Michael J. Dandorph, 52, was appointed President and CEO for Wellforce in January 2020. As a seasoned and accomplished health care executive, Mike understands the intricacies of academic medicine, community medicine, health systems and managed care. He is a collaborative and innovative leader, known for spearheading transformational change, creating cutting-edge partnerships and developing high-performing teams. Prior to joining Wellforce, Mike served as the President of the Rush University System for Health in Chicago where he was responsible for the integrated operations and strategies of the System’s hospitals and clinical practices, as well as leading the system’s growth and direction since 2016. Under his leadership, Rush more doubled its ambulatory footprint, improved financial performance to all-time highs, and established the Rush Leadership Academy with an emphasis on developing diversity among its leadership ranks. As Executive Vice President for Clinical Affairs and Chief Operating Officer, Mike quickly elevated Rush’s focus on safety, quality and patient experience resulting in Rush being consistently ranked among the top 5 in hospital quality among leading academic medical centers in the United States every year since joining the organization in 2013.
From 1996 to 2013, Dandorph played several instrumental roles in the development of the University of Pennsylvania Health System’s prominence in the Philadelphia region and strengthening the organizations financial footing during challenging economic times in late 1990’s. During his last decade at Penn, as chief strategy and business development officer, Mike led the health system’s clinical integration efforts, with an emphasis on developing several key service lines across the network, developed innovative provider-payer partnerships, and led several major transactions leading to the rapid growth of Penn Medicine.