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Northwestern Medicine Appoints New President of Kishwaukee Hospital and Valley West Hospital

Northwestern Medicine has named Maura O’Toole the new president of Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital, in DeKalb, Ill., and Northwestern Medicine Valley West Hospital in Sandwich, Ill.

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, Ill.

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

A trained nurse, 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 of 2005 as director of perioperative services.

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

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

Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital and Valley West Hospital recently achieved Magnet Recognition, from the American Nurses Credentialing Center*, including 10 exemplars in areas that highlight excellence in patient satisfaction and preventing patient harm. In addition, Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital was recognized by U.S. News & World Report* as high performing in three conditions, heart failure, kidney failure and COPD, in the 2021-2022 “America’s Best Hospitals” rankings.