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Since 1998 Kathleen Yosko has served as the President and CEO of Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital. Marianjoy is a network of 500 inpatient medical acute/subacute beds and outpatient rehabilitation services delivering a full range of multispecialty services to adults and children in the greater Chicagoland area.
More than 50,000 patients receive care within Marianjoy service network annually. Under Ms. Yosko’s leadership Marianjoy experienced a transformation in programming and care delivery including the most recent merger with Northwestern Medicine March 1, 2016.
After facilitating a financial turnaround in 2000 she began to recruit and strengthen board leadership and established the Marianjoy Foundation. Nearly $30 million has been raised for campus improvements and program initiatives since 2002.
A holistically designed replacement hospital was opened in 2006; major renovation of the Outpatient Pavilion was completed in 2006. In 2015 an Aquatic Therapy Center, Conference and Education Center, Assistive Rehabilitation Technology Institute(MARTI) opened. Always striving to keep Marianjoy in the forefront of rehabilitation medicine. Marianjoy was blessed with a $2.5 million grant from the Tellabs Foundation in 2016 which enabled Marianjoy to open the cutting-edge Center for Neurorehabilitation and Neuroplasticity. Additionally in 2001, under Ms. Yosko’s leadership, Marianjoy launched AbilityLinks.org, an award-winning website that matches jobseekers who have a disability with businesses seeking to hire qualified workers. The program has helped to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
Prior to joining Marianjoy (1978-1998), Ms. Yosko served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital and Care Network, a 125-bed comprehensive rehabilitation facility. Founded in 1912, Schwab’s care network grew extensively under her leadership and now operates eight satellite facilities in the Chicago area. Before her departure a replacement hospital was completed under her leadership.
Ms. Yosko began her career as a registered nurse/clinical specialist in rehabilitation at the Veterans Hospital University and Highland Drive Campuses in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at the height of the Vietnam War. It was through providing care to young wounded warriors that she developed her 40 year history of serving people with disabilities as a clinician, administrator and disability advocate.
Throughout her career Ms. Yosko has been active nationally in the field of rehabilitation. Ms. Yosko has served as the chairperson of the American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association (AMRPA). AMRPA is a nonprofit trade organization representing freestanding rehabilitation hospitals, rehabilitation units in general hospitals, outpatient rehabilitation facilities, several skilled nursing facilities, and home health agencies. Ms. Yosko has also served as the chairperson of the Commission of Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (1997), and as the chairperson of the American Rehabilitation Association (1994), a Washington, D.C.-based organization representing providers of rehabilitation services.
Over her healthcare career, Ms. Yosko has received a series of national and local achievement awards. In 2015 Kathleen received the Influential Women in Business Award. In 2012 Kathleen she received the WSPN’s Non-Profit Executive of the Year Award. In 2002, Kathleen received the Business Ledger’s Influential Women in Business Award. In 2001, the YWCA awarded Ms. Yosko with their Outstanding Women in Business Award. In 1988, Ms. Yosko received the AHA’s Hospital Society for Planning & Marketing’s First Annual Strategy Award, which was given “in recognition of vision and insight in cultivating staff ideas and developing them into innovative, responsive programming to meet changing rehabilitation needs.” In 1989, she received the Chicago Area Health Care Planning and Marketing Award “given in recognition of her vision and creativity in addressing opportunities in health care planning and marketing.” Ms. Yosko was also the recipient of the 1995 Don Burke Award for Executive Excellence, given by the Illinois Association of Rehabilitation Facilities. Ms. Yosko also received the inaugural INDE award from the American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association in November of 2004 in which she was nominated by her peers in the industry for “Inspired, Notable, Dedicated Efforts, which have had a direct and positive impact on the medical rehabilitation field, and/or the persons served by the field.”
Ms. Yosko is active in professional organizations. She currently serves on the Transforming Illinois health Care Board of the Illinois Hospital Association; Chicago Chapter of the International Women’s Forum; DuPage Health Coalition Board; Board; DuPage County Workforce Board; Illinois Performance Excellence Board (IPEX); American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association Board (AMRPA); Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence Board and the Chicago Project Against Violence Prevention. She is a member of the Chicago Network, the Economic Club of Chicago, the Executives Club of Chicago, the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations and the Christine Center Board.
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