Karima Bentounsi, MBA
Chief Executive Officer
Karima Bentounsi, MBA, became chief executive officer of Weiss in January of 2017, after five years of serving as the hospital’s chief operating officer and vice president of operations. She is deeply committed to continuing to meet the healthcare needs of our diverse and vibrant community, and to partnering with the hospital’s incredible team of physicians and staff to provide high-quality, safe, and individualized care.
When Karima joined Weiss in 2012, she brought expertise in both finance and operations. As senior director of operations for Cook County Health and Hospitals System, the third largest public healthcare system in the nation, she was part of the team that improved quality, safety, productivity, and patient experience while cutting costs significantly. She also served as lead executive at Stroger Hospital, the system’s flagship hospital. Karima began her career in healthcare at Norwegian American Hospital, a not-for-profit safety net hospital in an underserved area on Chicago’s West Side. She held several finance roles before she became director of operations, responsible for a variety of clinical and ancillary departments as well as focusing on operational planning, budgeting, and outreach initiatives to improve community access and continuity of care.
Karima holds an MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management and is currently pursuing her doctorate in healthcare administration. She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and serves on the board of Uptown United, a neighborhood economic development association.