Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation's Katie Koenig Named to Crain's Chicago List of 40 Under 40

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Katie Koenig has been named as one of 40 under 40 exemplary business leaders in Chicago by Crain's Chicago Business. Koenig leads the Board of Directors of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Board Chair Katie Koenig

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Board Chair Katie Koenig

Katie brings not only healthcare and business acumen, but also the valuable perspective of someone who lost a loved one to sudden cardiac arrest.

Katie Koenig, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, has been named to the 2016 "40 under 40" list by Crain's Chicago Business for her outstanding business and civic leadership. Koenig was nominated for this honor by colleagues at the University of Chicago Medicine and the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, among others.

Koenig’s dedication to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation's mission is personal: Her father suffered sudden cardiac arrest on the tennis court at his athletic club in 2012. While there was a defibrillator on the premises, no one there knew how to operate it. Stuart Koenig's life was lost too soon, at the young age of 65.

After losing her father, Koenig initiated a relationship with the Foundation that quickly evolved into an invitation to join its Board of Directors. Knowing well that stories like that of Koenig’s father are all too common, the Foundation focuses on educating the public on life-saving tips that can make the difference between life and death for victims of sudden cardiac arrest.

"With her healthcare and business acumen, Katie quickly became an inspiration to fellow board members and staff by offering keen insights and expanding development efforts," said Mary Newman, Foundation president. "In addition to her personal financial contributions and outreach, she brings the valuable perspective of someone who lost a loved one to sudden cardiac arrest."

Crain's writes: "New to Chicago in 2012, Katie Koenig interviewed with executives at University of Chicago Medical Center for a job that didn’t exist. “They liked my consulting and strategy background but didn’t know where to plug me in. I said, ‘Give me a shot. If you’re happy with my work, let me stay on.’ ” The New Jersey native and Boston Consulting Group veteran created an in-house consulting arm, which grew to a team of 15.

Koenig was later credited as the architect of the medical center’s $270 million plan, which includes an adult trauma center and an expanded adult emergency room, an enhanced cancer institute, and nearly 200 new patient beds.

“Katie’s analysis and guidance and her strategic insight helped direct the investment we wanted to make in our community,” says Sharon O’Keefe, president of U of C’s Medical Center in an interview with Crains. “She’s good at the granular and the big picture.”

This fall, Koenig was recruited to draft another growth plan, this time for ATI Physical Therapy in Bolingbrook. The booming private company has 646 clinics in 25 states coast to coast and, in the past year, has seen a 45 percent growth in daily visits.

When she’s not working, Koenig is a distance cyclist and aspiring photographer whose destinations include Chile, Bolivia, Antarctica and Alaska. “I don’t do ‘staycations," she told Crains.

To support Katie's work to raise awareness about sudden cardiac arrest and help save lives, click here.

About the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation
The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation is a national community benefit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to raising awareness about sudden cardiac arrest and saving lives. Programs include the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Network, an online community that provides peer support and opportunities for survivors and family members to participate in awareness, advocacy, and research initiatives.

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