Lurie Children's Announces New Head of Human Resources

Joni Duncan, 49, has been named Chief Human Resources Officer at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, formerly Children’s Memorial Hospital.  Duncan, who has more than 20 years of HR experience, has been with the hospital for 11 years, most recently serving as the Director of Human Resources. She had worked in a similar capacity at Advocate Christ Medical Center.

At Lurie Children’s, Duncan has been responsible for many Human Resources functions, including recruitment, employee relations, organizational development, training and diversity.

“A big part of Lurie Children’s culture is that people like working here and they like being with each other,” says Duncan. “My goal is to foster that environment so staff are given the opportunities to perform their best work and to continue to achieve the goal of being the best of the best.” 

Duncan received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois and a Master’s of Science, Human Resources and Industrial Relations from Loyola University.         

She is also a member of the Chicago SHRM (Society Human Resources Management) and the Human Resources Management Association of Chicago.

In previous years, Lurie Children’s has made the list of best places to work in several publications including the Chicago Tribune’s top 100 places to work, Working Mother’s top 100 employers in the nation and 100 Best Places to Work in Healthcare by business magazine, Modern Healthcare.

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, formerly Children’s Memorial Hospital, is a 23-story, state-of-the-art hospital located in downtown Chicago on the campus of its academic partner, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Lurie Children’s is ranked as one of the nation’s top children’s hospitals in the U.S.News & World Report 2013-14 Honor Roll rankings. Lurie Children’s provides pediatric care in a setting that offers the latest benefits and innovations in medical technology, research and family-friendly design. The hospital relies on philanthropic support to care for more than 149,000 children each year.

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