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Health Quest Names Luke McGuinness Its New CEO

Luke McGuinness was named Thursday as the new president and Chief Executive Officer of Health Quest.
Luke McGuinness was named Thursday as the new president and Chief Executive Officer of Health Quest. Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. – Health Quest announced Thursday that the Board of Trustees of Health Quest has appointed Luke McGuinness as its president and chief executive officer.

McGuinness will join Health Quest effective immediately as he transitions from his Chicago area home and will begin working full time at Health Quest on Jan. 1. McGuinness has over 35 years experience as a health system CEO. Most recently, he was the president and CEO of Cadence Health, a two hospital system in Winfield, Ill., a west Chicago suburb.

Prior to Cadence Health, Mr. McGuinness was the President and CEO of Central DuPage Health, a 313-bed hospital. Under his leadership, the hospital received numerous accreditations and was recognized as one of America’s leading hospitals from Thomson Reuters Top 100 Hospitals.

Patient, physician and employee satisfaction scores were consistently in the top decile while he was there. During Mr. McGuinness’ tenure, over $1 billion in facility projects were conceived, gestated and delivered at Central DuPage and he led the merger of Delnor Hospital into Cadence Health, creating a system serving 1.1 million people and over $1.1 billion in revenue. “Luke comes to Health Quest with a strong background and has over 35 years of experience as a CEO of comprehensive health networks,” said Robert Dyson, Chairman, Health Quest Board of Trustees. “After an extensive search, we are very excited to have Luke join the Health Quest team and lead the organization.” Prior to serving as CEO at Central DuPage, he served as Senior Vice President of Development at Vanguard Health Systems headquartered in Nashville, Tenn. Before joining Vanguard, he led MacNeal Health Network in Berwyn, Ill. as President and CEO for 21 years. McGuinness received his bachelor’s degree from University of Notre Dame and his master’s degree from George Washington University. McGuinness will be relocating to the Hudson Valley with his wife, Gail.

Health Quest's family includes three awarding-winning hospitals — Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck, Putnam Hospital Center in Carmel and Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie — plus 10 primary care Health Quest Medical Practice (HQMP) locations, several HQMP specialty locations and two Health Quest Urgent Care locations for walk-in urgent care.

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