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HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital welcomes three new board members

From left, HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital new board members Barbara Cempura, Brian Lemon and Kevin Meder.

HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, announces the addition of three new members to the hospital’s board of directors. This brings the total number of board members for St. Elizabeth’s to 11.

St. Elizabeth’s welcomes Barbara Cempura, Brian Lemon and Kevin Meder to its board of directors.

“As successful community leaders, I appreciate the experience, engagement and governance support that Barbara, Brian, and Kevin will bring to complement our already effective team of board members,” said President and CEO Chris Klay.

  • Barbara Cempura was the founder and served as the President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Illinois from 1980 to 2015 and served as interim CEO in 2018 to 2019.
  • Brian Lemon has served his entire career in health care. Brian last served as President of Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital Center, where he led CDH, a tertiary community medical center and the 6th largest hospital in metropolitan Chicago.
  • Kevin Meder is a principal at Clifton LarsonAllen concentrating in the tax and business consulting area for closely held businesses. Kevin has more than 34 years as a Certified Public Accountant with extensive experience in manufacturing, construction, real estate, health care and service industries. Prior to joining Clifton LarsonAllen, Kevin was a partner with Ganim, Meder, Childers & Hoering.

Other members of St. Elizabeth’s Hospital’s board of directors include:

  • Thomas Dinges, Chairperson
  • Lorraine Cavataio, Vice Chairperson
  • Todd Smart, Treasurer
  • Ann McCollum, Secretary
  • Sister Marguerite Cook, OSF
  • Georgia Costello, Ph.D.
  • Scott Crouch, MD
  • Michael Hall

Board members serve voluntarily and provide counsel and oversight on decisions that affect the organization’s sustainable future and advance the mission.

About Hospital Sisters Health System

Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high-quality Franciscan healthcare ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our physician practices and 15 local hospitals in two states – Illinois (Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, O’Fallon, Shelbyville 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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