Leadership

Northwestern Memorial HealthCare is the corporate parent of Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern Medical Group (formerly Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation), Northwestern Memorial Foundation and Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital.  Certain functions will be consolidated at the corporate level creating consistency across the health system.

Dean M. Harrison

President and Chief Executive Officer, Northwestern Memorial HealthCare

Dean M. Harrison President and Chief Executive Officer

Dean M. Harrison is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare, the primary teaching affiliate of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.  Since joining Northwestern Memorial HealthCare in 1998, Mr. Harrison has been instrumental to the creation and success of Northwestern Medicine, now an integrated academic health system anchored by Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern Medical Group.  Northwestern Medicine comprises 10 hospitals, over 100 ambulatory and diagnostic sites, and more than 4,400 physicians. 

Mr. Harrison serves on the boards of directors of the Center for Medical Interoperability, Economic Club of Chicago, Executives’ Club of Chicago, Illinois Hospital Association, Navy Pier Board of Directors, Northern Trust, Northwestern University and World Business Chicago.  He is a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago, its Civic Committee and the Institute of Medicine of Chicago.

Mr. Harrison has been honored by B’nai B’rith International with the National Healthcare Award in 2008, the 2010 CEO Leadership Circle of Excellence Award for Diversity by the U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency and Chicago Minority Enterprise Development Council and the March of Dimes Healthcare Management Award in 2015.

Mr. Harrison earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Indiana University and a Master of Business Administration from St. Francis College.

John A. Orsini

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Northwestern Memorial HealthCare

John A. Orsini Senior Vice President and Chief Financial OfficerMr. Orsini, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare (NMHC), has proven expertise in the strategic financial management of multi-hospital health systems and brings with him more than 30 years of health care finance experience.  Previously, John was the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Cadence Health and upon completion of the merger, became the SVP and CFO for NMHC.

Prior to joining Cadence Health, John was the CFO of Presence Health, a 12-hospital system created by the merger of Resurrection Health Care and Provena Health.  During his tenure there, John made significant contributions to the financial strength of the organization, including the detailed financial work around the merger of the two health care systems. 

Prior to joining Presence Health, John held the position of Corporate Vice President, Finance, and Treasurer for Scripps Health, a four-hospital non-profit health system in San Diego.  He also served in a series of financial leadership roles with Dignity Health (formerly Catholic Healthcare West), a non-profit health system consisting of 40 full-service hospitals in California, Arizona and Nevada.

John earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Arizona State University, Phoenix, and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant.  He began his career in auditing for the Arizona Department of Health Services in 1985.