Roberta Luskin-Hawk has been named president and CEO of Presence St. Francis Hospital in Evanston.

She succeeds Jeff Murphy who announced his retirement last month.

Dr. Luskin-Hawk, one of only a handful of female physicians in Illinois who serve as hospital CEOs, will retain her position as president and CEO of Presence St. Joseph Hospital in Chicago, which she’s held since 2009.

Prior to her administrative role, Dr. Luskin-Hawk had a 24 year medical career that incorporated clinical practice, medical education, clinical research and physician leadership roles.

A board-certified specialist in infectious diseases, Dr. Luskin-Hawk has been recognized for her commitment to the communities impacted by HIV infection.

She co-founded one of the first inpatient HIV inpatient units in the Chicago metropolitan area, founded a HIV clinical research consortium focused on improving access to people previously under-represented in clinical trials, designed National Institutes of Health HIV clinical trials and was invited to participate in a national NIH HIV Treatment Guideline Committee.

“Dr. Luskin-Hawk’s practice experience, focus on quality and clinical excellence, business acumen and passion for her work are important foundations for her leadership role,” Sandra Bruce, president and CEO of Presence Health, said in a statement.

During her tenure, Presence St. Joseph has dramatically improved patient satisfaction, launched a successful robotic surgery program, unveiled a state-of-the-art emergency department and is poised to begin construction on a 219,000 square foot ambulatory care center and medical office building.

Dr. Luskin-Hawk said she looks forward “to building upon all the great work that Jeff Murphy, his senior team and all the employees and physicians have accomplished at Presence St. Francis Hospital.”

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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    1. Ditto

      I agree with you. Her reputation procedes her. It is easy to see how this is a good fit. Saint Francis already has an award winning nursing and patient support staff and is a model for other northshore hospitals to work toward.

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