The board of directors of the Illinois Health and Hospital Association appoints the chair-elect

NorthShore President and Chief Executive Officer – Edward-Elmhurst Health, Gerald “JP” Gallagher, has been named Executive Director-elect of the Illinois Health and Hospital Association. Gallagher is currently leading the creation of a new system through the merger of NorthShore and Edward-Elmhurst Health. In Naperville, Edward Hospital’s affiliated campus is located at 801 S. Washington Street. (PN file photo)

Gerald “JP” Gallagher

Gerald “JP” Gallagher, President and Chief Executive Officer, NorthShore – Edward Elmhurst Health, was elected Chair of the 2022 Board of Trustees of the Illinois Health and Hospital Association (IHA). The Board of Trustees is the association’s policy-making body, representing more than 200 hospitals and nearly 40 health care systems throughout Illinois.

“It is an honor to be entrusted with this opportunity to advance the important work that our hospitals and healthcare systems do every day to improve the well-being of our communities,” Gallagher said in a press release. “I’m honored to work side-by-side with partners who are so deeply connected to the unique needs of the people we serve and who share a passion for developing solutions that help improve access to quality and… to expand affordable health care for all residents of Illinois.”

“We have seen JP demonstrate exceptional leadership during his tenure as CEO at NorthShore,” said IHA President and CEO AJ Wilhelmi. “JP brings an acclaimed career in healthcare to the board, and his experience and insight will be instrumental in making decisions that shape healthcare policy in Illinois.”

Gallagher assumed leadership of NorthShore in November 2017 after serving as Chief Operating Officer (COO) and was responsible for overall system operations, clinical quality outcomes and financial performance. During his tenure, the system has combined strong operational performance with significant improvements in quality and patient safety, use of technology to improve patient retention, and significant capital improvements at its sites.

Gallagher is currently leading the creation of a new system through the merger of NorthShore and Edward-Elmhurst Health with a focus on delivering vibrant, community-connected, expert care while serving as the premier place to work, learn, practice medicine and care. The new system brings together nine award-winning hospitals, 25,000 team members and serves more than 1 million patients across the Chicagoland area.

Gallagher’s previous experience/education

Before becoming COO, Gallagher was President of Evanston Hospital, the flagship teaching hospital for the NorthShore System. NorthShore has been recognized by Fortune/IBM Watson Health as a “15 Top Major Teaching Hospital” and a “100 Top Hospital” for 22 years – more than any other healthcare system in the country. Prior to joining NorthShore, Gallagher held various hospital leadership positions at Advocate Health Care (now Advocate Aurora Health) on the Advocate Christ Medical Center campus. He also completed his Administrative Fellowship at Advocate. Gallagher began his healthcare career as an analyst at The Lewin Group, a Washington, DC consulting firm

Gallagher received his bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania on a grant from the Kaiser Family Foundation. He is a member of the Healthcare Leadership Council, a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Young Presidents Organization. He is an active member of the Commercial Club of Chicago and serves on the Advisory Board of Chicago Catholic Charities.

About NorthShore – Edward Elmhurst Health

NorthShore – Edward-Elmhurst Health is a fully integrated healthcare system dedicated to providing access to quality, vibrant, and community-based care, serving an area of ​​more than 4.2 million people in six northeastern Illinois counties. Our 25,000+ team members and 6,000+ physicians are dedicated to providing transformative patient experiences and expert care close to home at more than 300 outpatient locations and eight acute care hospitals – Edward (Naperville), Elmhurst, Evanston, Glenbrook (Glenview), Highland Park, Northwest Community (Arlington Heights), Skokie and Swedish (Chicago) – all recognized as magnet hospitals for excellence in care. Located in Naperville, Linden Oaks Behavioral Health takes care of the mental health of local residents. For more information, see,, and

About IHA

The Illinois Health and Hospital Association, with offices in Chicago, Naperville, Springfield and Washington, DC, serves more than 200 Illinois hospitals and nearly 40 health care systems serving their patients and communities. IHA members provide a wide range of services—not just within their walls, but across the healthcare continuum and in their communities. Reflecting the diversity of the state, IHA membership consists of nonprofit, investor-owned, and public hospitals in the following categories: community, safety-net, rural, critically accessible, specialty, and teaching hospitals, including academic medical centers. Visit for more information.

Press release submitted by Keith Hartenberger, System Director, Public Relations, for Edward-Elmhurst Health.

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