Michael Albert Sachs

Passed away on December 1, 2019

Michael Albert Sachs, age 67, born in St. Louis Missouri, passed away on November 29th in Palm Beach, Florida where he was a resident. Michael is survived by his beloved wife Louella; son David and his wife Diana Liu; daughter Laura Sachs and husband Jordan Fisher: stepchildren Cooper and Camryn Kanew: grandchildren Juniper, Annabelle, and Axel Sachs; Sisters Ellen (Henry) Dubinsky, Myrna (Myles) Hayutin, Sherrian (Robert) Meyers; brothers Harvey (Marlene) Sachs, Phillip (Patricia) Sachs; and many nieces and nephews. Michael was preceded in death by his parents Nellie and Ben Sachs.

Michael earned a B.A. in science and an MSPH in health management from the University of Missouri. He became an internationally renowned health care visionary. He was a serial entrepreneur, who throughout his career started and grew several companies, including Sachs Group, bSwift, Solucient /HCIA-Sachs, Sg2, and Repp Health. In the process he created thousands of jobs and launched numerous successful careers. He attracted, motivated, and advanced incredibly talented health care professionals. He was recognized as a great leader, strategist, mentor, and friend by all who worked with him. Despite his demanding schedule, Michael always found time to have a cup of coffee with anyone seeking his knowledge and wisdom.

Michael’s passion for making a difference in this world led him to contribute meaningfully both financially and through his leadership skills to organizations such as: The American Jewish Committee, Ravinia Festival, Ounce of Prevention Chicago, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and the Goodman Theater, where he also established the Alice Rapoport Center for Education and Engagement. Through Michael’s love for life, his other passions included the arts, boating, golf, travel and his deep commitment to the YPO and CEO organizations.

Michael will be remembered by many for touching and improving their lives with his personal style and charm. Celebrations of his remarkable life will be held at the Martin Theater at Ravinia Festival 418 Sheridan Road, Highland Park, Illinois on December 10th at 11am. Reception to follow until 1:30pm.

In lieu of flowers contributions can be made in Michael’s honor to: American Jewish (in honor of Michael Sachs to AJC Israeli-Palestinian Integration Initiative) Daniel Murphy Scholarship, Ravinia Festival-


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Cherrill Pierson Roth

July 4, 2020

I recently learned of Michael's passing, and my heart goes out to his family. Michael (and Bill and Carol) hired me to work for TSG in 1988. We first met when I worked for the CEO of a hospital he was trying to woo here in California. I can honestly say that knowing Michael changed the trajectory of my life. He pulled the best out of those around him. He opened my eyes to a world so much bigger than I could have imagined. I will always be grateful to have been in his circle. With love and sadness. Cherrill

Barry Drayson

December 11, 2019

In Memory of Michael Sachs

I knew Michael for too few years but had the wonderful experience of being hosted to golf with Michael and Louella in Florida and to the most entertaining of dinners afterwards. Michael was as fine a host as he was a gentleman; keen to improve his game, he was at his most relaxed on the course with Louella of whom he was so very dearly fond. Michael's intelligent conversation was always accompanied by a ready willingness to listen. He and Louella were to visit me in New York this year when I would have had the chance to return Michael's hosting favors. That is a day, now, oh so sadly missing from my calendar.

I offer my condolences to dearest Louella, Michael's family and friends for a fine man I was privileged to begin calling a dear friend,

Barry Drayson

Kellie Vujtech

December 9, 2019

Dear Michael,

My heart skipped a beat when hearing the news of your passing. Your true leadership and passion for the healthcare space was remarkable. Natural teacher and genuine interest in making a difference. I remember you were my final interview prior to joining Sg2 - I was so nervous however as the time progressed, I was even more excited to join after our meeting - inspirational, dedicated to attracting great talent and your genuine kindness. I believe we ended up going over by 30 minutes:). Thank you for your endless support, inspiration and setting the highest of standards. You will be missed and my thoughts are with your family.


Robert Goldberg

December 6, 2019

Dear Michael,
Our connection started when I began my career over 20 years ago at Albert Einstein Medical Center, whereupon my employer was a Sachs Group customer. As my career progressed, I was always impressed by the forward thinking assertions you and your company made.

I am honored to be employed by an organization that continues to challenge both the clinical and professional management of healthcare delivery.

God bless you and your legacy.


Chris Farr

December 4, 2019

Michael, you were a breath of fresh air to Healthcare. In my time working with you at Sg2, we had the opportunity to work with healthcare systems across the UK, Australia, SE Asia and the middle East. What so impressed me was your ability to understand how these very different systems worked and how to tailor solutions for them that were both imaginative and practical. I loved our debates and your willingness to engage in a discussion. You passed away much too young, but I imagine that you'll challenge the Angels and make a difference in heaven! It was a real privilege to be your colleague and your friend.

Kim Steeley

December 4, 2019

I remember meeting Michael for the first time in 1999 when I started at Sachs Group. He filled the room with his generosity and passion for innovating health care.

His work and commitment on everything he touched influenced and guided many of us.

He will be remembered as a leader and a person who changed lives for the better.

Rest in peace.

Gordon Brown

December 3, 2019

Michael was a leader in the field and a mentor to so many. He was a visionary who recognized the power of information technology and more importantly, how it could be effectively applied to improve system performance and patient care. He impacted the field of health care delivery and health services management education. I treasure his friendship and counsel. Our sympathy is extended to his family and friends and hope they can find solace in the contributions he made to the field and society.

Lalitha Puri

December 3, 2019

I am shocked and saddened to learn of Michael's passing. The Sachs Group was the only company I wanted to work for after interviewing there fresh out of college. It was an amazing place, dynamic, inspiring, filled with the best and the brightest. I am grateful for having been a part of something so special, thanks to Michael. My thoughts go out to his family.

Christine Stefano

December 3, 2019

I'm one of many who benefited from Michael's leadership and vision. I, along with others, continue to work in an organization that sprang from Sachs Group. Gone far too soon -- what a sad day for so many of us. I will keep his family and our "Sachs Group" family in my thoughts and prayers.

Janet Guptill

December 3, 2019

Michael was a remarkable man: brilliant, caring, humble, inspiring, energetic, generous. I owe him a huge debt of gratitude for his mentoring, his friendship, his vision for the healthcare system of tomorrow. I was privileged to work with him at both Ernst and The Sachs Group in the early days of strategy, data, computers, and healthcare redesign. His legacy is enormous. So is the hole in our hearts with his passing. Much sympathy to his family, loved ones, and friends.