Claus von Zychlin
4.13.1955 - 10.26.2020
We are saddened to announce the passing of our colleague and friend Claus Von Zychlin.
Claus was a strong, visionary leader in healthcare administration who managed turnaround situations, grew programs, developed successful joint ventures, and led new facility development projects. In addition, he was 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.
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, 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, he 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. 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. The Mount Carmel von Zychlin Healthy Living Center was dedicated in Claus's honor upon his retirement as a community health and wellness center that provides free programming to all, empowering and equipping each individual to embrace long-term health behavior changes in a safe, inclusive space.
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 Corp. in Rockford, Illinois.
Claus sat on the boards of many organizations, as well, including the Ohio Hospital Association, Columbus Partnership, United Way, American Heart Association, and the YMCA. He most recently served as Executive in Residence for Tamarind Hill, a venture fund focused on supporting IT-based startup companies in the healthcare space in the Midwest. Claus earned his bachelor's degree in accounting and business administration from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, and his MBA in finance and marketing from Northern Illinois University.
After retiring in 2016, Claus and his beloved wife of 41 years, Susan, split their time between Marco Island, Florida, and Glenview, Illinois. In addition to continuing his work as a consultant to healthcare startup companies and a mentor to younger professionals, he began serving as an Of Counsel partner to Quick Leonard Kieffer, enriching the firm's work with his knowledge and experience. Claus is survived by his wife and three grown children.
Contributions in Claus' memory may be made to the Mount Carmel Foundation, von Zychlin Healthy Living Center Fund, 6150 E Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43213 or at mountcarmelfoundation.org (Direct My Gift to: MCF Healthy Living Center).
A memorial service is planned for a later date.