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Claus von Zychlin


Claus von Zychlin

Of Counsel

Claus von Zychlin is an Of Counsel partner to Quick Leonard Kieffer, bringing to the firm a longstanding career in the leadership of highly respected health systems. He is a strong, visionary leader who has managed turnaround situations, grown programs, developed successful joint ventures, and led new facility development projects. In addition, Claus is genuinely passionate about patient-centered health care built upon clinical quality, physician and community relationships, staff development, sound fiscal management, and ethical and mission-centered strategies. Claus has a record of success in strategic planning, system and physician integration, operational improvement, education, associate engagement, and product development.

In 2016, Claus stepped down after more than a decade of serving as the chief executive officer of the $1.7 billion, four-hospital Mount Carmel Health System in Columbus, Ohio, an organization that included one of the largest Colleges of Nursing in the state of Ohio, as well as a strong medical education program and a highly successful Medicare Advantage insurance plan. In that role, Claus successfully transitioned a loosely affiliated group of hospitals into an operating division within Trinity Health, and led it to become one of Trinity's highest performing systems. Claus also focused on physician alignment, service excellence, patient safety and quality, and productivity through developing a service line culture that spurred a 20% system-wide increase in employee engagement, the acquisition of three key practices, national recognition for clinical excellence, and the development of new system-wide services. In addition, his efforts in system reorganization resulted in improved operating performance and the establishment of a Quality and Safety Institute, which garnered Mount Carmel a third-place ranking among Trinity's hospitals for quality and safety goals.

Previously, Claus served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of the $700 million, three-hospital TriHealth system in Cincinnati; as senior executive officer of the 550-bed Christ Hospital in Cincinnati; as president and chief executive officer of Little Company of Mary Hospital in the Chicago suburbs; as assistant administrator of Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Illinois; and as the director of housing for Lutheran Social Services of Illinois. He began his career as a buyer in the advanced technology group of the Fortune 500 Sundstrand Corporation in Rockford, Illinois.

Claus has been a board member for a number of organizations, including the Ohio Hospital Association, Columbus Partnership, United Way, American Heart Association, and YMCA. Currently, he is the Executive in Residence for Tamarind Hill, a venture fund focused on supporting IT-based startup companies in the healthcare space in the Midwest. In this capacity, he advises the fund on potential investments in startup companies and provides support to its portfolio companies. In addition, Claus sits on the boards of a number of startup companies.

Claus holds a bachelor's degree in accounting and business administration from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, and an MBA in finance and marketing from Northern Illinois University. He and his wife reside in Florida and Chicago, and are the parents of three grown children.


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