Posted on 12/09/2016
Katie Koenig

CHICAGO, IL--Katie Koenig, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, has been named to the 2016 "40 under 40" list by Crain's Chicago Business for her outstanding business and civic leadership. Koenig was nominated for this honor by colleagues at the University of Chicago Medicine and the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, among others.

Koenig’s commitment to the mission of the Foundation is personal: her father suffered sudden cardiac arrest on the tennis court at his athletic club in 2012, and while there was a defibrillator on the premises, no one there knew how to operate it. Her father’s life was lost too soon, at the young age of 65. More...

After losing her father, Koenig initiated a relationship with the Foundation that quickly evolved into an invitation to join its Board of Directors. Knowing well that stories like that of Koenig’s father are all too common, the Foundation focuses on educating the public on life-saving tips that can make the difference between life and death for victims of sudden cardiac arrest. 

"With her healthcare and business acumen, Katie quickly became an inspiration to fellow board members and staff by offering keen insights and expanding development efforts," said Mary Newman, Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation president. "In addition to significant financial contributions and fundraising work, she brings to the table the valuable perspective of someone who lost a loved one to sudden cardiac arrest."

From Crain's Chicacgo Business: 40 Under 40 

New to Chicago in 2012, Katie Koenig interviewed with executives at University of Chicago Medical Center in Hyde Park for a job that didn’t exist. “They liked my consulting and strategy background but didn’t know where to plug me in. I said, ‘Give me a shot. If you’re happy with my work, let me stay on.’ ” The New Jersey native and Boston Consulting Group vet created an in-house consulting arm, which grew to a team of 15, tasked with using data to solve one of the three-hospital system’s biggest problems: intensifying pressure from its neighbors for a South Side trauma center.

Four years later, Koenig is credited as the architect of the medical center’s $270 million GetCare plan, which includes the community’s desperately desired adult trauma center as well as an expanded adult emergency room, an enhanced cancer institute and nearly 200 new patient beds. “Katie’s analysis and guidance, her strategic insight, helped direct the investment we wanted to make in our community,” says Sharon O’Keefe, president of U of C’s Medical Center. “She’s good at the granular and the big picture.”  

But just before the GetCare project broke ground this fall, Koenig was recruited to draft another growth plan, this time for ATI Physical Therapy in Bolingbrook. The booming private company—Advent International staked a majority investment in March—has 646 clinics in 25 states coast to coast and, in the past year, has seen a 45 percent growth in daily visits.

When she’s not working, Koenig is a distance cyclist and aspiring photographer whose destinations include Chile, Bolivia, Antarctica and Alaska. “I don’t do ‘staycations.’ ”