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Advocate Christ Medical Center Names Michael Wilkins as Chief Operating Officer

Oak Lawn, Ill. – The chief operating officer (COO) for ProMedica Heart & Vascular Institutes in Toledo, Ohio has been appointed COO for Advocate Christ Medical Center.

Michael D. Wilkins, who has served in health-related leadership positions since the mid-1990s, replaces Dominica Tallarico, who was named president of Advocate Condell Hospital in 2012. 

Wilkins takes charge of operations for an organization in the midst of significant growth.  As of early March, work on a nine-story Outpatient Pavilion was more than 50 percent complete as part of the medical center’s $650 million expansion program; extensive planning for the building’s opening in the first quarter of 2014 is already underway.  At the same time, preparations have been advancing for the start of construction of a seven-story hospital bed tower beginning this summer.

This growth is occurring against a backdrop of unparalleled upheaval in health care across the United States.  Providers now are much more focused on quality and safety, as government programs like Medicare and Medicaid increasingly base reimbursements on outcomes rather than patient volumes.  At the same time, all of Advocate Health Care, including Christ Medical Center, is moving towards a dramatically new hospital accreditation process – one that emphasizes consistency, customer service and continual quality improvement through the integration of the ISO 9001 quality management system.

“To have someone of Mike’s experience and record of achievement take over the reins of our daily operations during this time of growth is incredibly important for this organization.  Our campus’ expansion will not be without its challenges, but having a leader such as Mike Wilkins in place will enable us to advance our healing mission of serving all patients who come to us for their care,” said Ken Lukhard, president of Christ Medical Center.

During his tenure as COO for ProMedica Heart and Vascular Institutes, Wilkins was responsible for the strategic direction and all surgical, diagnostic and nursing units of the heart and vascular service line at nine hospitals. 

Prior to November 2011, he served as vice president, professional services, for The Toledo Hospital/Toledo Children’s Hospital and executive director of the ProMedica Heart & Vascular Institutes.  From 2005 to 2010, he was vice president of professional and support services for The Toledo Hospital/Toledo Children’s Hospital.

Among his other health-related leadership roles have been vice president for support services at Flower Hospital (2003-2005) and executive director of the Medical College of Ohio Foundation in Toledo. 

Wilkins earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration from The University of Toledo.  He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

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About Advocate Christ Medical Center
Advocate Christ Medical Center is part of Advocate Health Care, which is one of the nation’s leading health care networks. A not-for-profit, 694-bed, premier teaching institution with more than 1,000 affiliated physicians, Christ Medical Center is a leader in health care and one of the major referral hospitals in the Midwest in a number of specialties, including cardiovascular services, heart and kidney transplantation, neurosciences, oncology, orthopedics and women’s health. The hospital also has one of the busiest Level I trauma centers in Illinois providing emergency care for more than 90,000 patient visits annually and is a leader in breakthrough technologies, including eICU® (electronic intensive care unit) monitoring, robotic da Vinci Surgery System® and CyberKnife® Radiosurgery.  In both 2012 and 2013, the medical center was named to the Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals®, while U.S. News & World Report ranked the medical center among the nation’s leading providers for cardiology and heart surgery and for geriatric medicine and ranked it fourth overall among hospitals in the state of Illinois. The hospital is also recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a Magnet Center. Magnet status represents the highest honor in the nursing profession. To obtain more information or to visit our newsroom, log on to:


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