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About Us

HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, which maintains a Gold Seal of approval from The Joint Commission, was founded by the Hospital Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis.

HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, which maintains a Gold Seal of approval from The Joint Commission, was founded by the Hospital Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis. Today we continue the mission of our founding sisters: to provide care for the sick and needy with a spirit of respect, care, competence and joy.

We are a member of Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS), a multi-institutional health care system that sponsors 15 hospitals in 14 communities across Illinois and Wisconsin, and an integrated physician network. As our name implies, we are a healing ministry guided by the historic mission of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis. At the same time, we are firmly grounded in modern best practices.

We use progressive physician partnerships and the latest technology to provide personal, integrated health care across our entire system. We continue to demonstrate commitment to our communities and to our Franciscan traditions by providing quality, caring and compassionate health care to all—including the sick, needy, uninsured and underinsured. We continue to grow thoughtfully, through our commitment to professional lay leadership. Stewardship of resources and strategic investments help ensure the highest standards of clinical quality and service as well as the long-term viability of the system.

St. Elizabeth's is An Affiliate of the Hospital Sisters Health System


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Our Commitment

So you will receive the best health care possible, we are committed to:

  • Treating you and your family with dignity and respect.
  • Facilitating interaction between you, your family, and the medical team to better understand each other's needs and concerns.
  • Helping you and your family participate in your care to the level you desire.

Advanced technology enables us to share valuable health care information with you and your family, and we hope you find our website to be an important health care resource in your home.

Hospital Leadership

HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital is fortunate to be led by a team of caring, dedicated health care professionals who welcome your questions and comments. 

President and CEO
Chris A. Klay, MA, PT, MHA, FACHE

Senior Administrators
Dennis Szurkus, Jr.,  MD, MBA, FACOG, CPE, Chief Medical Officer
Nalin Kulasekara, MBA, Executive Director of Operations
Regina Peterson, DNP, RN, Chief Nursing Officer
Jed Driemeyer, PHR, Director of Human Resources
Mark Ennen, Director of Finance

Board of Directors
Thomas Dinges (Chairperson)
Lorraine Cavataio (Vice Chairperson)
Todd Smart (Treasurer)
Ann McCollum (Secretary)
Barbara Cempura
Sister Marguerite Cook, OSF
Georgia Costello, PhD
Scott Crouch, MD
Michael Hall
Brian Lemon
Kevin Meder