St. Luke’s Chief Financial Officer Eric Lohn and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Nick Van Deelen have been named co-presidents/chief executive officers of St. Luke’s by the board of directors.
Lohn and Van Deelen began as co-presidents and CEOs on an interim basis in early December 2020 when former President and CEO Kevin Nokels stepped down after 15 months in the role. Both men will continue to serve their roles as CFO and CMO in addition to their newly permanent roles.
Lohn has been CFO at St. Luke's for eight years and has almost 30 years of health care experience.
“This will be a true partnership in leading the organization," Lohn said in a release from St. Luke's. "I feel fortunate to work with such a patient-centered leader in Van Deelen, along with all of my colleagues throughout our entire healthcare system.”
Van Deelen has been with St. Luke's for 24 years, serving as CMO for the past year. Before that, he was medical director of the Emergency Department and an emergency medicine physician.
“I value the board’s trust in us and look forward to working with Eric and the great employees across our organization to continue living our mission of putting the patient above all else, as we grow our culture, services, quality and safety,” Van Deelen said in the release.
Brian Murphy, former chair of the board, said both men have served in their respective leadership roles admirably through the pandemic.
“Lohn provided incredible financial leadership through the economic challenges presented by the pandemic," Murphy said. "Van Deelen was just stepping into his role as CMO when the pandemic hit, and has filled the role as incident commander admirably. Through that, he has also become the face of St. Luke’s, representing the organization and how it is handling this public health crisis with calm, empathy, experience and expertise.”
Herb Minke, current chair of St. Luke's board of directors, said Lohn and Van Deelen are approachable, collaborative leaders who have led St. Luke's through the pandemic response while welcoming insights, questions and feedback from others.
“Beyond proving this dual leadership model is excellent for St. Luke’s, they have also proven they are the right people to fill these roles,” Minke said. “We have great confidence in them and their vision for St. Luke’s as we focus on innovating how we care for patients and grow.”