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Advocate Health Care Chief Medical Officer receives National Physician Executive Award

September 28, 2010

Advocate Health Care is pleased to announce that Lee B. Sacks, M.D., executive vice president (EVP), chief medical officer (CMO), and president, Advocate Physician Partners (APP) received the prestigious 2010 American Academy of Family Physicians Robert Graham Physician Executive award. Each year AAFP honors 'only one' outstanding family physician whose executive skills in health care organization has contributed to excellence in the provision of high quality and cost effective health care.

"Physicians considered for the award have demonstrated their commitment to building services that meet not only patients' needs but the needs of their community," said Douglas Henley, MD, executive vice president, AAFP. 
Since joining Advocate in 1995, Dr. Sacks has been a vigilant champion for improving health outcomes and enhancing patient safety. "Dr. Sacks recognizes that patient safety is the responsibility of everyone who works within our organization," said Jim Skogsbergh, Advocate president and chief executive officer. "Under his guidance, Advocate has developed a consistent focus across the organization that promotes transparency, accountability and top decile clinical outcomes. As a result, Advocate Health Care was named a Top 10 Health System based on clinical performance by Thomas Reuters in 2009."

Dr. Sacks began his career in family medicine, in 1980, as a practicing family physician and clinical instructor. He has remained actively involved in health care issues at the national, state and local levels. He also has served as part of AAFP's Commission on Health Care Services. He is an active member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and currently serves on the board of governors of the Institute of Medicine of Chicago and board of directors of Chicago's chapter of the American Heart Association.

About Advocate Health Care
Advocate Health Care, one of the nation's top 10 health systems, is the largest fully integrated health system in Illinois and one of the largest health care providers in the Midwest. Advocate operates more than 250 sites of care, including 10 acute care hospitals, two integrated children's hospitals, five Level I Trauma Centers (the state's highest designation in trauma care), two Level II Trauma Centers, one of the area's largest home health care companies and one of the region's largest medical groups. Annually, Advocate Health Care trains more medical residents, students and fellows at its four teaching hospitals than any other health system in the state. 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 $462 million in charitable care and services to communities across Chicagoland in 2009.



Stephanie Johnson 
Public Affairs
Advocate Health Care

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