Gary is an accomplished executive leader distinguished by vision, proven results, strong relationship skills, team building and clinical innovation.
Gary was born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in Amherst, New York and later in Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania. Gary has been married since 1989 to Tina Kaatz. They have two daughters, Jessica (1980) and Lindsey (1982).
Gary was the President/CEO of Rockford Health System and was responsible for setting the strategic direction of the organization. Opened VanMatre Rehabilitation Hospital, established Rockford Health System Heart and Vascular Center, developed comprehensive Neuroscience Center. With the Board of Directors, created a culture of clinical excellence and patient safety which has led to Rockford Health System becoming a recipient of the HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Patient Safety in 2007 and 2008.
In his free time, Gary enjoys traveling, music, reading, and all sports; especially wrestling, football, and jogging.