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NIU alumna to lead Sherman Hospital

December 18, 2013
Linda Deering

Linda Deering

Advocate Sherman Hospital is pleased to announce Advocate Health Care has selected Northern Illinois University alumna Linda Deering to serve as Sherman’s new president, effective January 1, 2014.

Deering replaces Rick Floyd, who is moving on to become president of Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, IL.

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, the hospital has achieved and maintained top decile results in patient, physician and associate satisfaction, and health outcomes. During her tenure, Sherman also achieved the ILPEX Silver Award for Performance Excellence and Magnet designation, among numerous other national awards and accolades.

Advocate Sherman Hospital“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-Community Hospital in Geneva, Illinois. She also served as executive director of patient services at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Elgin, Illinois.

Deering earned both her Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees in nursing from NIU.

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.