CHICAGO, IL – November 13, 2014 – For the second consecutive
year, The Loretto Hospital’s Chief Executive Officer and Chief Medical
Officer Dr. Sonia Mehta is once again included among the 2014 list of
top 100 leaders by Becker's Hospital Review, a monthly publication
offering up-to-date business and legal news and analysis relating to hospitals
and health systems.
The list is published each year to feature hospital and health system executives
that hold medical degrees or are doctors of osteopathic medicine. The
Becker's Hospital Review editorial team selects leaders through an
editorial review process who have risen to the forefront based on their
healthcare leadership experience, accolades and commitment to promoting
“This is truly an honor to once again be recognized and included
by Becker among such a prolific group of health care executives. I strongly
believe that the strength of a team is each individual member. And, the
strength of each member is the team. I received this honor – not
because of what I have done – but because of the strong group of
leaders and managers at The Loretto Hospital who have supported me and the
process of doing what is necessary to deliver quality health care to our
Dr. Mehta said. Dr. Mehta received her medical degree from NHL Municipal
Medical College of Ahmedabad, India, where she graduated with honors.
Soon after, she completed her medical residency in Internal Medicine at
West Suburban Hospital in Oak Park, as well as a Hematology/Oncology Fellowship
at Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston. In addition, she earned an MBA
from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
Administratively, Dr. Mehta has been a strong force in health care over
the past 18 years, holding leadership positions at Victory Medical Center
in Stanley, Wisconsin; Condell Acute Care Centers in Libertyville; Alexian
Brothers Medical Center in Hoffman Estates; and Northwest Community Hospital
in Arlington Heights; where she was Chief of Ambulatory Services. Since
assuming the role as CEO and CMO at Loretto, Dr. Mehta has achieved a
number of successful accomplishments to strategically position Loretto
to have a greater competitive edge in today’s health care market.
In October, Loretto received an ‘A’ rating from Leapfrog Group
after years of making dramatic improvements in the areas of quality, patient
safety, and overall structural enhancements to its facilities. Loretto
Hospital also opened a new retail pharmacy on its main floor to accommodate
the community and to ensure it is providing continuum of care to its patients.
In conjunction with the new outpatient pharmacy, The Loretto Hospital also
renovated its inpatient pharmacy to include a state-of-the-art workspace
and computer system to better serve patients while they are in the hospital’s
care. Additional new offerings include: a Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory
(also known as the cardiac cath lab); state-of-the art diagnostic imaging
suite; and new doctors and expanded medical services and programs.
With regard to the new healthcare services that are now available to the
community, in collaboration with PCC Wellness, Loretto offers patients
quality primary care, geriatric medicine, an eye clinic, behavioral health
services, pediatrics, women’s health, family planning and dental
services. The Loretto Hospital is also a member of the Better Health Network
Accountable Care Entity (ACE), a new process of coordinating healthcare
services in Illinois to new potential Medicaid recipients as well as to
families already receiving Medicaid.
“The Loretto Hospital has an incredible testimony of withstanding hardship
with a long-standing history of always bouncing back. I look at us as
the comeback kid. Now I’m a proud part of Loretto’s history.
But more importantly, I’m a very proud to be a part of a team of
excellent physicians, staff, and future leaders in health care. We all
share in the success at Loretto and in my recognition from Beckers,”
Dr. Mehta said.
About The Loretto Hospital
The Loretto Hospital is a not-for-profit, community-based, and acute care hospital
located on Chicago’s Far West Side of Chicago. Founded in 1939 by
a group of community doctors to create a patient centered hospital that
would serve the community regardless of a patient’s ability to pay,
Loretto has provided comprehensive medical care and social support services
to the Austin Community for 75 years. Although the largest percentage
of the hospital’s patients resides in Austin, neighboring communities
and suburbs also utilize Loretto as a healthcare resource. For more information,