issue Spring 2022

RFUHC Adds VP of Clinical Services to Leadership Team

By Sara Skoog

Jeff Espina, MBA, joined Rosalind Franklin University in February and will be providing strategic leadership for the university’s Health Clinics. His more than 20 years of healthcare management experience includes working in surgical specialties, musculoskeletal care, medical subspecialties and kidney/dialysis care. Prior to joining RFUHC, Mr. Espina served as vice president of operations for DaVita, Inc., where he launched a new service line focused on improving patients’ quality of life through in-house dialysis at skilled nursing facilities. His career in healthcare operations, finance and administration includes a three-year tenure as an assistant vice president with NorthShore University HealthSystem’s Orthopaedic & Spine Institute and five years as senior business director in perioperative services.

“Through the Health Clinics, we will develop an exceptional clinical experience for our students, our clinical/support staff and the community we serve.”

Earlier in his career, Mr. Espina was a certified structural, flight line and wildland firefighter, and he served in the U.S. Air Force during Operation Desert Storm, where he was assigned as the Fire and Rescue Crew Chief for the F-117 Stealth Fighter. He earned a bachelor’s degree in healthcare leadership and a master of business administration degree from National Louis University in Chicago.