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William (Bill) Foley

Senior Consultants

William (Bill) Foley

Of Counsel

William (Bill) Foley is an Of Counsel consultant with Quick Leonard Kieffer (QLK) who brings more than 40 years of top executive and operational leadership experience in a wide range of healthcare settings across the country, including Catholic and public integrated delivery networks, county hospitals, and academic medical centers.  Bill's experience working with Boards, leading teams for performance improvement, financial turnarounds, restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, system integration, leadership development and strategic planning is an invaluable resource to his clients at QLK.

Bill most recently served as the director of Ventura County Health Care Agency in California, which is comprised of an integrated healthcare delivery system, the county's public health and behavioral health departments, and a Knox-Keene-licensed health plan serving county employees and their dependents. During his tenure, he successfully turned around the agency's finances, established a strong and sustainable leadership team, and developed a strategic plan to guide it into the future.

Previously, Bill served as the senior vice president of acute care operations for New York City Health+Hospitals, the largest public healthcare system in the U.S., and as CEO of that health system's Jacobi Medical Center; as the president of Vanguard Health System's four-hospital Chicago Market; and as the CEO of Cook County Health and Hospitals System in Chicago, for which he directed a system restructuring and operational improvement to achieve a financial turnaround, expand ambulatory care, increase access, and position the system for health reform.

Bill also has experience as a healthcare consultant, providing guidance on performance improvement, leadership development, and strategic planning, as well as serving in interim leadership roles for various hospitals and health systems in Chicago and California.

In addition to his professional roles, Bill has been very active as a board member with a number of healthcare organizations, such as the American Heart Association, state and national hospital associations, as well as on the boards of universities and charities that benefit communities and children, in particular.

Bill earned his bachelor's degree in sociology from St. Louis University and his Master of Hospital and Health Administration degree from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.  He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.  

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