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Sherman picks COO Deering to be new president


Linda Deering

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Updated: January 19, 2014 11:47AM

ELGIN — Advocate Health Care and Advocate Sherman Hospital have announced that Sherman’s new president will be a current top Sherman executive, Elgin resident Linda Deering.

Trained as a nurse, Deering also has experience in management positions at Presence Saint Joseph Hospital in Elgin and Delnor Hospital in Geneva.

Deering will become Sherman’s president effective Jan. 1, when current Sherman President Rick Floyd becomes president of the parent health system’s flagship hospital, Advocate Lutheran General in Park Ridge.

Deering brings more than 35 years of experience as a health care leader to this new role. Since 2006, she has served as Sherman’s chief operating officer.

Under her leadership, a Sherman press release notes, the hospital has achieved and maintained top results in patient, physician and associate satisfaction, and in health outcomes.

During her tenure, Sherman also achieved the ILPEX Silver Award for Performance Excellence and won a Magnet designation, among numerous other national awards and accolades.

“Linda has a proven track record of facilitating team redesign, performance improvement and helping to transform culture,” said Bill Santulli, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Advocate Health Care. “This — coupled with her extensive experience in hospital operations, physician relations and strategic planning — will serve her well in this new role.”

Prior to her work at Sherman, Deering served as the vice president of patient services, chief nursing officer and chief clinical officer at Delnor Hospital in Geneva. She also was executive director of patient services at Presence Saint Joseph Hospital in Elgin.

Deering earned her master’s and bachelor’s of science degrees in nursing from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb.

She is a member of the American College of Health Executives and the American Organization of Executive Nurses. Deering also regularly travels the country as a professional speaker and coach for the Studer Group, serving to help other health care organizations create cultures of accountability and top performance.

She is a native of Niles, has lived in Elgin for more than 30 years and has three children.

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