Residence: Oak Park
Skip Hill is at his best around midnight. One of those rare souls who hardly need sleep, Hill has managed fine on a few hours of rest a night since he was a child. “I’m the night owl,” he explains. “When everyone goes to sleep, I can get things done.”
In a 21-year career as an emergency room physician, Hill worked the night shift, of course, and thrived. On countless evenings, patients asked for him by name. “There are people in the community who think Skip is their personal doctor,” says Keith Briggs, an Elk Grove Village police officer and a close friend.
During a four-year stretch as director of emergency services at Alexian Brothers, Hill handled administrative chores during the day and treated patients at night. Extra pay wasn’t the motive—helping patients was. When Hill left the hospital this past spring to focus on medical care consulting, his co-workers wore black “Gone But Not Forgotten” T-shirts at his farewell party.
Hill has had that high-energy side since he was a preteen. At Marist High School, only a few students knew Hill got solid grades until the day in his senior year when a teacher dropped his report card. Not even his years at Northwestern University, or medical school at the University of Illinois, tamed him. Hill once bought a Mercedes-Benz SLK on a dare because a buddy had said it was impossible to find.
Of course, as Hill admits, his wild side has probably kept him from settling down. He’s had plenty of long-term relationships, but has yet to marry. “I guess it’s hard to hit a moving target,” he says. “But for me, at least, marriage isn’t something you’re supposed to do. It’s something two people do when it’s right.”
Email Skip at firstname.lastname@example.org
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