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Presence Saint Joseph Hospital President & CEO Roberta Luskin-Hawk, M.D., Named in Top "Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know"

Roberta Luskin-Hawk

Chicago, Illinois (January 2, 2014) – Presence Saint Joseph Hospital-Chicago President & CEO, Roberta Luskin-Hawk, M.D., who also recently assumed the leadership role for Presence Saint Francis Hospital, was recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review in its 2013 list of “300 Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know,” for her outstanding commitment to improving healthcare in America.

In her 24-year career as a practicing physician, Dr. Luskin-Hawk has played a significant role in bringing AIDS research and treatment to the community. She co-founded one of the first HIV inpatient units serving the Chicago metropolitan area at Presence Saint Joseph Hospital in 1987, and as an AIDS/HIV advocate, she later founded a not-for-profit clinical research consortium in Chicago focused on improving access to people previously under-represented, such as women and African Americans, in clinical trials. She secured more than $20 million from 1989–2009 in funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for these clinical research programs to provide the underrepresented populations with access to life-saving HIV drugs.

During her tenure at Presence Saint Joseph Hospital, she has served as chief of the section of infectious diseases, director of graduate medical education, and chair of the department of medicine. She has led system initiatives to help the hospital dramatically improve patient satisfaction, launch a successful robotic surgery program, and unveiled a state-of-the-art emergency department in 2013.  She has recently achieved support for the development of a 219,000 square foot ambulatory care center and medical office building on the hospital campus that is expected to open in September 2015.

In November 2010, Dr. Luskin-Hawk was recognized by Becker’s as one of 50 women who demonstrate outstanding leadership in the hospital and healthcare industry, and named a “Top Doctor” in Chicago by Castle Connolly in 2001, 2003 and 2009.  “We are very pleased to have Dr. Luskin-Hawk serving two of our most prominent Chicago hospitals. With her focus on quality and clinical excellence, combined with her background in medicine and passion for her work, we know she will continue to grow as a top leader in healthcare,” said Sandra Bruce, president and CEO of Presence Health.

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