President of Advocate Trinity Hospital Named to Chicago’s 40 Under 40 List

Terika Richardson, MPH, FACHE, president of United Church of Christ-related Advocate Trinity Hospital, has been named to the 2016 class of Crain’s Chicago Business 40 Under 40 List.

The highly anticipated list, now in its 27th year, spotlights 40 Chicagoans from a cross section of industries who have achieved extraordinary success before the age of 40.

Richardson, 38, joined as Advocate Trinity’s president in June after having served as chief executive officer (CEO) at Retreat Doctors’ Hospital, HCA, in Richmond, Va..

“I’m humbled by this incredible honor, but it is truly a reflection on all the great people who have influenced my life,” said Richardson. “That includes the Advocate Trinity Hospital community and in particular the dedicated physicians, nurses and associates who each and every day do remarkable work for our health care ministry.”

In her first six months at Trinity, Richardson has focused on cementing the hospital’s position as the premiere destination for health care on Chicago’s Southeast Side. Richardson created and leads a strategy committee of hospital and community stakeholders charged with expanding key service lines and promoting physician and associate engagement. She believes building partnerships with providers, as well as throughout the broader community, will help attract physicians to advance Advocate’s mission to deliver the highest quality of care to the patients Trinity serves.

“In just a few short months on the job, Terika’s positive contributions have been felt across our health system,” said Bill Santulli, chief operating officer of Advocate Health Care. “We could not be more proud of her for achieving this prestigious recognition and look forward to her leadership at Advocate for years to come.”

While at Retreat, Richardson guided the 227-bed hospital to positive earnings within the first two quarters of her tenure at the helm. By her second anniversary, she had implemented a robotic surgery program and grown outpatient surgery by 48 percent. Prior to her role there, Richardson served as chief operating officer at Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center, HCA, in Virginia. From 2013-14, Richardson served as the medical center’s interim CEO. Richardson holds a Master of Public Health degree and Bachelor of Arts degree in biopsychology and cognitive science from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She is board certified in health care management as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Since 1989, Crain’s has honored more than 1,100 people, many of whom have since achieved national acclaim. Past honorees include Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Rahm Emanuel, Lisa Madigan and J.B. Pritzker.

Advocate Health Care is the largest health system in Illinois and one of the largest health care providers in the Midwest. A national leader in population health management, Advocate is one of the largest Accountable Care Organizations in the country. Advocate operates more than 450 sites of care and 12 hospitals, including two of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals, the state’s largest integrated children’s network, five Level I trauma centers (the state’s highest designation in trauma care), three Level II trauma centers, one of the area’s largest home health and hospice companies and one of the region’s largest medical groups. Advocate Health Care trains more primary care physicians and residents at its four teaching hospitals than any other health system in the state. As a not-for-profit, mission-based health system affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the United Church of Christ, Advocate contributed $686 million in charitable care and services to communities across Chicagoland and Central Illinois in 2015

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