St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, a Tenet Healthcare hospital, announced the appointment of J. Mark McLoone, FACHE, as the hospital’s new CEO. McLoone joined St. Christopher’s effective June 8.
McLoone was born in North Philadelphia and comes to St. Christopher’s with more than 30 years of healthcare management experience, most of which has been in children’s hospitals, according to a news release. After graduating from LaSalle University with a bachelor of arts in biology, he began his career in healthcare management at Mercy Hospital in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
McLoone returned to Philadelphia and obtained his MBA degree from St. Joseph’s University while working for the Albert Einstein Medical Center. According to the release, his leadership experience in pediatrics began during his tenure as vice president at Einstein. The pediatric department was a part of his responsibilities.
McLoone was the COO for the duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., for many years as that organization was transformed from a children’s orthopedic hospital to a full-service academic children’s hospital and regional referral center. He has served as the CEO of the Children’s Hospital at OUMC (the University of Oklahoma’s pediatric teaching hospital) where he was simultaneously a COO of the roughly 800-bed, three-hospital campus.
McLoone’s most recent children’s hospital leadership position was with the Methodist Children’s Hospital in San Antonio, where he served as CEO for eight years. During his tenure, MCH and McLoone were recognized with two Studer awards for excellence in patient satisfaction, achieving and sustaining top decile performance based on independent survey data, according to the release.
“I am delighted to join such a remarkable and clinically excellent organization,” McLoone said in the release. “St. Christopher’s mission is consistent with my own personal philosophy and the medical and hospital staff’s devotion to the community is palpable and was part of what drew me to this opportunity. Achievements such as recognition by the Leapfrog Group, Magnet status for the hospital, and others are a clear indication of the highest level of skills and services St. Christopher’s brings to those whom we serve and I look forward to working with our physicians and all the other extraordinary professionals here to build upon these achievements.”
“This is an exciting time for a new leader at St. Christopher’s with the recently opened Center for the Urban Child and construction of a new critical care tower,” Erik Wexler, CEO, Tenet Northeast Region, said in the release. “With Mark’s experience as a pediatric hospital leader, we’re confident that he will not only further improve our excellent performance at St. Christopher’s, but will help the hospital maintain its commitment to meeting the needs of communities in the greater Philadelphia area with clinically excellent, family-centered care in a healing and comfortable environment.”
McLoone has been a member of several healthcare committees and boards, and participates in the American Hospital Association President’s Council for Children’s Hospital Executives. He is a board-certified healthcare executive. McLoone has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the 2013 Studer Group Evidenced Based Leadership Healthcare Organization of the Month award, the Distinguished Service Award from American College of Healthcare Executives in 2012, and the Healthcare Executives Service Award from ACHE in 2009. He is two-time recipient of the ACHE’s Regent Award for the most innovative program, according to the release.