader at West Des Moines-based Iowa Health System, now known as UnityPoint Health. He is a past board chair of the American Hospital Association.

Editor's note: A previous version of the article mistakenly stated there are 27 hospitals within Advocate Aurora Health. There are 28 hospitals. The article was updated on July 25, 2019, at 11:00 a.m.

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