Melrose Park, Ill. – Ruth Matthei has been named Chief Nursing Officer for Westlake Hospital, effective July 10, 2014. Matthei has served in nursing and quality leadership roles at Westlake Hospital for the past eight years, most recently serving as Director of Quality and as Interim Chief Nursing Officer.

“We’re very happy to welcome Ruth permanently into the top nurse leadership role at Westlake,” says Patrick Maloney, Chief Executive Officer, Westlake Hospital and West Suburban Medical Center. “Those who know Ruth know that her compassion and dedication are what make her such a great leader to drive quality nursing care.” 

Matthei brings 30 years of healthcare leadership experience and an in-depth knowledge of regulatory standards, as well as best practices for patient-centered care and nursing quality. She earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Social Work from George Williams College in Downers Grove, and a diploma in nursing from Methodist-Kahler School of Nursing in Rochester, Minn. Licensed as a Registered Nurse and Clinical Social Worker in the State of Illinois, Matthei also received a certificate in Family Therapy from the Philadelphia Child Guidance Center in Philadelphia, Pa.

“I’m very excited to continue working as Chief Nursing Officer with the wonderful team at Westlake Hospital,” says Matthei. “Our work is fully focused on continuing to create an organization that is known for quality care. I feel so privileged to have a wonderful team here that understands that collaboration and communication are key components of our daily work in providing high-quality patient care.”  

Westlake Hospital is a 225-bed hospital located in Melrose Park that is accredited by the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program. The hospital offers a comprehensive array of advanced inpatient, outpatient and surgical services and is an area leader in obstetrics, bariatric services, rehabilitative medicine, gynecology, surgical services, and behavioral health. Westlake Hospital is owned by Tenet Healthcare Corporation, a leading health care services company, which through its subsidiaries operates 77 acute care hospitals, 187 outpatient centers and Conifer Health Solutions, a leader in business process solutions for health care providers serving more than 600 hospital and other clients nationwide.