New hospital chief learned meaning of service from dad

Adam Maycock said the decisions his parents made about raising children have shaped his life in more ways than one.

His mom stayed home for years with him and his two siblings, even though his dad didn't earn all that much as a Seventh-day Adventist pastor.

"I think that's a big part of who I am, that commitment that they made early on in our childhood," Maycock said. "It sticks with you and creates the framework on how you want to be a parent and create your home and lead, even.

"I think service and ministry is a big part of who I am from that point," he added. "I never wanted to be a pastor, but I certainly wanted to work in that space."

An undergraduate degree in marketing led Maycock to a position with Advent Health. After 14 years working in market research, strategy and ambulatory and acute care operations there, he was named chief operating officer of Amita Adventist Medical Centers in Hinsdale and La Grange in 2017. Following the promotion of former Chief Executive Officer Mike Murrill last month, Maycock was named his successor.

He sees all of his work experiences as preparing him to take on this role, with one caveat.

"I believe my source and strength is not through experience more than it is through my relationship with God," Maycock said. "He provides that strength and we'll call it preparation for any role, and this is no different. I go in with full trust in Him and hard work and a team that surrounds you."

As CEO, he hopes to create even stronger connections between the hospitals and their respective communities and ensure they continue to receive the strong ratings for quality and safety they already have earned. Maintaining a strong bottom line and attracting top-notch employees are among his aims as well.

And he must work toward these objectives in the midst of a global pandemic.

"There has been no playbook for that," he said. "I will never forget. It was Friday the 13th in March when we had our first (COVID-19) patient here and it has been a whirlwind since. A lot of long nights, early mornings, but really what it truly has been is a testament to teamwork and collaboration."

Community donations of personal protective equipment, food and money were heart-warming, he said.

"It was and still is something that I felt a few times in awe of, just to see how well the community and our teams pulled together."

With a maximum of about 40 COVID-19 patients at either hospital at any time, Maycock said the two campuses were lucky not to have the surge experienced in Chicago hospitals and some suburban ones.

"We haven't quite got to zero yet," he said. "We still are single digits, and likely not until a vaccine is out will we really get to sustained zeros.

"We all look forward to that day."

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Pamela Lannom is editor of The Hinsdalean