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Schoeny named Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Chief Human Resources Officer

Feb. 18, 2021, 11:30 AM


by John Howser

Amy Schoeny, PhD, System Vice President, Total Rewards and Human Resources Administration with Advocate Aurora Health, has been named Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Chief Human Resources Officer. She will join the organization April 26.

Amy Schoeny, PhD

At Advocate Aurora Health, a 75,000-employee, dual-headquartered not-for-profit health system located in Downers Grove, Illinois, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Schoeny has been responsible for benefits along with staff and executive compensation programs to ensure that all efforts were aligned with organizational strategy and supported recruitment, retention and engagement. In addition, she had oversight for Human Resources (HR) administrative functions — information systems and shared services centers.

At VUMC, Schoeny will serve as a key member of the executive leadership team, directing a Human Resources department that is responsible for more than 28,000 full- and part-time employees who comprise Middle Tennessee’s largest private workforce.

“At VUMC, our people are our foundation. Across our missions Human Resources plays a fundamental role, from providing vital support for recruiting talented staff, to developing our capabilities for the future. Amy comes to us with an impressive array of experiences. She is the ideal person to strengthen and enhance the wide range of services supporting our people,” said Jeff Balser, MD, PhD, President and Chief Executive Officer for VUMC and Dean of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

In addition to helping guide other members of the leadership team on HR-related matters, Schoeny will be responsible for developing a comprehensive compensation strategy, improving talent selection, development and retention and guiding the development of HR systems that utilize enterprise resource planning.

“Throughout our search we were seeking someone to support the Medical Center’s forward-looking strategy. Given the scope of Amy’s experience in a large not-for-profit health system, overseeing a broad range of human resources initiatives, she is an outstanding choice to lead these efforts for our rapidly growing organization,” said John F. Manning Jr., PhD, MBA, Chief Operating Officer and Corporate Chief of Staff.

Before serving as Systems Vice President, Total Rewards and HR Administration with Advocate Aurora Health, Schoeny held a series of increasingly responsible roles, including Vice President of Compensation and HR Administration; Vice President of Learning Institutes, where she was in charge of creation of talent development strategies, new employee orientation and the integration of organizational, clinical and simulation-based learning teams, processes and infrastructure to ensure effective delivery of learning strategies.

Prior to her tenure at Advocate Aurora Health, she served as director of Talent Management at Rush University Medical Center, and also served for five years as a Human Resources officer for Witt/Kieffer, a retained executive search firm that serves academic and not-for-profit health care clients.

Schoeny received both a Doctorate and a Master of Arts in industrial organizational psychology from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. She earned a Bachelor of Psychology with Distinction from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is currently participating in a GE Administrative Fellowship through the Health Management Academy.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the exceptional Vanderbilt University Medical Center team and look forward to collaborating on strategies to address the HR opportunities ahead,” Schoeny said.

She will be joined in Nashville by her husband, Mike. The couple are parents to two children, a son graduating this spring from the University of Pennsylvania who has taken a job in Boston, and a daughter who is a sophomore at Tulane University. Both are excited to visit and explore the city with their parents.

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