The Board of
Directors of Sinai Health System last week announced that Karen Teitelbaum will
become president and CEO, effective July 1. Teitelbaum takes the helm at
the 695-bed hospital group following a decade of leadership from Alan Channing who
announced his retirement this spring.
has served as executive vice president and chief operating officer at Sinai for
nearly seven years, where she has focused on strengthening operations, quality,
safety and business development for the health system, which includes Mount
Sinai Hospital, Sinai Children’s Hospital, Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital, Holy
Cross Hospital, Sinai Urban Health Institute, Sinai Community Institute, and
Sinai Medical Group. During her tenure, Sinai has received national and
statewide recognition for clinical excellence as well as its innovative urban
health programs, which translate research in social, economic and health
disparities into holistic prevention and wellness programs that improve health
as well as quality of life.
“We are very
fortunate to have a proven leader in Karen, already profoundly invested in
Sinai and the community,” said Gary Niederpruem, chairman of the Board of Sinai
Health System. “Her strong health care experience and business acumen, coupled
with a deep passion for making a difference in the communities we serve, make
her the right person to lead Sinai forward during this dynamic period of change
and transformation in health care delivery. As health care in the United States
begins to more closely resemble the type of care Sinai has always delivered,
Karen is uniquely qualified to guide our organization forward to continue
changing lives for the better.”
Chicago’s west and south side communities for nearly 100 years, Sinai has been
expanding its service area and now reaches almost 1.5 million people annually.
Its recent merger with Holy Cross Hospital created a unique Jewish-Catholic
partnership united in a mission to bring quality, compassionate health care and
social services to some of Chicago’s most economically challenged communities.
“We know that
quality health care has the power to transform communities. What distinguishes
Sinai is our work to make lives better by also addressing the non-clinical
issues that impact health care disparities like access to jobs, interrupting
violence and improving neighborhood safety,” said Teitelbaum. “Through our
Sinai Community Institute and our Urban Health Institute, we never stop working
to better understand the needs of our community, provide beneficial community
programs, and turn urban epidemiological findings at the neighborhood level
into innovative treatment.”
is known for its expertise in trauma care, Sinai’s expansive network also
provides top specialty services at its hospitals and clinics, from neonatal
intensive care to advanced oncology programs. System wide, Sinai has 4,000 caregivers,
including 800 physicians, 695 licensed beds, 100,000-plus annual emergency
department visits, and eight physician training programs.
Teitelbaum receives her health care from providers and hospitals throughout
Sinai Health System.
57, came to Sinai with deep and broad leadership experience in nearly every
sector of health care. She began as a clinician, a speech language pathologist,
and went on to own and sell her own physical rehabilitation agency.
Teitelbaum’s career has included strategic planning, medical staff development
and managed care contracting at both teaching and community hospitals. She was
a senior executive for a network of 12 Catholic hospitals, directed channel and
customer marketing for a major pharmaceutical company, and led business
development and operations for a number of Chicagoland hospitals.
earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York, and a
Master of Arts in Speech and Language Pathology and a Master of Management
degree from Northwestern University. A native of New York, she has made Chicago
her home ever since graduate school.
active in many civic and health organizations nationally and locally. She is an
immediate-past member of the Maternal and Child Health Committee of the
American Hospital Association. She was the chair of the Building Committee for
the Lawndale Christian Health Center, and serves on the boards of the Lawndale
Business Renaissance Association and the Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare