Northwestern Medicine appoints new president for Kishwaukee, Valley West hospitals

DeKALB – Northwestern Medicine has named Maura O’Toole the new president of Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee and Valley West hospitals, according to an announcement this week.

O’Toole has more than 25 years of health care leadership experience, most recently serving as vice president of operations at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield.

“Maura has a proven track record as an enthusiastic leader who inspires people to be their best,” Kevin Poorten, senior vice president, Northwestern Memorial HealthCare, said in a statement. “Under her experienced guidance, Kishwaukee Hospital and Valley West Hospital will continue our mission of always putting the patient first.”

O’Toole received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Salve Regina University and a master’s degree in Nursing Administration from Chamberlain College of Nursing. She held several administrative leadership positions before joining Central DuPage Hospital in January 2005 as director of perioperative services, according to the release.

“The team at Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Valley West Hospital is truly outstanding,” O’Toole said in a statement. “I am excited to continue the amazing progress these hospitals have achieved with a focus on excellent patient satisfaction and quality care.”

O’Toole replaced Jay Anderson, who was named chief operating officer of Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio.