IVCH has New Chief Nursing Officer

Robert Fortney is the new chief nursing officer at Illinois Valley Community Hospital.

The new CNO came to IVCH from Arlington Heights, where he had been a vice president and service line executive for Northwest Community Healthcare, an independent, community-based health system. Before working for NCH, Fortney had been the chief nursing officer and vice president for patient care at Norwegian American Hospital in Chicago.

Fortney’s resume also includes positions with the Northwestern Medicine Healthcare System, including director of patient care services from 2007-2013 and director of emergency services from 2009-2012. He was clinical nurse manager of Northwestern’s neuro spine intensive care unit from 2004-2007.

Fortney has a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee and a master’s degree from DePaul University in Chicago.

“IVCH is a small-town community hospital with a mission and vision that I believe in,” said Fortney. “I was born and raised in a small town in northern Wisconsin, and it is nice to come back to an area that seems familiar to me.”