Executive Team


Raymond Grady, MHA, FACHE
President and CEO

Mr. Grady joined Methodist Hospitals as President and CEO on February 23, 2015. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Indiana Hospital Association, and is the Chairman of the Board for the American Heart & Stroke Association Northwest Indiana Chapter.

Ray Grady is a seasoned leader with demonstrated ability in building exceptional relationships with Medical Staff, forging strong partnerships with communities, and enhancing the quality of patient experience. Mr. Grady has extensive experience in all aspects of hospital and health care management. His experience includes quality and safety improvement processes, cost and productivity improvement, clinical partnership development, ACO development and system growth through joint ventures and acquisition. He has worked on health care reform issues at a national level through his service on the American Hospital Association Board of Trustees.

Mr. Grady’s career includes a long tenure at NorthShore University HealthSystem just north of Chicago, where he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the health system and CEO of Evanston Hospital, its flagship hospital. He has also served as the Chief Administrative Officer of Aurora Healthcare, a 15-hospital integrated delivery system. In that position he provided strategic oversight of system wide initiatives in supply chain management, clinical research and Aurora Ventures, the for-profit arm of Aurora.

He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and has chaired the Illinois Hospital Association, The Institute for Diversity and currently serves on the board of the Association of University Programs. Mr. Grady most recently was Executive in Residence, Department of Health Policy and Management of the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh, and has also served on the adjunct faculty of the Marquette University Graduate School of Business, where he taught healthcare management.


Wright Alcorn, MHA, FACHE
Vice President, Operations

Wright Alcorn joined Methodist Hospitals as Interim Vice-President of Operation in February 2012 and in August 2012 accepted the position of Vice President of Operations. He has over 25 years of experience in hospital and health system administration and operations including clinical and support service operations, service line development and management, new program and business development and regulatory and compliance oversight. Wright has worked at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, and Methodist Hospitals in Houston, Texas. Wright holds a Masters in Healthcare Administration from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.


Tracey L. Crandall, SHRM-SCP
Vice President, Chief Human Resource Officer

Tracey joined Methodist in January 2017 as the Vice-President, Chief Human Resource Officer. Tracey most recently served as Vice President of the Human Resources Department at Inova Health System located in Falls Church, Virginia. Prior to that assignment she worked as Vice President of Human Resources with Fresenius Medical Services. Tracey has a strong background in talent acquisition, employee relations and organizational change. Tracey grew up on the south side of Chicago, graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.


James M. Kirchner, MS
Vice President, Physician Integration

James Kirchner joined Methodist Hospitals in 2011 as the Vice President of Physician Integration. He has more than 20 years of experience in physician/hospital alignment and group practice management. He has extensive experience in strategic planning, ambulatory care development and physician/hospital integration. James has held key management positions at institutions such as St. Joseph Physician Network in South Bend; Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee, IL; Columbia/HCA in Chicago, IL; Silver Cross Hospital in Joliet, IL; and Cardiospecialists Group in Olympia Fields, IL. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at Lewis University in Joliet, IL; and his Master’s degree in Health Systems Management from Rush University in Chicago, IL.

Jim Renneker, MSN, RN, FACHE
Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer

Jim Renneker, MSN, RN, FACHE joined Methodist Hospitals on December 11, 2017, as Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer (CNO).  Jim joined Methodist from Loretto Hospital in Chicago, Illinois.  Jim is an accomplished nurse executive with over 35 years of demonstrated experience and leadership in acute care, home health, hospice, and long term care settings in community hospitals as well as academic medical centers.  His career includes senior level positions at Highland Hospital, Weiss Memorial Hospital and Sinai Medical Center, affiliated with the Aurora Health System in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Jim holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Creighton University and a Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of Cincinnati.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, an Academy Fellow of the Advisory Board Company and a Past President of the Illinois Organization of Nurse Leaders and the Chicago Health Executives Forum.




Ed Romero, MHA, MPA, BBA
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Ed Romero joined Methodist Hospitals as Vice Present and Chief Financial Officer in August 2018.  Ed Romero’s career includes tenure at Lutheran Health Network, a subsidiary of Community Health Systems, located in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  Prior to joining Lutheran Health Ed had extensive experience with HCA which is a non-profit health system. His expertise includes building financial measurement tools, organizing and supervising Patient Access, Shared Service Center, Finance and Accounting, Health Information Management, Case Management, Clinical Documentation Improvement, Decision Support and Net Revenue Reimbursement. He earned his Bachelors of Business in Accounting from Texas A & M University – Kingsville, a Masters of Professional Accountancy in Accounting from Texas A & M University – Kingsville, and a Master’s of Science in Healthcare Administration from Trinity University in San Antonio Texas.

Vincent L. Sevier, MD, MBA, CPE
Vice President and Chief Quality Officer

Dr. Sevier joined Methodist Hospitals in May of 2016 as Vice President and Chief Quality Officer. He comes to Methodist from OSF St Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, Illinois, where he served as Vice Chief and Associate Medical Director where he was charged with improving the patient experience and quality of care in the Emergency Department. Much of his career was spent at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, Illinois, serving as Chief and Medical Director, where he developed and implemented a variety of initiatives to improve process flow, patient experience, clinical quality and operational efficiency. Dr. Sevier is an experienced physician and practices Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Sevier holds a BA from Washington University in St. Louis, an MD from the University of Illinois College of Medicine and an MBA from the University of Tennessee. He is Board-Certified in Emergency Medicine, a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians, a Certified Physician Executive with the American Association of Physician Leadership and a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.