Wayne M. Lerner (Chair)

Wayne M. Lerner, MHA, DrPHProfessional Summary

Chair, Griffith Leadership Center Advisory Board
Board Member, Sinai Health System
President and Chief Executive Officer (retired)
Holy Cross Hospital

Wayne M. Lerner, DrPH, FACHE, is a veteran executive with over 30 years experience in healthcare administration, public policy, and education, and one of the leaders of the evolution of healthcare in the City of Chicago and the country as a whole. Currently, Dr. Lerner is an active board member for Sinai Health System.  Previously, Dr. Lerner was a Director of the Cook County Health and Hospitals System and active member of the System Governing Board, Quality and Patient Safety Committee and Chair, Managed Care/County Care Committee.

In October, 2006, Dr. Lerner was asked to serve as President and Chief Executive Officer for not-for-profit, Holy Cross Hospital, an inner city, 331 bed faith-based disproportionate share hospital serving over 450,000 residents as their sole community provider on the Southwest side of Chicago. In April, 2007 he assumed the role full time to focus on stabilizing the hospital's precarious financial situation while addressing the health disparities extent in its primary service area.

Between 1997 and 2006, Dr. Lerner served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, a private, not-for-profit organization that offers inpatient, day rehabilitation and outpatient care to people with temporary or permanent physical disabilities. Under Dr. Lerner's leadership, the Institute grew to a network of more than 20 wholly-owned and partnership sites throughout the Chicagoland metropolitan area and Southern Illinois, and was also home to one of the largest rehabilitation research and education programs in the country. Since 1991, the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago has been ranked the "Best Rehabilitation Hospital in America" by U.S. News & World Report.

Before joining the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Dr. Lerner was Vice President for the Lash Group, providing consultative services in the firm's Provider and Purchaser Division, specializing in the development, implementation and evaluation of integrated delivery systems, corporate and clinical strategic planning and health policy analysis. From 1990 to 1996, he was President of The Jewish Hospital of St. Louis and Senior Executive Officer within the BJC Health System. He was one of the initiators and key executives in the formation and implementation of BJC as well as the merger of The Jewish Hospital of St. Louis with Barnes Hospital.

Prior to The Jewish Hospital of St. Louis, Dr. Lerner spent 17 years with Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago, where he rose to the position of Vice President for Administrative Affairs and Associate Professor and Chairman of the Department of Health Systems Management.

Dr. Lerner holds a Doctor of Public Health degree in Health Policy and a Master's degree in Hospital Administration from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana.