Today HSHS St. Francis Hospital, Litchfield announced the appointment of Kevin G. Seely, PA, MBA-HA, MS-IHMP, as President and CEO.  Seely replaces past President and CEO, Patti Fischer, who serves as Chief Operating Officer of HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Illinois.  Seely will begin his new position on December 3rd and will relocate to the Litchfield area.

Seely has over 25 years of clinical and health care leadership experience working with medical centers, integrated delivery systems and large medical groups in both for-profit and not-for-profit settings.  He comes to St. Francis from INTEGRIS Health where he has held dual responsibilities as the Vice President of INTEGRIS Medical Group and Vice President/Chief Operating Officer of INTEGRIS Bass Baptist Medical Center in Enid, Oklahoma since 2014.  Seely has a record of strengthening physician and hospital alignment, developing and implementing strategic recruitment and retention plans, and during his tenure at INTEGRIS, he was instrumental in the successful conversion to an Epic-based medical record for all physician practices and medical campuses.  

Seely began his health care career as an Emergency Medical Technician before receiving a dual degree in molecular biology and genetics from the University of Kansas.  He then received a Bachelor of Science degree to become an Anatomic Pathologist’s Assistant from Wayne State University.  In 2005, Seely earned his Master of Business Administration-Health Care Administration and Master of Science in International Health Management and Policy from the University of Colorado at Denver.  
Through further education and experience as a Lead Fellow with Yale University and the William J. Clinton Foundation in 2007-2008, Seely demonstrated qualities that align with our mission of providing health care for all those in need.  During his two-year fellowship, Seely worked with the President of Liberia and the Ministry of Health to strengthen the capacity of the Liberian health care system. 

“We are excited to welcome Kevin to the HSHS family,” E.J. Kuiper, President and CEO of the HSHS Central Illinois Division, said.  “He has proven leadership skills, and he understands the importance of strong strategic initiatives to improve patient access and experience.  We’re looking forward to bringing him and his experience to St. Francis.”  

Kuiper also offered his thanks to John Peipert, CNO, for serving as interim President and CEO during the transition at the hospital.  John will continue to serve as Chief Nursing Officer after Seely begins.

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