Following a nationwide executive search Advocate Trinity Hospital, part of Advocate Aurora Health, recently announced the selection of Rashard Johnson as president of both Advocate South Suburban Hospital, in Hazel Crest, IL, and Advocate Trinity Hospital, in Chicago.
Johnson’s appointment–effective September 24–fills a key leadership role in Advocate Aurora’s South Chicagoland region, which includes Advocate Christ Medical Center, in Oak Lawn, IL, Advocate South Suburban Hospital and Advocate Trinity Hospital. He replaces Terika Richardson, who now serves as president of the 623-bed Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, in Park Ridge, IL.
“Rashard is an accomplished leader with extensive operations, care delivery and community relations experience,” says Rich Heim, executive vice president of the South Chicagoland region. “We are excited to welcome him and look forward to benefitting from his exceptional strategic planning abilities and proven track record for innovation, which will undoubtedly help advance and expand our health care capabilities for the future.”
Johnson comes to Advocate South Suburban and Advocate Trinity Hospitals from the greater Houston, Texas area where he served three years as vice president of operations and chief operating officer for CHI St. Luke’s Health-The Woodlands, Lakeside, and Springwoods Village Hospitals. In this role, Johnson led support services at the three hospitals, including Diagnostic Imaging, Laboratory Services, Pharmacy, Plant Operations, Clinical Engineering, Environmental Services, Food Services, and Inpatient and Outpatient Therapies. He also provided oversight of the Wound Care Center, Sleep Centers, and Performance Medicine outpatient clinics, as well as CHI St. Luke’s Health’s four free-standing emergency departments.
Prior to CHI St. Luke’s, Johnson served five years as the assistant vice president of support services for UT Southwestern University Hospitals and Clinics in Dallas. His work focused on providing leadership for the support services division of Clements University Hospital and University Hospital Zale Lipshy, comprised of 640 beds and 16 clinics.
Johnson earned a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of Central Florida. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE). He currently serves on the Board of Directors for The Greater Houston March of Dimes, The Woodlands Family YMCA, and the Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce.