By Anna Lothson
Jack Cleary points to a strong list of accomplishments that mark him as a longtime leader in the health care field.
That's the legacy he hopes to leave behind as he retires from his post as chief executive officer of Vanguard West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park. In August, he was named to the Becker's Hospital Review of "300 Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know," which boasts a list of names from across the country who demonstrate promise in the American health care industry.
Though he only took over at CEO two years ago, Cleary's time has not been uneventful.
"It has been a privilege to lead such a wonderful team at West Suburban Medical Center," he said in a prepared email statement. "I'm most proud of the high quality of care provided by the most compassionate, caring people I've ever worked with during my 45 years in health care. I hope the community we serve continues to give thanks and recognition owed to the dedicated caregivers at West Suburban Medical Center."
During his time as CEO, the center has opened a Joint Center of Excellence with highly trained orthopedic surgeons and a cardiac rehabilitation program and earned a Center of Excellence designation for its Breast Center at West Sub's River Forest Medical Campus. Cleary also led the hospital in reinvigorating the Diabetes Center and in earning re-accreditation as a Chest Pain Center, initiating a geriatric-focused service line complete with a Senior Center and transportation program. He's also been credited with re-energizing employees through recognition programs.
Cleary retired with the rank of colonel after a 25-year career in the Air Force, where he worked in health administration.
Until a permanent replacement is hired, Joan Ormsby, the hospital's current chief operating officer, will serve as the interim CEO.
The original version of this article incorrectly stated that Pat Shehorn would act as interim CEO after Cleary's retirement, rather than Joan Ormsby. Wednesday Journal regrets this error.