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Executive Sponsors

Delos M. Cosgrove, MD

Delos M. Cosgrove MD, is Chief Executive Officer and President of Cleveland Clinic.

As CEO, Dr. Cosgrove presides over a $6 billion healthcare system comprised of Cleveland Clinic, eight regional hospitals, 16 family health and ambulatory surgery centers, Cleveland Clinic Florida, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Nevada, Cleveland Clinic Toronto, and Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. His leadership has emphasized patient care and patient experience, including the re-organization of clinical services into patient-centered, organ and disease-based institutes. He launched major wellness initiatives for patients, employees and communities. Under his leadership, Cleveland Clinic has consistently been named among America’s top four hospitals (U.S.News & World Report) and one of only two hospitals named among “America’s 99 Most Ethical Companies” (Ethisphere Institute).

Dr. Cosgrove received his medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville and completed his clinical training at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital, and Brook General Hospital in London. His undergraduate work was at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

He was a surgeon in the U.S. Air Force and served in Da Nang, Republic of Vietnam as the Chief of U.S. Air Force Casualty Staging Flight. He was awarded the Bronze Star and the Republic of Vietnam Commendation Medal.

Joining Cleveland Clinic in 1975, Dr. Cosgrove was named chairman of the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery in 1989. Under his leadership, Cleveland Clinic’s heart program has ranked number one in America for nineteen years in a row (U.S. News & World Report).

He has published nearly 450 journal articles, book chapters, one book and 17 training and continuing medical education films. He performed more than 22,000 operations and earned an international reputation for expertise in all areas of cardiac surgery, especially valve repair. As an innovator, Dr. Cosgrove has 30 patents filed for developing medical and clinical products used in surgical environments.

Dr. Cosgrove is a sought-after speaker worldwide. He has addressed the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting at Davos, Switzerland, and the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, in Washington, D.C. He is regularly quoted and featured in national magazines and newspapers, including a cover story in Time, and major articles in Newsweek, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. He has appeared on CNN, Fox, MSNBC, NBC, CBS, “The Charlie Rose Show” on PBS, and other national media outlets.

The recipient of Cleveland Clinic’s Master Clinician Award, Innovator of the Year Award and Lerner Humanitarian Award, Dr. Cosgrove is also a member of Cleveland Medical Hall of Fame and Cleveland Business Hall of Fame. In 2007 he was named Cleveland Business Executive of the Year by the Sales and Marketing Executives of Cleveland, and Castle Connolly’s National Physician of the Year. He also received the Woodrow Wilson Center Award for Public Service as well as Harvard Business School’s Award from HBS Alumni, Cleveland, and the Humanitarian Award of the Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio. Dr. Cosgrove topped Inside Business’s “Power 100” listing for Northeast Ohio, and is highly ranked among Modern Healthcare’s “100 most powerful people in healthcare” and “most powerful physician executives.”

William M. Peacock, III – Bill
Bill Peacock

William M. Peacock, III – Bill

Bill Peacock is the Chief of Operations for Cleveland Clinic's overall operations and medical delivery system. Bill oversees all of Cleveland Clinic's facilities and services. Prior to this position Bill was the Executive Director for Operational Support Services (OSS). He led many construction efforts throughout Cleveland Clinic, including the Miller Family Pavilion and Glickman Tower projects. Bill joined Cleveland Clinic in 2005 as Executive Director for OSS.  OSS consists of more than 2,000 people who maintain the quality of Cleveland Clinic's infrastructure, through teams that support the enterprise, including the areas of Supply Chain, Protective Services, Clinical Engineering and more.

Bill has more than 26 years in construction, facilities, and real estate experience. He joined the Clinic after retiring as a Captain in the Civil Engineer Corps of the United States Navy. His last Navy assignment was Commanding Officer, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Far East, where he was responsible for nine Navy and Marine Corps installations spread across the Pacific rim in locations including Japan, Korea, and the island of Diego Garcia. Bill served in a variety of domestic and international construction contracting and public works assignments and also was commander of a battalion of Navy Seabees.

Bill holds a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from the United States Naval Academy and a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University. He completed the Advanced Executive Program at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Indiana.

Program Director & Mentors

Gina M. Cronin

Gina M. Cronin is the program director for the Administrative Fellowship Program at Cleveland Clinic. Gina was recently appointed Executive Director of Cleveland Clinic Learning Academy. In this new role, Cronin will lead the enterprise learning and development function and be responsible for the coordination, implementation and evaluation of leadership development strategies, initiatives and programs to develop enterprise leadership capability.

Prior to this, Gina was the Co-Administrator of the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic, which is rated the number one heart center in the country by U.S. News & World Report. Her responsibilities included overall strategic, financial and operational areas for the Heart and Vascular Institute. The Institute relocated in September of 2008 to the newly constructed Miller Family Pavilion featuring 278 hospital rooms, 16 operating rooms, 110 intensive care beds and 155 physician offices.

Gina is an alumnus of the Cleveland Clinic Administrative Fellowship and completed her M.H.A. at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and B.S. from the University of Michigan. Upon completion of the Cleveland Clinic Administrative Fellowship, Gina assumed a position with the Chief Operating Officer in the formation and growth of the Cleveland Clinic Health System and also served as the Administrator for Obstetrics and Gynecology. Gina greatly looks forward to working with administrative fellows in the early career stages and providing guidance and mentorship during the exciting fellowship experience at Cleveland Clinic.

Nehemiah Smith
nehemiah smith

Nehemiah Smith is the Assistant Program Director for the Administrative Fellowship Program at Cleveland Clinic. Nehemiah is also the Administrator for the Department of General Surgery within the Digestive Disease and Surgery Institute. Nehemiah oversees the strategic, financial, and operating performance of the seventy physician department that spans seven Cleveland Clinic hospitals and sixteen outpatient locations. Nehemiah was an Administrative Fellow from 2010 to 2011.

After completing his fellowship he spent two years as the Administrator for Critical Care within the Anesthesiology Institute. Nehemiah received his Master of Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan in 2010. Prior to receiving his master’s degree, Nehemiah graduated from Cornell University with a focus in Biology and Health Policy. Since his time as a fellow Nehemiah has been integrally involved in the programs continued growth and is passionate about developing future leaders at Cleveland Clinic.

Andrea Kanter Jacobs, JD
Andrea Kanter Jacobs

Andrea Kanter Jacobs, JD, is one of the mentors for Cleveland Clinic's Administrative Fellowship. She is an Executive Director in the Cleveland Clinic Division of Operations, working closely with Bill Peacock, our Chief of Operations. Her responsibilities span the enterprise and include finance, regional infrastructure and administration, project management and supplier diversity. She is a 12-year veteran of Cleveland Clinic, and has worked in different aspects of the enterprise during those years.

Prior to her appointment in Operations, she served as Chief Operating Officer at South Pointe Hospital and former to that, as Executive Director of Administration for our Community Hospitals. She also served as Administrator for the Medicine Institute and as Administrator of Beachwood Family Health & Surgery Center. She has led projects related to strategy, policy, and system integration and change initiatives for the health system. She has experience with operations, budgets and implementation strategies related to the business functions and patient care activities across the main campus and in 22 outpatient settings in northeast Ohio.

Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic, Andi served as the Vice President of Administration and Planning for Montefiore, a not-for-profit health-care organization for seniors. Andi’s responsibilities included the planning department, marketing and public relations department, managed care contracting, volunteer department, development of an Assisted Living community, and office management. Prior to entering healthcare administration in 1991, Andi practiced law for 11+ years, specializing in municipal law. Andi graduated summa cum laude from Tufts University with a bachelor of arts in economics. She has a Juris Doctor degree from Boston University School of Law.

Linda McHugh
Linda McHugh

Linda has been the Executive Administrator for the Cleveland Clinic and the Office of the CEO 2005. In addition, she serves as the Assistant Secretary for the Board of Trustees and Directors. In this capacity she serves on over 20 Institution wide committees.

In her position as Executive Administrator, Linda has been the driving force behind the development and implementation of several innovative programs across the enterprise including; The Art & Medicine Program, The Office for a Healthy Environment and a centralized Contact Center. She is actively involved in the development and implementation of the strategic priorities of the enterprise.

Prior to her position with the CEO office Linda helped to manage and nationally expand the Cardiac Surgery affiliate program model. This model provided a method to leverage the reputation and clinical expertise of the Heart and Vascular Institute and developed the nationally recognized program into a new business venture that provided management income with minimal associated incremental cost. This model also served to broaden the reach of the Heart Program brand.

Linda started her career at the Cleveland Clinic as a Medical Technologist in microbiology. She later held several administrative positions of increasing responsibility in several specialties and was involved in the recruitment and integration of physician practices in the region through the Division of Surgery.

Linda holds a Master of Business Administration degree from The Weatherhead School of Management at CWRU and a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology from Bowling Green State University.

Robert P. Stall
Major General Robert P. Stall

Rob Stall is the Executive Director of Cleveland Clinic International Operations. Cleveland Clinic International Operations organization facilitates global relationships that leverage the Enterprise’s intellectual capital to drive superior clinical outcomes, enhance the patient experience, and improve the quality of life. This is accomplished through the creation of patient referral streams, and the development of new business opportunities between the Cleveland Clinic and other international healthcare systems and organizations.

Prior to that appointment, Rob served as Chief of Operations of the eight Cleveland Clinic Regional Hospitals. He has served as Interim President of South Pointe Hospital, as President of Medina Hospital for two years and President of Euclid Hospital for two years. He has been with the Cleveland Clinic for 29 years. Rob has spent 13 years as the Division Administrator for the Regional Medical Practice, responsible for building and maintaining 14 family health centers throughout Northeast Ohio and in Toronto, Canada. He has been an Administrator for Neurosurgery, OB/GYN and the Finance Manager for the Division of Surgery.

Rob has a Master’s degree in Business in Quantitative Business Analysis from Cleveland State University and a Master’s in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. He received his undergraduate degree from John Carroll University in University Heights. He is a Fellow of the American College of Medical Practice Executives. He participates in the Boy Scouts of America - Cleveland Chapter, and is a Board of Directors member of MedWish International and Center for Health Affairs.

Rob and his wife Nancy have five children and two grandchildren.