For more than 28 years, Marilyn Sears has been part of the administration at HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital. She began as chief financial officer, a job that she loved and served at from August 30, 1989 until April 1, 2010 when she became the chief executive officer and president of the hospital.

She served under three different presidents, Dan Colby (1989-1994), Roger Holloway (1994-1996) and John Bennett (1996-2010). She served as interim CEO between these men and admits that she turned down the opportunity to be CEO twice.

Sears has always been dedicated to moving the hospital forward and was integral in the transition from Shelby Memorial Hospital to its present day affiliation with HSHS as Good Shepherd Hospital.

July 1 will mark a new chapter in her story. She will begin her retirement. She has many plans which include travel across the country, boating, music festivals, football games, NASCAR races and time with her two grandchildren.

When asked what she will miss most about her work life, Sears said, “The people. It was the people who made my work fun. It will always be the people I miss most.”

Sears went on to describe her career and love for the hospital.

“I have been so proud of our hospital. Our hospital has healed people in our community for almost a century. We have always provided quality health care to our community. We were one of the top 100 hospitals for several years,” she said. “Of course, I was very proud of my staff but I think the greatest accomplishment I have seen is our transition from an independent hospital to becoming part of the HSHS system. It is with this affiliation that I can assure our hospital’s survival and growth going forward into the next hundred years.”

HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital will host an open house to celebrate Marilyn on Monday, June 26 from 3-5 p.m. in Classroom A. The public is invited to stop by and wish her well.
About HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital
Since its inception in 1916, HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital in Shelbyville (GSS) has been dedicated to excellence in healthcare for those living and visiting their communities. GSS has accomplished this by providing comprehensive health services and meeting the needs of patients served through their compassionate care, business integrity and community responsibility. GSS provides a 24/7 emergency department that is fully staffed by physicians and highly-trained nurses, and also features inpatient and outpatient services, including a 24-hour laboratory and an imaging department that meets today’s highest standards for diagnostic imaging technology. GSS has an advanced surgery department and an acute inpatient care unit. Dedicated to being a hometown hospital, GSS’ home health and rehabilitation departments are committed to excellence with a team of professional nurses and therapists providing a variety of medical services and rehabilitative therapies, all designed to help patients heal in their own environment. The group of visiting specialists in the outpatient clinic works closely with GSS to help keep the healthcare services local even if a specialized procedure or exam is required. GSS strives to be the first choice for the community’s healthcare needs. For more information about HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital, visit   
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 health care 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 15 local systems and physician practices in Illinois (Belleville, Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, 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,

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