Pamela Dunley named Elmhurst Hospital CEO

November 21, 2016
Pamela Dunley Pamela Dunley, MBA, MS, RN, CENP, has been appointed President & CEO of Elmhurst Hospital effective Jan. 1, 2017. Dunley replaces Mary Lou Mastro, MS, RN, FACHE, who will become System CEO of Edward-Elmhurst Health effective July 1, 2017. Mastro is replacing Pam Davis, who has announced her retirement effective June 30, 2017. Mastro and Davis will serve as System Co-CEOs from Jan. 1 to June 30.

Dunley has served in a variety of administrative roles at Elmhurst Hospital since 1997. For the past ten years, she has functioned as both the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nursing Officer. She was a member of the executive leadership team that planned and built the state-of-the-art replacement hospital which opened in 2011. She has been instrumental in many Elmhurst Hospital accomplishments, including the achievement of becoming a Planetree Designated Organization and Magnet Status for Nursing Excellence. 

“Pamela has driven the organization to focus on safety and the customer experience, and is largely responsible for Elmhurst Hospital’s status as one of the safest hospitals in the U.S., consistently receiving an “A” rating from the Leapfrog Group and rated among the top 5 percent of hospitals nationally for patient safety,” says Mastro. “She is a passionate advocate for patient care and an outstanding, dynamic leader with strong skills in visioning, strategic planning, financial management and operations.”

Dunley is a Registered Nurse with a Masters in Nursing from Rush University and a Masters in Healthcare Administration from Dominican University.

Along with Dunley’s appointment, two other executives have been promoted at Elmhurst Hospital effective Jan. 1: Laura Eslick, MBA, PMP, FACHE to Chief Operating Officer, and Jean Lydon, RN, MS-MBA, AOCN, to Chief Nursing Officer.

Eslick has been with Elmhurst for more than 19 years, most recently as Associate Vice President of Operations. She’s been involved in hospital operations most of her career, with the last seven years focused on the cardiovascular, orthopedics, neurosciences and emergency service lines, as well as laboratory, radiology, rehabilitation, occupational and employee health services.

Eslick has a bachelor’s degree in international business and an MBA from Loyola University. She has project management certification (PMP), is a certified Lean Facilitator and fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Lydon has been with Elmhurst Hospital since 2002, most recently the Associate Vice President of Clinical Operations. She has been responsible for medical surgical inpatient units, progressive critical care, oncology inpatient and outpatient services, the Family Birthing Center, nursing support services and hospitality services.

Lydon has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Northern Illinois University, Master of Science in Oncology Nursing from Rush University and an MBA from St. Xavier University.