Expanding outpatient services, beefing up physician ranks and improving quality are key priorities for Sonia Mehta, who acknowledges that her new job as CEO of Chicago’s Loretto Hospital won’t be easy. An internist who trained at West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park, Dr. Mehta takes the reins of a 187-bed safety-net hospital on the West Side that aims to survive and thrive in an industry rife with consolidation as insurance carriers and government programs pressure providers to reduce costs.

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