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Executive Fellowship Mentor Team

David Loffing, Chief Operating Officer 

David Loffing is the current Chief Operating Officer for the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System. David started his career out as a Clinical Engineer, working with artificial hearts, technology management and various healthcare construction projects at the University Medical Center in Tucson Arizona. David joined the University of Illinois Medical Center in 1995 and has experienced a long and successful tenure progressing from the Director of Clinical Engineering to the most recent promotion to COO in 2009. David remains dedicated to serving the University of Illinois Health & Health Sciences System in achieving its strategic vision for the future.

David received his Bachelors of Science in Biomedical Engineering at Wright State University as well as his Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering from the Ohio State University. David enjoys traveling and playing basketball in his free time.

Mary-Jo Smith, Hospital Human Resources Director

Mary-Jo Smith attended UIC as an undergrad and went on to earn a Master’s degree, in Organizational Leadership, from Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois. She arrived at UIC from her previous position as Director of Human Resources at Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital after spending the bulk of her career so far as the Human Resource Manager at Advocate Christ Medical Center.

As a mother of two young children, including her son who has spent countless days in hospitals, Mary Jo Smith has an intimate understanding of how quality care affects every patient and their family. It’s with that same resolve and determination to educate that she approaches her professional life.

Planning for the future of the hospital, she says: “It’s all built around patients-- what we do has to result in exceptional patient care.” She says that her vision entails building a h3er HR infrastructure that’s integrated with the campus and aligned with the goals of the UI Health System. To accomplish this, she says that HR has to “be a strategic business partner with the leadership team and the staff.”