Sara Turley, MBA

Department of Health Systems Management, College of Health Sciences
Role: Administrator (Senior Advisor to the President and CEO of Rush University Medical Center)
Joined Rush in 2013


I have been at Rush since 2013 and have served as a faculty of the HSM program since 2014. I am also the 2016 recipient of the Wayne Lerner Manager of the Year Award. I served as the Administrator of the Division of Cardiology in the Department of Internal Medicine from 2014 to 2018 and as the Cardiovascular Service Line Administrator for the Rush System for Health until 2019. In September 2019, I accepted a new role as Senior Advisor to Dr. Omar Lateef, President and CEO of Rush University Medical Center. In this role, I oversee the operations of the Office of the CEO, planning and executing critical meetings, supervising and mentoring the administrative fellows and providing leadership and direction for key change management initiatives.

What inspired you to get into your field?

I enjoy the challenging complexities of health care delivery as well as strategic partnerships with physician leaders.

What excited you about your work at Rush?

I am excited to work at Rush because of the excellent quality of care, physician partnerships and the culture of putting patients first.

What is your opinion of mentoring and sponsorship? Please comment about your experiences.

Mentoring and sponsorship are really important to a successful career. A good mentor can help you more effectively navigate your professional environment and a sponsor will leverage their connections to aid in your success. Both are highly valuable!

Do you have tips or advice you would recommend for someone looking to enter your field of work?

In healthcare administration, we are constantly partnering with physicians and clinical team members. I always tell people how important it is to learn a common language - learn enough about the clinical elements so you can partner effectively and help your clinical colleagues understand key business components that will drive success.

What are your hobbies? How do you like to spend your free time?

I enjoy traveling and cooking.