Allyson Hansen – CEO & Executive Director – IL Medical District


Allyson Hansen, MHA, CPXP has an extensive career leading complex healthcare organizations and ensuring they reach their potential in delivering high quality care while elevating the patient experience, improving operational efficiency and ensuring financial stability.

As the CEO & Executive Director of the Illinois Medical District (IMD), Hansen leads with responsibility for strategic planning, vision, growth and daily operations. She is also tasked with fostering relationships and collaboration among partners and stakeholders across the 560 acre healthcare ecosystem. As the Chief Executive Hansen guides the District during a time of explosive growth and creativity, supporting a vibrant healthcare ecosystem that includes four anchor medical institutions and more than 40 health-related facilities.

As a seasoned executive with over 20 years’ experience in academic, community and national healthcare systems, Hansen brings extensive experience in strategy development and execution, operational improvement and partnerships to the IMD. Hansen has the proven ability to successfully analyze an organization’s critical business requirements, identify deficiencies and potential opportunities, and develop innovative and cost-effective solutions for enhancing competitiveness and improving performance. She moves easily from vision and strategy to implementation and follow-through, building in project management, accountability and managing for daily improvement practices to ensure goal attainment.

Hansen developed expertise in planning and administering healthcare services across Chicago land at UChicago Medicine, Loyola Health System, UI Health and Advocate Health Care. Prior to joining the IMD, she was Managing Partner of The Red Penny Group, advising national healthcare systems, medical groups and investors on growth, integration, operations and strategic plans.

Hansen holds a Master of Health Administration and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of South Carolina, and is trained in Lean Six Sigma, change management and is a certified Patient Experience Professional. She is trained in Co-Active Coaching and is a graduate of the Disney Institute for Healthcare Leadership. Hansen is an active volunteer and advises emerging leaders and supports their career growth in the Menttium corporate mentoring network. Hansen lives in west suburban La Grange, where she serves on the community advisory council of Lyons Township High School.