Eric Benink webEric H. Benink, MD, MBA, FAAEM, has joined Regional One Health as Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer (CMO). Prior to joining Regional One Health he was the CMO at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, Illinois and also previously held the CMO position at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, Illinois.  Specializing in emergency medicine, Dr. Benink also served in the United States Air Force during the Gulf War. He was a clinical instructor and assistant professor for the emergency medicine residency program at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center and held faculty positions at the University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria and Rockford campuses. During his career in trauma, emergency and medical flight care, he held several leadership positions at OSF Healthcare.

Dr. Benink graduated from Rush Medical College in Chicago, Illinois. He completed his residency and served as Chief Resident at Christ Hospital and Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Illinois.  He also earned a Master’s in Business Administration from The George Washington University in Washington, DC.

Dr. Benink’s clinical expertise has been shared at numerous lectures on topics as varied as sports injuries, trauma in pregnancy and assessing the critically ill patient.  He has also been part of several research projects that have been presented at national conferences and published in medical journals.  Since moving from a clinical to an administrative role, Dr. Benink has grown his experience and offered executive leadership in the areas of improving patient flow in emergency department, integrating a multispecialty physician practice, and restructuring of the medical staff.

His professional associations and community service include organizations and initiatives focused on patient access and quality care. He is a Fellow in the American Academy of Emergency Medicine and a member of the American College of Physician Executives and the American College of Healthcare Executives.