EJ Kuiper, MHA, DPT, FACHE, has been selected to serve as the president and CEO at HSHS St. John’s Hospital. EJ has been serving in this role as interim since November 2018 after the former president and CEO, Dr. Charles Lucore, left HSHS for a position in New York.
 
Kuiper joined HSHS when he was appointed president and CEO of the HSHS Central Illinois Division (CID) in November 2013. He will continue to serve in this CID role in addition to his new appointment at St. John’s.
 
“I am honored to continue in this leadership role at HSHS St. John’s Hospital,” Kuiper said. “I hope to continue building relationships with our colleagues and medical staff in the Springfield community that will allow us to enhance all aspects of health care for our patients.”
 
Prior to joining HSHS, Kuiper served in various executive roles for Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) in southwest Florida after which he served as president and CEO of Saint Anthony’s Health System based in Alton, Ill.
 
Kuiper received his Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the Academy for Physical Therapy in the Netherlands. He went on to get his MHA from Florida Gulf Coast University and a Clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine.
 
Kuiper and his wife, Patty, have three grown children: Joshua, Megan and Emily who all reside in Florida. He is an avid Boston Red Sox fan and enjoys catching games when he can.
 
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About HSHS St. John’s Hospital
HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Illinois is a regional medical center offering a comprehensive array of health care services to central and southern Illinois. Founded in 1875, St. John’s is the flagship hospital of Hospital Sisters Health System and is home to the Prairie Heart Institute, St. John’s Children’s Hospital, St. John’s Women’s Services, St. John’s Neurosciences Institute, St. John’s Cancer Center, orthopedic services and AthletiCare. St. John’s now has one of the most advanced surgery centers in the nation and a renovated patient tower with all private rooms. St. John’s is designated as a level I trauma center, has its own college of nursing and is a teaching hospital for the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. For more information about St. John’s Hospital, visit www.st-johns.org.
 
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

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