Rush-Copley Administrative Team
Barry C. Finn, MBA, CPA
President, Chief Executive Officer
Dynamic leader, strategic thinker, team builder and effective administrator are terms that describe Barry Finn, president and CEO of Rush-Copley Medical Center. Carrying on the tradition of excellence established at Rush-Copley, Barry continues to work toward bringing high quality, state-of-the-art healthcare services to the rapidly growing Fox Valley area. Barry was named president and CEO in 2002 after serving in the roles of Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer since 1996. His 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry have been a boon to the medical center, as has his unparalleled leadership and administration of healthcare resources in a challenging era of fiscal management and rapid technological change.
After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Northern Illinois University he attained certification as a public accountant, and then went on to receive a Masters of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in Marketing and Strategy from J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University.
He is active in many professional and civic organizations and currently serves on the Rush Health Board of Directors. He has also served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council ("MCHC") and as the past president of region 2B (DuPage, Kane and McHenry counties) for the Illinois Hospital Association.
Outside of Rush-Copley, Barry has been a devoted high school booster for baseball and football and has served as a coach for several youth and teenage travel athletic teams. He and his wife also support numerous local religious and charitable organizations. He may be contacted by calling 630-978-4976 or via email at Barry.Finn@rushcopley.com.
Senior Vice President, Strategy
As an experienced leader with a commitment to excellence, Gail Bumgarner excels in strategy management. She serves as Senior Vice President of Strategy and Chief Strategy Officer.
Gail has been in healthcare for over 30 years with the last 25 at the executive level. At Rush-Copley, she oversees the functions of planning, business development, marketing, neurosciences as well as Rush-Copley Medical Group. Gail has a B.A. in Political Science from Kalamazoo College and a Master's Degree in Public Affairs from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, where she also was a pre-doctoral fellow.
Active in the community, Gail is the former chair of the Fox Valley United Way, a board member of The Conservation Foundation and a tutor with Literacy DuPage.
Gail resides in Downers Grove.
John Diederich, M.A., MBA
Senior Vice President, Operations
Chief Operating Officer
As both the watchdog and steward of patient resources at Rush-Copley Medical Center, John Diederich has proven his mettle in a tough economic environment. He has honed his expertise over the last two decades and has risen through the ranks to become an accomplished strategic thinker, skilled operations administrator and affable leader.
As COO, John oversees the daily clinical, ancillary and support operations of the hospital. This includes the administrative responsibility of the medical center's $50 million annual capital improvement budget and all medical center construction projects.
He received his Bachelor of Business Administration, specializing in management science from the University of Iowa, where he also earned a Master of Arts degree in hospital and health administration and a Master of Business Administration degree. John has also completed the Advanced Executive Program at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.
John, his wife and three children make their home in Aurora where he is a past Chairman of the Board of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce and an active Board member, the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley, the Marmion Academy Board of Trustees, and the Marmion Academy Alumni Association.
Steve B. Lowenthal, M.D.
Senior Vice President, Medical Affairs
Chief Medical Officer
As Senior Vice President, Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Lowenthal is the primary liaison between the Medical Staff and Administration of Rush-Copley Medical Center.
Dr. Lowenthal's primary responsibilities include oversight of Medical Staff credentialing, privileging and bylaws, the family medicine residency program, and continuing medical education for physicians. He also is responsible for the hospital's quality and patient safety programs as well as physician relations and physician services.
Dr. Lowenthal brings a myriad of expertise to the medical center including vast experience in quality and patient safety program development, clinical informatics and its use in evidenced based clinical practice as well as Six Sigma Black Belt Training, a highly disciplined technique focusing on process improvement. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from The Chicago Medical School, Chicago. In New York, he completed one year of General Surgery residency before moving to Los Angeles, California where he completed residency training in Urology. He also earned a Master of Public Health degree in health services administration from the Medical College of Wisconsin.
Dr. Lowenthal resides in St. Charles and has four adult children, two of whom are now fourth generation physicians.
Brenda Van Wyhe, MBA, CPA
Senior Vice President, Finance
Chief Financial Officer
Strong financial skills and technical project expertise, combined with a strong sense of fiscal responsibility are what make Brenda Van Wyhe a highly effective finance administrator. Her responsibilities include financial reporting, accounts receivable management, managed care contracting and reimbursement, materials management and medical records.
Brenda received her Bachelor of Science degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and her Master of Business Administration degree from DePaul University. She is a CPA and has served as an adjunct instructor for Aurora University.
Active in he community, Brenda is treasurer for the Oswego Chamber of Commerce, Vice Chair of the Oswego Economic Development Commission and serves on the Oswego YMCA Board, the Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce, and is a committee member for Mutual Ground. She is past treasurer for the Oswego Economic Development Corporation and the Oswego Rotary Club and has participated on various other committees including Kendall County CASA, Women's Topic, Finance Committee and Advisory Committees for District 308. Brenda resides in Sugar Grove.
Vice President, Legal Affairs and General Counsel
As Vice President and General Counsel, Ryan is responsible for the overall legal affairs at Rush-Copley and its affiliated operations. Ryan has extensive experience in hospital and health law, as well as the management of medical professional liability matters. During his decade of service at the Illinois Hospital Association (IHA), Ryan held several positions, including Director for the Illinois Provider Trust and Illinois Risk Management Services, where he managed litigation and liability matters for large health systems. Prior to joining the IHA, Ryan was an attorney with a large, national professional liability insurance company located in Chicago. Ryan began his legal career in 1993 at a Chicago law firm where he concentrated his litigation practice on aviation-related matters.
Originally from the East Coast, Ryan received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Albany and his law degree from the University of Akron School of Law. Ryan is multi-engine rated commercial pilot who enjoys flying his two sons around the Midwest.
Ryan is a member of the Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys (IAHA), and an elected member of the Gower District 62 school board.
Ryan lives in Burr Ridge with his wife and two sons.
Vice President, Information Technology
Chief Information Officer
A highly effective leader on the cutting edge of technology, Dennis DeMasie is no stranger to strategic planning, hospital operations and information systems management. With over 20 years of healthcare experience, he joined Rush-Copley in 2007.
As Vice President of Technology and Chief Information Officer, Dennis is responsible for development and implementation of information technology initiatives and all operational activities of the IT department.
Dennis earned his B.S. in Computer Technology from Purdue University. He received an MBA in Healthcare Administration from the University of Phoenix, where he now teaches online graduate and undergraduate level courses on the use of IT in Health Care.
He is a member of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society, and the American Hospital Association.
Dennis resides in Aurora and has four grown children.
Diane D. Homan, M.D.
Vice President, Clinical Innovation
Chief Medical Informatics Officer
Dr. Homan facilitates the use of clinical informatics to advance clinical quality and patient safety and provides medical leadership for all clinical information systems that assist physicians in the delivery of patient care.
Collaborating with key areas of responsibility including Care Management, Infection Prevention,Quality and Patient Safety, Dr. Homan uses data to improve quality outcomes through standardization. Monitoring metrics that contribute to Value Based Purchasing, Readmissions, Hospital Acquired Conditions while implementing Meaningful Use criteria continues to move the organization to high reliability.
Dr. Homan will also continue to represent Rush-Copley at state and national conferences presenting our excellent clinical outcomes seeking to network and learn from those who represent best practices in the healthcare industry.
Dr. Homan has been on the faculty at Rush University for over 30 years, initiated and served as the Director of the Rush-Copley Family Medicine Residency, and also serves on several local Boards including the Kane County Advisory Committee.
Mary Shilkaitis, MSN, MBA, RN, NEA-BC
Vice President, Patient Care Services, and Chief Nursing Officer
Mary is the Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer at Rush-Copley Medical Center and has served as an executive member of the administrative team since 2001. As a strategic thinker, team builder and champion for excellence in patient care and patient safety Mary provides leadership for clinical and nursing operations across the organization.
With over 25 years of experience in healthcare, Mary spearheads the strategic vision for nursing excellence overseeing nursing practice, development and education in inpatient, outpatient and the rehabilitation settings. As a champion for patient safety, in 2007 Mary attended the prestigious Institute for Healthcare Improvement Patient Safety Officer Executive Development Program. Mary engages in organizational, local and national performance improvement activities and is currently serving as site coordinator for a NIH-sponsored Study of Attitudes and Factors Effecting Infant Care (SAFE) to assist in better understanding the development of infant care practices, particularly as they relate to the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), the leading cause of infant mortality outside the neonatal period.
Mary is involved in several community task forces and boards including the Nursing Advisory Council for Aurora University, Clinical Oversight Committee for Illinois Hospital Association and Board member for River West Radiation Center. Mary is currently adjunct faculty at Lewis University in Romeoville, IL.
She earned her baccalaureate degree from Illinois Wesleyan University and her master’s degree in nursing and business administration from Lewis University. At Lewis University Mary was honored with the Lasallian Leadership Award. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, American College of Health Care Executives and the American Organization of Nurse Executives. She holds a nurse executive advanced board certification (NEA-BC) from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Alexander F. Pope, CFRE
Vice President, Foundation and Chief Development Officer
Alexander (Alex) Pope serves as Chief Development Officer. His career spans 25 years of professional experience in institutional advancement. He has particular expertise in identifying opportunities for and implementing fundraising best practices (including action and outcome-based performance metrics) which create efficient and very effective development programs. His career path has allowed him to gain a fairly equitable balance between major gift work (individual and corporate) and other foundation/fundraising operations, including volunteer board management, direct marketing, workforce giving, special events, planned giving and advancement services.
He has a strong track record of success not only as a fundraiser, but also as a manager and leader. The majority of this experience/success is within regional and national “hub-and-spoke” organizations including Advocate Health Care, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Alex has served on the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Chicago Chapter, Board of Directors since 2007 to 2014, including as president in 2010. In 2013 Alex was awarded the Chapter’s prestigious Presidents Award recognizing his leadership and service to the industry. Additionally, Alex is a member of the Aurora Noon Rotary Club and Chairman of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
Alex is a graduate of Northern Illinois University and resides in Naperville, Illinois, with his wife and four children.
Assistant Vice President, Ancillary Services
An effective leader, David Petasnick brings nearly 20 years of clinical and operational experience to Rush-Copley’s administrative team.
As Assistant Vice President, Ancillary Services, David oversees multiple clinical areas including Imaging Services, Laboratory, Pharmacy and Emergency Services. In addition, he manages the Healthplex and Hospitality Services at Rush-Copley.
David received his bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in Hospital and Health Administration from the University of Iowa. David, his wife, and their three children reside in Oswego.
Suzanne Sterchi, MSN, RN, CNOR
Assistant Vice President, Patient Care
With a passion for clinical excellence and building collaborative multi-disciplinary teams, Suzanne Sterchi brings a wealth of experience and accomplishments to Rush-Copley’s leadership team. With over 40 years of nursing and progressive leadership experience, she joined Rush-Copley in 2005.
In her role, Suzanne provides administrative direction for Perioperative Services, Nursing Professional Practice, Spiritual Care, Heart and Vascular Institute, Neuroscience Institute and Movement Disorder Program, and Patient Support Services. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Nursing, summa cum laude, from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, IL and her Masters of Science in Nursing Administration from Lewis University in Romeoville, IL. Suzanne is a Fellow of the Advisory Board, having completed the Executive Leadership Academy, Washington, DC. She has maintained national certification as a Perioperative Registered Nurse (CNOR) since 1982.
Suzanne serves as an adjunct faculty for Lewis University Graduate School of Nursing and is a member of American Organization of Nurse Executives, Illinois Organization of Nurse Leaders, and the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses. She resides in Plainfield with her family.
Brenda K. Fann, MD, FAAFP
Assistant Vice President, Medical Affairs
As the Assistant Vice President, Medical Affairs, Dr. Fann has both administrative and clinical roles at Rush-Copley. Dr. Fann is the administrative support for Medical Staff Credentialing and Privileging and the Professional Practice Committee, our centralized physician peer review committee, and reports to our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Lowenthal. Additionally, Dr. Fann is responsible for the Medical Staff Bylaws, continuing medical education for physicians, and the Medical Staff Office.
Prior to her current role, Dr. Fann served as the Chair of the Credentials Committee since its inception in 2007. In this role, she developed and implemented a solid and consistent credentialing and privileging process within the organization. For her work on this committee, she was selected by her peers for the Medical Staff Leadership Award in 2009. Additionally, she has been a long-standing member of the Medical Executive and Bylaws Committees.
Dr. Fann, a board-certified family physician, was the Program Director of the Rush-Copley Family Medicine Residency Program and Clinic Director for their Family Medicine Center. She is still clinically active as senior faculty within the residency program. Dr. Fann has been on the medical staff at Rush-Copley Medical Center and an Assistant Professor at Rush Medical College since 2001.
Dr. Fann received a Bachelor of Science degree with high honors in biology from Elmhurst College. She graduated from the University of Illinois, College of Medicine with Alpha Omega Alpha Honors and completed her training at the Kaiser Permanente Family Medicine Residency Program in Riverside, California. Dr. Fann is currently pursuing an MBA in Healthcare Administration.