Wayne M. Lerner, DrPH, FACHE, was president and CEO of Holy Cross Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, from 2006 to 2013. He spent the first 17 years of his career at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center, where he rose to the position of vice president for administrative affairs and chair of the Department of Health Systems Management. During the early 1990s, Dr. Lerner served as president of Jewish Hospital of St. Louis, Missouri, and as a senior executive officer within the BJC Health System, where he was a key executive behind the merger of Jewish and Barnes hospitals as well as the creation of the BJC Health System.
From 1997 to 2006, Dr. Lerner was president and CEO of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, an organization distinguished by its designation as the best rehabilitation hospital in the United States since 1991 by U.S. News & World Report. In 2006, Dr. Lerner became interim president and CEO of Holy Cross Hospital, an inner-city, faith-based, disproportionate-share hospital in Chicago. In 2007, he assumed the role on a full-time basis and stepped down from that position in 2013.
Dr. Lerner is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and of the Institute of Medicine of Chicago. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois and MHA and DrPH degrees from the University of Michigan. In 2013 he was the recipient of ACHE's Gold Medal Award in the healthcare delivery organization category. The Gold Medal Award is the highest honor bestowed by the American College of Healthcare Executives on outstanding leaders who have made significant contributions to the healthcare profession.