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Patrick Magoon

2013 Ferguson Lecturer
Patrick M. Magoon
President and Chief Executive Officer
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

October 14, 2013 @ 2pm, University Union Grand Ballroom

Improving Child & Adolescent Health in the Healthcare Reform Era

Patrick M. Magoon came to Children’s Memorial Hospital (now called Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago) as an intern in 1977 while pursuing his master’s degree in urban policy and planning from the University of Illinois. Twenty years later, in 1997, he was named the hospital’s President and Chief Executive Officer. He led the hospital to a $30 million turnaround, increasing the number of children served by nearly 50 percent. Research funding from the National Institutes of Health has more than quadrupled.

In 2005, Mr. Magoon was charged by the Board of Directors with the oversight of a seven-year plan to build a new hospital. Under his leadership, the hospital relocated in 2012 to a new state-of-the-art 288-bed facility on the downtown campus of its academic partner Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. This major milestone in the institution’s 130-year history strategically increased clinical, academic and research opportunities that will lead to better care for children. Designed to improve patient safety, accommodate new technology and deliver care more efficiently, Lurie Children’s was created with the support of over 250,000 donors. Mr. Magoon led the Heroes for Life: Campaign for Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, which raised $675 million, exceeding its goal by $75 million, making it one of the nation’s most successful fundraising campaigns on behalf of children’s health. Since the move to the medical campus, Lurie Children’s has been able to recruit 53 top pediatric specialists. The new facility also more than doubled the hospital’s clinical research capabilities with a new dedicated Clinical Research Unit.

Under Mr. Magoon’s guidance, Lurie Children’s has become one of the nation’s best children’s hospitals, recognized for patient safety by the national Leapfrog Group, ranked among the top 10 children’s hospitals the U.S.News & World Report 2012-13 Honor Roll and listed in the Parents magazine’s 10 Best Children’s Hospitals list for 2013. Lurie Children’s also was named in the Becker’s Healthcare’s 100 Best Places to Work in Healthcare 2013 list. The hospital has held the Magnet Hospital designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center since 2001, when it became the first children’s hospital in the country to receive this prestigious recognition of nursing excellence.

Mr. Magoon has been an advocate in all matters of children’s health. He has taken a major role in both federal and State arenas on issues such as Medicaid reform for medically complex children, graduate medical education, pediatric research and child safety. He is past Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions/National Association of Children’s Hospitals (now called Children’s Hospital Association) and has provided high level of expertise through service on numerous committees. He also is past Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Illinois Hospital Association.

Contact Information

College of Business & Technology
Phone: (309) 298-2442

Robert and Mary Ferguson
Lecture Series

The series was developed through the generosity of the late Dr. Robert Ferguson and his wife, Mary. Dr. Ferguson passed away in December of 1991. His 40-years of commitment to Western Illinois University and the College of Business and Technology live on through the Robert and Mary Ferguson Lecture Series. Dr. Robert Ferguson received his bachelor’s degree in business education from Western in 1943. After serving in the United State Army from 1944-46, Bob returned to Western and completed his master of science degree in 1948. He later taught for two years at Brooklyn College while completing his doctorate at New York University and returned to WIU where he retired in 1986. Bob held faculty ranks from instructor to professor and was business education chair for 20 years. He played a key role in guiding the Department of Business Education through many changes that led to his longtime goal of the establishment of the College of Business in 1966. He served as interim dean of the College of Business prior to the appointment of the late Howard C. Nudd as dean. Throughout his teaching career, Dr. Ferguson firmly believed that our students benefit from the depth and breadth of experience, especially by seeing and hearing from key business leaders who are illustrations of success.

Past Speakers, 2000 - 2012

  • 2012: Ray LaHood, U.S. Secretary of Transportation
    Investing in an America Built to Last
  • 2009: Richard Longworth, Author
    Caught in the Middle: America’s Heartland in the Age of Globalization
  • 2005: Troy Rice, Division President Northern - The Home Depot
  • 2003: Glen Barton, Chairman and CEO - Caterpillar, Inc.
  • 2002: Lawrence Gill, Attorney/Certified Public Accountant - Schiff Hardin & Waite
  • 2001: Mary Lou Quinlan, Founder - Just Ask A Woman
  • 2000: Richard E. Rominger, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture - United States Department of Agriculture

Past Speakers, 1990 - 1999

  • 1999: Michael J. Litwin, Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer - Heller Financial, Inc.
  • 1998: Edward J. McManus, Chief Operating Officer of Procurement and Logistics - American Stores Company
  • 1997: Robert L. Nardelli, President and Chief Executive Officer - GE Power Systems
  • 1996: Emma Chappell, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer - The United Bank of Philadelphia
  • 1995: Joe Cowans, Information Consultant - TCI
  • 1995: Lynn Martin, Labor Secretary - Bush Administration
  • 1994: William Weiss, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer - Ameritech
  • 1993: John W. Bachmann, Managing Principal - Edward Jones & Company
  • 1992: Howard Putnam, Chief Executive Officer - Southwest Airlines
  • 1991: William Alexander Hewitt, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer - Deere and Company
  • 1990: James C. Miller III, Director of Budget and Cabinet Member - Reagan Administration