NorthShore CEO Mark Neaman to step down after 26 years at helm

Evanston, Ill.-based NorthShore University Health System has announced longtime president and CEO Mark Neaman will transition from his current role to become executive chairman of the board of directors.

Mr. Neaman has served as president and CEO since 1992, and will be replaced by current COO Gerald Gallagher effective November 9. Mr. Neaman has led NorthShore through 26 years of sustained growth, with the system now including four hospitals, 2,000 physicians and 100 medical group offices.

"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 of the 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."

Mr. Gallagher has served as COO for the past five years. He joined NorthShore in 2002.

"Mark Neaman did a magnficent job growing North Shore University Health System from group of largely undistinguished hospitals 20-plus years ago into a highly respected elite national health care system," says Scott Becker, the publisher of Becker's Healthcare. "The quality of care at NorthShore is incredible and the level of improvement under Mark's leadership is truly transformational. The system will now be led by JP Gallagher, a very poised, smart and forward-thinking leader."  

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