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Govero named interim president and CEO of HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland


From Illinois Business Journal news services

SPRINGFIELD – Hospital Sisters Health System today announced the appointment of Beth Govero as interim president and CEO of HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland, effective Jan. 18.

govero bethGovero (left) has more than 15 years of nursing and progressive leadership experience and currently serves as chief nursing officer of St. Joseph’s. She will handle daily operations and leadership of St. Joseph’s Hospital.

As a proficient leader, Govero has successfully led patient care services, and improved staffing initiatives and colleague engagement. Under her guidance, St. Joseph’s was recognized as one of only five hospitals statewide during the Illinois Hospital Association Institute for Innovations in Care and Quality’s 2015 Quality Excellence Achievement Awards.

Govero previously served as the director of Nursing Operations at HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville, nurse director for Surgery Services with Barnes-Jewish Hospital, and adjunct faculty at the Goldfarb School of Nursing in St. Louis. She holds a Master of Science in Healthcare and Nursing Administration and is a Certified Medical-Surgical Nurse. She is Lean Six Sigma Certified and is a doctoral candidate at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

“I am honored and humbled to have been invited to serve and support St. Joseph’s Hospital during the search for our next CEO,” Govero said. “I am excited about this opportunity and look forward to working with our colleagues and physicians to continue the outstanding care we provide for our patients and community.”

Govero will serve in the interim role while HSHS and the St. Joseph’s Board of Directors’ Search Advisory Committee conduct a search for a permanent president and CEO.

About Hospital Sisters Health System

Hospital Sisters Health System’s serves all people through its Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS has 13 local systems and physician practices in Illinois (Belleville, Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Highland, Litchfield, and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan, and two in Green Bay). HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute. For more information about HSHS, visit For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit

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