Advocate Aurora names Skogsbergh its sole CEO

Advocate Aurora named Jim Skogsbergh its sole president and CEO of the health system. (Advocate Aurora)

Advocate Aurora Health named Jim Skogsbergh sole president and CEO of the health system.

As one of the nation's largest nonprofit health systems, Advocate Aurora previously had a joint CEO model in which Nick Turkal, M.D., was a co-president and co-CEO. The dual-leadership arrangement was created after the health system was formed through a merger of Advocate Health Care and Aurora Healthcare in April 2018.

“After a thorough review with the assistance of an independent advisor, the Board has made the decision to move to a single CEO model to best position us to advance our strategy moving forward,” said Joanne Disch, chairwoman of the board, in a statement.  

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Skogsbergh, 61, joined Advocate Health Care in 2001 as chief operating officer and was promoted to president and CEO in 2002. Previously, Skogsbergh was executive vice president of the 10-hospital, statewide Iowa Health System and president and CEO of Iowa Methodist, Iowa Lutheran and Blank Children’s hospitals. He began his career in hospital administration in 1982 as an administrative resident with Memorial Health System of South Bend, Indiana.

Skogsbergh is a graduate of Iowa State University and the University of Iowa and a past chairman of the American Hospital Association board as well as the Chicago United board.

“I am honored to continue to lead Advocate Aurora Health and our talented physicians, nurses and team members into the future as we transform care and deliver on our purpose of helping people live well,” Skogsbergh said in a statement.

Officials said Turkal will support the transition "as he departs to pursue other interests."

“It has truly been a privilege to work alongside Jim and lead this remarkable organization and its talented and passionate team members,” Turkal said in a statement. “We have formed an incredible organization dedicated to serving our patients and community, and I have full confidence that Advocate Aurora Health is well-positioned for the future under Jim’s leadership.”