Gerald “J.P.” Gallagher is President and Chief Executive Officer of Endeavor Health, Illinois’ third-largest health system and third-largest medical group serving 1.4 million patients across greater Chicagoland. As a health system deeply connected to its communities, Endeavor Health and its 27,000 team members are committed to delivering personalized, world-class care throughout more than 300 sites and nine award-winning hospitals.
Prior to assuming his current role in 2022 following the merger of NorthShore University Health System and Edward-Elmhurst Health, Gallagher served as President and CEO of NorthShore University HealthSystem since 2017. Under his leadership, NorthShore grew through the addition of new hospital partners, aggressive expansion of ambulatory sites, and the creation of Chicagoland’s only freestanding orthopaedic and spine hospital. Under Gallagher’s leadership, NorthShore also established the nation’s largest primary care-embedded clinical genomics program.
The Endeavor Health system has received national recognition for consistently strong performance across numerous quality and performance domains, including U.S. News & World Report, Leapfrog, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Magnet Nursing Recognition Program, Fortune/PINC AI and Planetree.
Prior to leading NorthShore, Gallagher served as Chief Operating Officer, responsible for overall system operations, clinical quality results, and financial performance. Previously, Gallagher served as President of Evanston Hospital, the flagship teaching hospital for the system. Before joining NorthShore, Gallagher served in a variety of hospital leadership roles with Advocate Health Care at its Christ Medical Center campus. He began his career as an Analyst at The Lewin Group, a health care consulting firm in Washington, DC.
Gallagher is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago and the Young Presidents Organization. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Illinois Hospital Association, the Business Leadership Council for Chicago Public Media, the Healthcare Advisory Roundtable at Madison Dearborn Partners, is active with the Illinois Chapter of JDRF, and is Assistant Scoutmaster with BSA Troup Five in Wilmette.
Gallagher received his Master of Business Administration from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania on a scholarship from the Kaiser Family Foundation. He received his bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from Princeton University, majoring in history. A native of Minnesota, he is married and has three children.