Veteran hospital executive Stephen Scogna, 54, has been appointed as the new CEO of Arlington Heights-based Northwest Community Healthcare.
He replaces Bruce Crowther, who previously announced his plan to retire at the end of 2013 after 23 years of service. Crowther will assist with the transition and handle special projects.
Scogna, a Naperville resident, has more than 30 years of experience in health care and corporate finance. He has served NCH for 2 years starting as chief financial officer before becoming chief operating officer late last year as he began his transition to CEO.
"I am excited to be selected by the board to lead NCH into a new era as we move forward in building our clinically integrated health care network," Scogna said in a statement. "Over the next few months, I will be meeting with employees, doctors and members of the community to share NCH's vision for the future."
Scogna received his bachelor's degree from Villanova University and is a certified public accountant.
Before he came to NCH, he was CEO at Provena Saint Joseph Hospital in Elgin. He also has served in financial leadership roles with what is now the Aria Health System in Philadelphia and Catholic Health Initiatives in Denver.
"The board's earlier-than-expected appointment reflects our confidence in Steve's proven leadership at Northwest Community Hospital," NCH Board Chairman Max Brittain said in a statement. "Steve will be able to build on the strategic and operational improvements he helped to initiate that have already yielded results in terms of increased cost savings, as well as patient satisfaction and overall quality measures."