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  • HSHS Happenings 

    Welcome to HSHS Happenings – a photographic gallery of activities and events happening in our 13 Local Systems and HSHS Medical Group in communities throughout Illinois and Wisconsin.

  • 2009 Happenings
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  • HSHS Leadership in Health Care Reform



    HSHS colleagues met with Congressman David Obey of Wisconsin in his Washington, D.C. office to talk about our Care Integration strategy. From left to right: Heidi Selberg, HSHS Divisional VP Strategic Planning, Government Relations, Communications and Advocacy (E. WI); Congressman Obey; Stephanie McCutcheon, HSHS President and CEO; Sister Monica Laws, OSF, HSHS Vice President, Mission Integration; and David Fish, President and CEO at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls.

    HSHS colleagues had the opportunity to share our Care Integration journey with Congressman Aaron Schock of Illinois during a recent visit to our nation’s capital. From left to right: Stephanie McCutcheon, HSHS President and CEO; Sister Monica Laws, OSF, HSHS VP Mission Integration; Congressman Schock; Lowell Jones, President and CEO at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese; Brian Reardon, Director of Community Relations at St. John’s in Springfield and Nick Nehman, HSHS Administrative Fellow.



    Stephanie McCutcheon, HSHS President and CEO, networked with Nancy-Ann Min DeParle, Counselor to the President of the United States and Director of the White House Office of Health Reform and Sister Carol Keehan, DC, President and CEO of Catholic Health Association of the United States.

    Illinois Senator Kyle McCarter (2nd from left) recently toured St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland and discussed legislative issues with (far left) Alejandro J. Alvarado, M.D., President of the hospital’s medical staff; Sister Marilyn McCormick, OSF, Director of Pastoral Care and Dennis Hutchison, Interim Administrator at St. Joseph’s.

    Mission Outreach Fellowship Program

    St. Mary's Hosts Visitors



    Stephanie McCutcheon, HSHS President and CEO greeted Sister Ann Pitsenberger, OSF and 10 other representatives from Eastern Wisconsin Local Systems at the first-ever Mission Outreach Fellowship Program. The goal of the program was to create Mission Outreach ambassadors and to provide HSHS colleagues with an opportunity to learn more about our Franciscan heritage.

    Visiting Sisters, physicians and hospital administrators from Japan, along with several HSHS colleagues, posed in front of the Cancer Care Center at St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur before touring various hospital departments and physician offices. The group shared ideas with their physician, nursing and administrative counterparts.

    New President and CEO for St. Joseph's in Highland, Illinois



    Peggy Sebastian, a nurse with more than 29 years of experience in health care administration, recently accepted an invitation to serve as President and CEO of St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland, Illinois.

    A group of HSHS colleagues welcomed Peggy Sebastian into her new role. From left to right: Jay Justice, HSHS Vice President, People; Dennis Hutchison, Interim Administrator at St. Joseph’s; Stephanie McCutcheon, HSHS President and CEO; Larry Schumacher, HSHS Chief Operation Officer; Peggy Sebastian; Sr. Kenneth Wildt, OSF; Sr. Marilyn McCormick, OSF, Director of Pastoral Care at St. Joseph’s and Mark Reifsteck, HSHS Divisional President.

    2009 Keeper of the Tradition Award

    Rural Physician of Excellence Award



    Diane Horn, Pastoral Care Coordinator at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin received the 2009 Keeper of the Tradition Award, an honor given to a hospital colleague who in exemplary ways carries on the traditions of Christian hospitality, servant leadership and the integration of the Mission of the Hospital Sisters into everyday work and service.

    Peter Bonutti, M.D., a member of the medical staff at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham, recently was honored by the Illinois Rural Health Association with a “Rural Physician of Excellence Award.” Dr. Bonutti was one of 11 physicians who received this statewide honor for going “above and beyond the call of duty” to provide health care to rural and underserved residents throughout Illinois.

    State Board Election

    Outstanding Patient Experience Award™



    Sandy Bowe, Lead Credit Counselor at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls, was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Medical Credit Association, a state organization dedicated to the improvement and efficiency of medical credit management.

    St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan received the 2009-2010 HealthGrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award™. The Hospital was recognized as being within the top 5 percent of hospitals in the nation in the delivery of exemplary service.

    Hope Chest Project

    Golf for Gail



    The Maschhoffs recently participated in the “Hope Chest” project of the Friends of St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese to underwrite the $500 cost of a new recliner for inpatient use. At the check presentation were Lowell Jones, St. Joseph’s President and CEO; Julie Maschhoff; Jill Timmermann, “Friends” Board Member and Andrea Toennies of St. Joseph’s.

    College student Jamie Stark, 19, honored his late grandmother, Gail Stark, who died of ovarian cancer, by organizing a “Golf for Gail” outing. He is pictured with, from left to right: Zona Akbari, Director of St. Vincent Hospital’s Regional Cancer Center; Connie Worzala, Cancer Care Coordinator and Sue Watts, Development Director at St. Vincent. Jamie donated a total of $5,000 in his grandmother’s memory, giving half to St. Vincent Hospital’s Compassionate Care Fund to help those already diagnosed with cancer and the other half to the Cancer Research Institute for ovarian cancer research.



    Angie Dunfee Hall
    Communications Manager