Read biographies of feature guests for the 2017 Healthcare Networking Forum tomorrow

Read biographies of feature guests for the 2017 Healthcare Networking Forum being held tomorrow September 27 at Fulton Market Company in Chicago's trendy West Loop neighborhood!


Leticia Madrigal, Psychologist, Madrigal Consulting/ÁmateAhora

Leticia Madrigal creates a culture for leaders causing community health leadership, guiding families to come to terms with the state of our health through education, awareness of the importance of family health history. Mobilizing communities and the workforce to advocate for health, and exercise internationally.

Ámate Ahora means Love Yourself Now. Was founded 2012 as a NFP months after her father’s untimely death. Its mission is to educate, mobilize, and exercise. Producing annual health expos in the United States and the Dominican Republic, leading health challenges and fitness programs. She is an Industrial/Organizational Psychologist from
Roosevelt University specialized in Wellness and Leadership. Certified Behavioral/Lifestyle Coach and Group Exercise Trainer by SCW the largest producer of fitness instructor training nationwide.

As a WomenHeart Spokeswoman for the National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease. She represents 47M women that live with or at risk of Heart Disease. She was diagnosed 2014, with valvular disease. She led the 2016 National Heart Disease Campaign, “I’m Fighting and Winning Heart Disease” included in 576 Burlington Stores
in 47 States & Puerto Rico. Addressed 26,000 of their associates standing for a Healthy Heart Workforce.

2017 Awarded a Philanthropy Award in the Dominican Republic by Agriculturalist Diogenes Langumas and State Legislator Antonia Suriel Mata. Is author in the book series, “Today's Inspired Latina Vol. III” and 2016 honored by receiving the Sor Juan Women of Achievement by The National Museum of Mexican Art, for Health and Community Activism Is a TEDx Speaker “From Tragedy to Power & Peace”. 2015 Finalist for Nueva Latina Estrella Award: Midwest Health Leader.


Susana Gonzalez, Associate Dean, Academic Operations, Chamberlain College of Nursing

Susana González is the Associate Dean of Academic Operations at Chamberlain University, College of Nursing-Chicago Campus. In this role she is responsible for developing and leading the central operations of the campus that support Academics, Simulation Learning Center, the Center for Academic Success, Clinical Coordination and Clinical partner site development and placement. She leads and provides pivotal leadership to ensure all campus departments collaborate and support positive student outcomes.

Throughout her career Susana, has role modeled true servant leadership and served on numerous committees and board of directors of key organizations on a local, State and National level. She continues to be at the forefront on health care issues for women, infants, children, and the nursing profession. She is active on several advisory committees for elected officials in the State of Illinois and she is an exemplar advocate for public policy changes especially with the profession of nursing and higher education. She is an exemplar role model and mentor to aspiring nurses who seek that healthcare career. Nursing students and new graduates face a challenge entering the field of nursing. She helps guide and support the novice nurse with time management skills and helping them find ways to deal with the stresses inherent within the profession. She takes it as an opportunity to truly make a difference in the mind and skill set within the nursing profession.

Susana volunteers on several board of directors; such as the March of Dimes-Chicago, the Chicago Bilingual Nurse Consortium, and is an active member of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses-Illinois as the Immediate-Past President and serves as a National board member where she Co-Chairs the National Policy and Advocacy Committee. She is an active member of Illinois HealthCare Action Coalition and the American Nurses Association-Illinois. In addition serves as a member of the Illinois Organization of Nurse leaders and Co-Chairs Policy & Advocacy Committee.

Susana has received numerous nominations, recognitions, and awards for her compassionate volunteer work. To highlight a few: The regional Volunteerism and Service Award from Nursing Spectrum, Mujeres Latinas en Acción- Community Service Award, Illinois Maternal Child Health Coalition; Loretta Lacey Award, MacNeal Nursing Excellence Community Service Award, ASPIRA Excellence in Health Award, March of Dimes Outstanding Nurse of the year award, Windy City Woman of Color- Educator and Advocate Award, Chicago Latino in Philanthropy Award, and Infant Welfare Society Nursing Director of the year. She has been profiled on WLS-TV Channel 7 during Hispanic Heritage Month. Most recently she received the annual National Association of Hispanic Nurses -Community Service Award and the March of Dimes-Jonas Salk, Nurse of the Year for her commitment to service.

Susana is well prepared educationally with dual Master degrees MSN and MHA. Susana has led a professional and personal commitment to serve and improve the quality of life for all she encounters. She is a life role model for nursing education and community servant leadership. On a personal note: She lives by the philosophy that if there is something she can do for you now, then let it be so. For, we may not walk this path again.

José R. Sánchez, President/CEO, Norwegian American Hospital

José R. Sánchez, President and Chief Executive Officer of Norwegian American Hospital, is Chicago’s only Latino hospital CEO. He is a senior health care executive with 30 years’ experience in the operational, strategic and fiscal management of healthcare and multi-hospital systems. He began his career as a clinical social worker before advancing through the ranks of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC), the largest public health system it the nation, ultimately serving as Senior Vice President and Chief Executive of the Generations+/Northern Manhattan Health Network, comprised of three acute care hospitals, three diagnostic and treatment centers, and 20 community based health centers in Manhattan and the Bronx.

Since his arrival in Chicago, Norwegian American Hospital has had one of the most successful safety net hospital turnarounds in the country and has received national recognition in the areas of finance, information technology, innovation, and quality improvement.

Sánchez has been a licensed social worker since 1979. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the City College of New York and a Master of Social Work from Adelphi University.

Christina Urbina, Director of Operations & Women’s Health, Erie Family Health Center

Christina Urbina is the Director of Operations at Erie Family Health Center Helping Hands in Albany Park and Women’s Health. Erie Family Health Center is a Federally Qualified Health Center consisting of eight (8) free standing centers and five (5) school-based health centers. In this role she is responsible for the operational management of health center operations to provide access and great quality care to all patients in need, the development of systems and programs that cultivate Erie’s collaborative care team model to educate and empower our patient population which improve community health outcomes. Simultaneously, she is responsible for maximizing women’s health access in our outpatient setting by developing, implementing and management of initiatives for prenatal care services at Erie. She is a mission driven and patient-centered leader that enjoys advocating for patients and promoting professional growth of healthcare professionals to become value add members of patient care teams.

She is originally from Michigan and has resided in Chicago for the last 20 years living and serving in various Chicagoland neighborhoods. She attended the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor where she graduated with Bachelors degree in Sociology specializing in Health, Aging & Population, Social Welfare, Social Inequality and International Social Change. She holds an MBA, Health Care Administration from Concordia University in River Forest, Illinois where she graduated with honors. During her MBA program, Christina Urbina completed an internship at Rush Hospital, Oak Park as a Quality Management Specialist focusing on process improvement initiatives to improve patient care and staff performance based on patient safety data outcomes.

Christina’s passion for continued personal growth and professional development of others is demonstrated through her involvement in The Chicago Safety Net Learning Collaborative consisting of 16 other community healthcare organizations. Including her volunteer involvement of sitting on the Alumnae Board of Mujeres De HACE; a professional development board that offers a structured development course for mid-management to executive level Latinas wanting to make a positive impact in their personal and professional lives.

As a business leader in the healthcare industry she follows the model of servant leadership to build highly talented teams and develop great morale to improve patient care, patient satisfaction and employee satisfaction. I am looking forward to meeting those interested in joining us provide quality healthcare to all in need.

James S. Williams Jr., Director of Diversity, Inclusion & Equity, U of Chicago Medicine

James Williams Jr. joined the University of Chicago Medicine (UCM) in 1988 as part of the finance team serving in patient accounts, transplant, and admission services before joining supply chain and helping to start the Business Diversity Office. In 2013, James was tapped to launch the Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Department for the Medical Center. In this role, he is responsible for leading the execution of the first enterprise-wide Diversity and Inclusion strategy focused on transforming UCM to a more diverse, inclusive, and culturally competent organization delivering high-quality, equitable care to all patient populations. The department’s most recent work focuses on integrating equity into the operational frameworks of quality, patient experience, human resources and lean management.

James shares this work with national audiences and is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. James is a graduate of DePaul University where he focused on Leadership and Strategic Change Management.

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