St. Elizabeth’s chief resigning to take key post in Cape Girardeau

From Illinois Business Journal news services

BELLEVILLE – President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Maryann Reese has resigned her position with HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital to take a top post with a health system in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

Hospital Sisters Health System and HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital jointly announced the resignation, which is effective Aug. 10.

Reese will become chief operating officer of Saint Francis Health System in Cape Girardeau, a $1 billion health system consisting of two hospitals, a surgery center, LTAC, UrgiCare centers, Home Health/Hospice and a physician enterprise serving 650,000 patients in a five-state region. Her last day in Belleville will be July 30.

“We will all miss Maryann but are excited for her as she begins this new phase in a very successful career,” stated James Dover, president and chief executive officer of HSHS Southern Illinois Division. “We know that Maryann will continue to make outstanding contributions to Catholic health care in her new role.”

During her five-year career at St. Elizabeth’s, Reese improved the hospital’s performance across the board. Under her leadership, the organization saw remarkable improvement in colleague and physician engagement, quality outcomes, operational performance, stewardship, and LEAN implementation, the hospital said. She led the organization in achieving many awards and recognitions including the Illinois Performance Excellence (ILPEx) Bronze Award and the Truven’s Top 50 Cardiac Hospital Award for 2012, 2013 and 2014.

One of Reese’s biggest accomplishments was her pivotal role in leading a multi-year process to plan, seek approval and break ground on a new $300 million replacement hospital and ambulatory care center along I-64. Construction on that project is underway.

“Maryann has assured us that she will be back for the grand opening of the new St. Elizabeth’s medical campus in 2017,” Dover said.

HSHS will be conducting a search for her replacement.

Hospital Sisters Health System is sponsored by the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, which has 14 local systems and physician practices in Illinois (Belleville, Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Highland, Litchfield, Springfield and Streator) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan, and two in Green Bay).

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