SPRINGFIELD— Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) is pleased to announce that Marc E. Shelton, MD, FACC, FESC, has accepted our offer to become the vice president and chief physician executive of HSHS. HSHS has 15 hospitals and three physician practices with 230 clinics in Illinois and Wisconsin.
Dr. Shelton joined Prairie 25 years ago as an interventional cardiologist. He has been part of the HSHS family since 2008 when Prairie officially became part of HSHS. Shelton has served as the president of Prairie Cardiovascular since 2008.
“Under Marc’s leadership, Prairie grew from having 55 providers with 32 outreach clinics to 120 providers at 50 clinics in Illinois,” said Mary Starmann-Harrison, president and CEO of HSHS. “Marc helped grow Prairie into a major heart healthcare leader in the Midwest. We look forward to his leadership across at HSHS.”
As the chief physician executive, Shelton will work with system leadership and physician and nursing leaders across HSHS to improve quality, patient safety, patient experience, clinical system delivery innovation and physician leadership. Shelton is replacing Dr. Ken Johnson in this role who recently announced that he is taking a new job as chief medical officer and vice president of clinical operations for Prevea Health in western Wisconsin.
“I feel tremendously blessed to have had the opportunity to care for patients with our wonderful colleagues at Prairie for many years,” said Shelton. “I look forward to working in this new role which will afford me the chance to apply some of the lessons we have learned in care coordination of cardiovascular disease to larger populations and new disease states.”
Shelton received his undergraduate degree in chemistry from the University of Missouri in Columbia and his Doctor of Medicine from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine where he also did his internal medicine residency. He did his fellowship in the cardiovascular division at Washington University School of Medicine and was on faculty as an interventional cardiologist at Barnes Hospital prior to coming to Prairie 25 years ago.
Shelton and his wife Teressa have three grown children, Heather Kelly, Cole and Matthew Shelton. He has one grandchild, Caleb Marc. He enjoys fishing, hiking and traveling. Marc has given lectures in 11 countries and has been very active in the American College of Cardiology.
Shelton is transitioning to this role with Dr. Johnson, and his first official day will be May 17, 2019. A search will soon begin for Shelton’s replacement at Prairie.
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 (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 www.hshs.org. For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit www.hospitalsisters.org.
About Prairie Heart Institute of Illinois
The Prairie Heart Institute of Illinois (PHII) is a community-based network of hospitals that offers cardiovascular programs staffed by the nationally recognized Prairie Cardiovascular Consultants, the largest group of cardiologists in the tri-state region. Because of the Prairie Educations and Research Consortium (PERC), network hospitals of PHII also have access to drugs and treatments not widely available. The network hospitals of PHII offer the highest level of cardiovascular care possible in their communities. When more specialized care is needed, it is available in Springfield, O'Fallon or Carbondale.