Whittaker New Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital Board Chairman
Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital February 27, 2007
Three New Members Begin Their Board Service
LAKE FOREST, IL – Forrest R. Whittaker began his three-year term as chairman of the Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital Board of Directors at its Jan. 30 meeting. The Lake Forest resident succeeds Thomas Swarthout, also of Lake Forest, who retires after nine years of board service — the last three as chairman. In addition, three Lake Forest residents begin terms as new board members this year. They are John H. Dick, Anthony K. Kesman and Joanne C. Miller.
Whittaker, who most recently served as the board’s vice chairman, is president and CEO of Lake Forest-based Avalign Technologies Inc., a leading full-service provider of outsourced design, development and manufacturing services to medical device OEM customers.
Previously, he had held executive positions at Teleflex Medical, Tyco Healthcare, Paidos Health Management Services, Inc., Baxter Healthcare Corporation, and American Hospital Supply. Whittaker also serves on the Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association (GLASA) Board of Directors. He is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy with a master’s degree from James Madison University.
Dick currently chairs the board’s Strategic Planning & Marketing Committee, on which he previously had served. He is president of Dicksbridge Inc, a Lake Forest-based private investments firm. The lifelong Lake Forest resident is a past president of Lake Forest Open Lands and also serves on the Rush University Medical Center Board. Dick has a master’s degree from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management and a bachelor’s degree from Nassoon College.
Miller left the hospital board in February 2006 after having served four years in her capacities as vice president and then president of the Board of the Women’s Auxiliary of Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital. She has been a member of the women’s board since 1997. Miller works in the development department at Lake Forest-based Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association.
Kesman, an operating partner at Linden, LLC, a Chicago-based private equity group focused exclusively on the health-care and life science industries, has nearly 30 years of experience in health-care distribution, medical device and provider operations. His other board memberships include the Health & Fitness Centers of Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital, Children’s Memorial Medical Center, Junior Achievement of Chicago and the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. Kesman served as a founding director of Source Medical Corporation, Canada’s largest medical supply distributor. He has a master’s degree in business administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa.
Joining Swarthout in retiring from the Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital Board of Directors this year are Lake Forest residents Maxine Farrell and Christina S. Fisher following tenures of nine and 13 years respectively.