(Breese, IL) – HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Breese invites community members to join them in welcoming Chris Klay, new St. Joseph’s President and CEO, during a reception on Tuesday, September 19 in the dining room area at St. Joseph’s Hospital Breese. The open house-style reception will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m., and will give area residents an opportunity to meet Klay and welcome him to the community. Klay began his new role at St. Joseph’s Hospital Breese on Monday, September 11.
 
While Klay is new to St. Joseph’s Breese, he is not new to Hospital Sisters Health System as he comes to the area after serving as the Division Director of Rehabilitation Services for the HSHS Western Wisconsin Division. Since joining HSHS in 2009, Klay has been responsible for various aspects of hospital operations, including inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services, wound care, sleep lab, and respiratory therapy.  He has facilitated development and expansion of programs across the Western Wisconsin Division, including the Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine, a program which has consistently achieved national recognition for outstanding patient satisfaction scores and healing rates.
 
“Mr. Klay has shown to be a proven leader in the HSHS Western Wisconsin Division, and we look forward to him bringing his leadership skills to St. Joseph’s in Breese,” Jim Dover, HSHS Southern Illinois Division President and CEO, said.  “He has an enthusiasm for patient-centered care, and demonstrates a true commitment to our HSHS Mission.”
 
Klay received his Master of Healthcare Administration from Ohio University and his Master of Arts in Physical Therapy from the College of St. Scholastica.  He completed a fellowship with the Advisory Board Company in Healthcare Executive Leadership in 2015, and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. 
 
Klay succeeds Paulette Evans, who served as President and CEO for three years, and Amy Ballance who served as interim President and CEO since June 1, 2017.

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