PARK RIDGE, Ill. - Anthony A. Armada, president of Advocate Lutheran General Hospital and Advocate Lutheran General Children's Hospital, has been named one of Modern Healthcare's "2010 Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare." This is Armada's second consecutive inclusion on the magazine's biennial list recognizing minority health care executives who are making a positive difference in the industry.
Lutheran General, one of the largest hospitals in Chicago, has been recognized as a 100 Top Hospitals® and a top 15 major teaching hospital for 12 consecutive years. Since joining Advocate in 2009, Armada's focus has included establishing a Service Excellence Council to improve clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction and launching a strategic planning process.
"Tony has a keen ability to lead and effect positive change throughout the health care system," said Bill Santulli, executive vice president and COO of Advocate Health Care. "He provides valuable insight and experience through mentoring other minority executives in our field, as well as by promoting diversity and excellence in his many leadership roles across varied organizations."
Armada came to Lutheran General Hospital after five successful years as president and chief executive officer of Henry Ford Hospital and Health Network in Detroit. At Henry Ford, he led three of the system's hospitals, 27 ambulatory medical centers and its partnership with a 1,000-physician medical group. Armada engineered a $90 million turnaround at Henry Ford, posting a $60 million profit in 2008 and exceeding operating margins and cost targets for 14 consecutive quarters.
Armada currently is the chairman of the Institute for Diversity in Healthcare Management Board of Directors. The nonprofit Institute works with health services organizations and educators to expand leadership opportunities for ethnic minorities in health services management. Its mission is to increase the number of people of color in health services administration to better reflect the increasingly diverse communities they serve, and to improve opportunities for professionals already in the health care field.
In 2007, Armada was appointed the inaugural chairman of the newly formed Asian Healthcare Leaders Association, a national organization which promotes life long learning, coaching and mentoring, career development and networking opportunities in collaboration with the Institute for Diversity, American Hospital Association and the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).
Armada sits on the Xavier University President Council and Graduate Program in Health Services Administration Advisory Board and Michigan State University Dean's Board of Advisors in the College of Natural Science. He also serves as a mentor for ACHE and other resident/fellowship programs.
Advocate Lutheran General Hospital is a not-for-profit, 645-bed tertiary, quaternary care, academic and research hospital, a Level I trauma center, and one of the largest hospitals in the Chicago area. Celebrating its 50th year at its Park Ridge location, it also is home to Advocate Lutheran General Children's Hospital, the only children's hospital in the greater north and northwest suburban area of Chicago and a major regional referral center for a broad range of neonatal and pediatric services.
Lutheran General has been rated 12 times as one of the 100 Top Hospitals and 15 top major teaching hospitals in the country by Thomson Reuters. For the 10th year, Lutheran General was named by US News & World Report as being one of America's Best Hospitals, receiving 'top 50 in the nation' rankings for medical excellence and advanced capabilities in many specialties. In addition, Lutheran General was selected for the fourth time as one of the nation's top cardiovascular hospitals, according to the Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals: Cardiovascular Benchmarks for Success study.
The hospital was the first in the north and northwest suburbs to be presented with the American Nurses Credentialing Center's prestigious Magnet® designation, the highest honor and level of nursing excellence in the nation. Lutheran General is one of only 2 percent of the hospitals in the nation to have been re-designated by the Magnet Recognition Program. In other recognitions, Lutheran General recently achieved the best overall surgical morbidity ranking in the country according to the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program of the American College of Surgeons.
Lutheran General also has been named Blue Distinction Centers for cardiac care, spine surgery, knee and hip replacement by Blue Cross Blue Shield; is certified as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission in recognition of its exceptional outcomes for these patients; and received a "Get With The Guidelines" gold award from the American Heart Association for its commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of cardiac care for patients hospitalized with coronary artery disease.
Advocate Health Care, one of the nation's top 10 health systems based on clinical performance, is one of the largest health care provider in the Midwest. Advocate operates more than 250 sites of care, including 11 acute care hospitals, two children's hospitals, five Level I trauma centers (the state's highest designation in trauma care), a home health care company and one of the region's largest medical groups. As a not-for-profit, mission-based health system affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the United Church of Christ, Advocate contributed more than $373 million in charitable care and services to communities across Chicagoland in 2008.