Northwest Community Healthcare

Position: Member, Board of Directors

Location: Arlington Heights, Illinois


Northwest Community Hospital (NCH) opened its doors on December 2, 1959, marking the culmination of a multiyear effort led by a group of visionary civic and business leaders who perceived the need for quality, community focused health care in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Today, NCH is an award-winning hospital with nationally recognized physicians, state-of-the-art technology, and inpatient and outpatient services in a full range of medical specialties. Its vision is to be an integrated system of care that delivers innovative, exceptional, and coordinated care, while creating value for the communities and populations it serves. Over the years, NCH has continued to grow to meet the changing needs of its community, joining NorthShore University HealthSystem in January 2021. Headquartered in Evanston, NorthShore is a fully integrated healthcare delivery system that includes six hospitals—Evanston, Glenbrook, Highland Park, Skokie, Swedish, and NCH.

Job Description:

Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH) is governed by a voluntary board of community members and business leaders. The Board oversees NCH administration, holding it accountable for performance, and selects, evaluates, and replaces Board officers. The Board is also responsible for ensuring that the long-term strategic direction of NCH achieves its charitable missions, matching the resources of the corporation with its mission and strategic plan. In addition, the Board is accountable for monitoring the financial performance of the organization.

The Board is composed of 14 to 19 directors, including three ex officio members – the president of Northwest Community Hospital and the president and vice president of the medical staff. The term of office for each newly elected director is one year, commencing with the date of the annual meeting at which the director is elected by the Board. A newly elected director is eligible to serve for three consecutive one-year terms, at the end of which time he or she is eligible for election to four additional three-year terms for a maximum of 15 consecutive years. The Board is comprised of eight standing committees: Governance, Finance, Planning and Business Development, Executive, Audit and Compliance, Quality, Community Health and Outreach, and the Investment Subcommittee of the Finance Committee. The ideal candidate for this role will have the following qualifications:

  • Experience with dynamic, large, complex organizational environments
  • An understanding of health care and the payer and regulatory environment
  • Leadership experience, including change leadership
  • An understanding of marketing and branding
  • Experience processing complex, strategic options/decision-making
  • Professional experience as a CEO or other decision-making authority
  • Financial literacy appropriate for health care
  • Merger or partnership experience
  • Knowledge of key laws including the False Claims Act, Anti-Kickback Statute, Stark Law, Civil Monetary Penalties Law, EMTALA, HIPAA, antitrust, and Illinois statutes (Not-for-Profit Corporation Act and Hospital Licensing Act)
  • Knowledge of medical staff issues, including credentialing and corrective action

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Steven M. Derks
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Mary McDermott Sanderson
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