CHICAGO, Ill. — Cotter Consulting, Inc., welcomes seasoned healthcare executive, Robert J. Klasek, in the new position of vice president for its growing healthcare group, which provides program and project management services for capital healthcare projects throughout Illinois and Wisconsin.
Klasek brings more than 30 years of experience in hospital facilities and project, construction and operational management from Northwest Community Healthcare in Arlington Heights, Ill., which owns more than 1.5 million square feet of healthcare space, including a 496-bed hospital and 12 offsite clinics and medical offices. While at NCH, where he served as vice president of facilities, Klasek was responsible for developing more than $800 million of capital projects with a track record of projects coming in under budget with on-time completion.
His in-depth facilities management knowledge—augmented by his experience with regulatory agencies, Certificate of Need management and utilities and infrastructure management—will bolster Cotter’s abilities to service the diverse needs of its healthcare clients at a time when the healthcare industry needs to reduce expenses and employ value-based capital management programs.
As vice president, Klasek will be responsible for strategic planning, business development, staff management and employee development of the healthcare group, which serves clients such as Mercy Hospital, the Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
“With Robert’s experience, Cotter will be able to offer our healthcare clients valuable leadership in planning and executing their capital facility projects,” says Anne Edwards-Cotter, president of Cotter Consulting. “His knowledge of the business drivers of healthcare organizations will enable Robert and his team to execute capital projects that support clients’ master plans and result in established project ROI.”
Klasek is a member of the American Society for Healthcare Engineering and the International Facility Management Association, where he also served as the co-founding chairman of the IFMA Health Care Council.