Northwestern Medicine Hospital makes 2 leadership appointments


Two people have been named to leadership positions at Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital in Illinois.

Marsha Oberrieder has been named president and Karen Mahnke, MSN, RN, has been named chief nursing officer of the Bernthal family and vice president of operations, according to an April 19 press release shared with Becker’s.

“These appointments ensure the continued advancement of our Patients First mission,” Dean Harrison, CEO of Chicago-based Northwestern Memorial HealthCare, said in the release. “As Northwestern Medicine continues to grow, our leadership team will continue to drive clinical integration and innovation to better support patient care.”

Ms. Oberrieder has served as Senior Vice President of Operations at Lake Forest since 2015, a few years before a new hospital in Lake Forest opened in March 2018. She has also previously held positions at the facility, including Vice President of Operations and Vice President of Human Resources. and professional services.

Ms. Mahnke was Associate Chief Nursing Officer and Director of Operations at Lake Forest for five years. Other roles she has held at the hospital include Director of Patient Care Operations and Professional Development, Magnet Program Manager, and Clinical Nurse Specialist.

The Lake Forest appointments come after Thomas McAfee was named president of Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago and Saadia Sherwani, MD, was named that facility’s chief medical officer.


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