Prominent Healthcare Executive Joins Integrated Project Management Company

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Integrated Project Management Company, Inc. (IPM), a management consulting firm with a focus on project management, today announced that Carol Schneider has joined its team as Healthcare Executive Consultant. Most recently, Ms. Schneider was president and CEO of Timberline Knolls, a residential treatment center in Lemont, Illinois. Previously, she served for ten years as president of Advocate Health Care's Christ Medical Center and Hope Children's Hospital in Oak Lawn, Illinois.

Hospitals and other medical institutions need to operate at maximum efficiency to survive financially

    "Carol brings extensive healthcare industry experience to IPM, including an in-depth understanding of the marketplace and a proven track record not only of business success, but of dedication to quality," said IPM's president and CEO, C. Richard Panico. "She will play a key role in accelerating the growth of IPM's healthcare business, as the company continues its upward trajectory." Last year, Inc. magazine named IPM one of the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies nationwide, with more than 60 percent revenue growth over three years. The firm helps companies become more efficient and effective, of particular importance in the fiercely competitive healthcare market.

"Hospitals and other medical institutions need to operate at maximum efficiency to survive financially," said Ms. Schneider, "but also to provide the best quality care, which is the true bottom line. That means looking closely at processes--to maximize operational outcomes and to provide patient satisfaction."

During her two years at Timberline Knolls, where women and girls receive treatment for eating disorders, substance abuse and other self-harming behaviors, Ms. Schneider developed a national referral network; achieved JCAHO accreditation; doubled the capacity of the institution; and quadrupled the number of patients served; while driving a culture of compassion and evidence-based quality.

At Christ Medical Center, a world-class teaching and research institution, Ms. Schneider generated a number-one market share for all key service lines. She helped plan, develop and open the institution's Hope Children's Hospital, the first children's hospital built in Chicago in over 30 years. After Ms. Schneider recruited a nationally recognized cardiac team, the hospital led the state in volume of surgeries, and Healthgrades ranked Christ Medical Center's adult and pediatric cardiovascular programs number one in Illinois, citing excellent outcomes, state-of-the-art robotic technology and leading research. During her tenure, the institution achieved the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence from Healthgrades for two consecutive years and Magnet Nursing designation.

Ms. Schneider also serves as co-coordinator and professor of the Health Care Leadership Program at Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois. She has received numerous honors, including the Grant-Thornton Executive Woman of the Year Award and the Anti-Defamation League Health Care Leadership Award.

About IPM

Founded in 1988, Integrated Project Management Company provides management consulting and project management services to organizations ranging from start-up ventures to Fortune-100 companies. Working side by side with client teams from planning through project completion, IPM helps companies increase their efficiency and effectiveness. In the patient setting, IPM can ensure on-budget capital projects, improve processes to increase throughput and reduce costs, and help merging organizations integrate smoothly. In 2005, the company was awarded the Better Business Bureaus' top ethics award, the International Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics. IPM is headquartered in Chicago, with offices in Boston, San Francisco and St. Louis. For more information, visit http://www.ipmcinc.com.

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