2019 Speaker Bios


John Diederich, M.A., MBA

Senior Vice President, Operations
& Chief Operating Officer
Rush Copley Medical Center

As both the watchdog and steward of patient resources at Rush Copley Medical Center, John Diederich has proven his mettle in a tough economic environment. He has honed his expertise over the last two decades and has risen through the ranks to become an accomplished strategic thinker, skilled operations administrator and affable leader.

As COO, John oversees the daily clinical, ancillary and support operations of the hospital. This includes the administrative responsibility of the medical center’s $50 million annual capital improvement budget and all medical center construction projects.

He received his Bachelor of Business Administration, specializing in management science from the University of Iowa, where he also earned a Master of Arts degree in hospital and health administration and a Master of Business Administration degree. John has also completed the Advanced Executive Program at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.

John’s presentation at Elite Training Day is titled “Active Shooter: From Training to Survival (A Hospital COO’s Story).”  In this presentation a hospital chief operating officer tells the story of spending nine months enhancing workplace safety at his organization, training 2,500 employees in active shooter response, and then his personal survival story of putting this training to the test at the Route 91 Concert Shooting in Las Vegas on Oct 1, 2017