We are saddened to announce the passing of our colleague and friend Joyce Washington.
Joyce had a distinguished executive career with over 25 years of experience in general management and healthcare systems, including public and private hospitals.
Joyce began her career as an RN at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia and Walter Reed Hospital in Washington D.C. She quickly elevated to C-suite positions and directed strategic and tactical efforts for several world-class healthcare organizations. She held a variety of executive-level positions, including vice president of Advocate Health Care, vice president and COO of Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center and CEO positions with HCA Healthcare.
An accomplished negotiator and lobbyist, Joyce's skills and professional relationships led to the passing of critical legislation that has benefitted Illinois citizens. She influenced the passage of Smoke Free Illinois, and was influential in areas of healthcare, economic development, education and public safety.
Joyce was the former governing council chairperson at Advocate South Suburban Hospital, board member and board capital campaign committee chairperson for DuSable Museum, and board of directors' chairperson, T.LAB. She was a member of the NAACP and Chicago Urban League.
In 2001 Joyce founded The Washington Group, a Chicago-based management consulting firm. In addition to continuing her work at The Washington Group, she began serving as an Of Counsel partner to Quick Leonard Kieffer in 2013.
It was a gift to know Joyce. She was beautiful, generous, kind and funny. All of us at QLK mourn her passing as do the many hospital executives who were her colleagues and mentees over a long and distinguished career. – Roger A. Quick, Founder & Chairman of Quick Leonard Kieffer