Arlington Heights-based Alexian Brothers Health System has named Leonard Wilk, 55, as the new president and CEO of St. Alexius Medical Center, the system's 339-bed hospital in Hoffman Estates. He started Feb. 4.
Wilk succeeds Ed Goldberg, 61, who resigned last November after more than 18 years in the position. He had been diagnosed in May 2011 with the rare cancer called Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia, also known as WM lymphoma.
Wilk comes to Alexian Brothers Health System after more than 20 years with Aurora Health Care of Milwaukee, where he had served as president and chief administrative officer of Aurora Medical Center in Grafton, Wis., since 2010.
Wilk earlier led two other Aurora Health Care hospitals in Sheboygan, Wis., and Milwaukee.
In addition to fostering St. Alexius' continued growth, Wilk aims to further develop patient services and to support the development of the new Alexian Brothers Women & Children's Hospital, scheduled to open in April on the St. Alexius campus. Women's services, including neonatal intensive care units, were among the major clinical programs that Wilk oversaw at Aurora Health Care's hospitals in Grafton and Milwaukee, the hospital said in a statement.
"Len's vision and experience, as well as his tested and thoughtful leadership, will be absolutely critical in helping St. Alexius continue to grow," Tracy Rogers, Alexian Brothers Health System senior vice president and chief operating officer, said in a statement. "He has remarkable insights and a proven record of leading highly dynamic hospitals."
Wilk also previously served for more than four years as vice president of Physician Support & Business Development for Aurora Health Care.
He earned a bachelor's degree in business management at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a master's degree in health administration at Governors State University. Early in his career, he served as director of medical staff development at St. Joseph's Hospital & Health Care Center in Chicago, and as corporate manager of physician support services at Franciscan Sisters HealthCare System in Little Falls, Minn.