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Mike Brown new regional president CEO Presence Health

Mike Brown, new regional president and CEO of Presence Health

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Updated: March 6, 2014 6:59AM



ELGIN — For the second time in three months, a new president will be leading Elgin’s Presence Saint Joseph Hospital.

The Catholic hospital’s parent chain, Presence Health, announced in a short statement Tuesday evening that Mike Brown has been appointed to be the regional president and CEO supervising both Presence Saint Joseph in Elgin and Presence Mercy Medical Center in Aurora.

Brown, a former paramedic and a registered nurse, comes to the job from a similar post leading three of the system’s hospitals in central Illinois.

Last September, Presence announced that the chain was moving toward a more collaborative and regional leadership structure, and that Dr. Eugene McMahon was resigning as Saint Joseph’s president “to pursue other opportunities in New England” as of November.

At that time, the chain said that Mercy Medical Center President Maureen Bryant was taking over as president for both Mercy and Saint Joseph.

But that apparently turned out to be only a temporary arrangement. Tuesday’s statement said that Bryant had resigned from the joint job “earlier in the week” and that Brown now will be taking over.

“Mike’s broad clinical and leadership expertise coupled with his collaborative leadership style will serve Presence Mercy Medical Center and Presence Saint Joseph Hospital well,” said Sandra Bruce, president and CEO of Presence Health. “We are pleased to have such talented leadership ready to step into this important role.”

From central Illinois

Brown is currently the regional president and CEO for the system’s Central Illinois hospitals, which include Presence United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville and Presence Covenant Medical Center in Urbana. The announcement said that with nearly 30 years of health care leadership experience, Brown joined Presence United Samaritans Medical Center in 2005 as the chief operating officer and chief nurse executive.

More recently, Brown added to his responsibilities the oversight of Iroquois Memorial Hospital under a management agreement between Presence Health and IMH.

Earlier in his career, the statement said, Brown was a paramedic and later became a registered nurse. His experience includes both domestic and international work, having completed an assignment in the Middle East as part of a military health care project in Abu Dhabi.

Brown holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a master’s in business administration in organizational leadership and management from Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio.

‘A single leader’

When Maureen Bryant became president and CEO of both hospitals last fall, Presence Health boss Bruce said that “a single leader will carry forward Presence Health’s efforts to provide the best care to these communities.”

She noted that the Elgin and Aurora hospitals serve demographically similar patients and that both provide “a technology-rich portfolio of health care” to the Kane County area.

Bruce said then that the change was part of a move by Presence Health toward “a new organizational structure that provides regional leadership for all its hospitals, backed by key system-wide support services such as information technology and human resources. This approach ensures that system-wide organization is well positioned to meet the evolving needs of the communities it serves.”

McMahon was a forensic pathologist before going into hospital administration. He had been president and CEO at Presence Saint Joseph since 2011.

To replace Brown in central Illinois, Presence Health said it has named Jared Rogers, M.D., to be the interim regional president and CEO for Presence United Samaritans Medical Center and Presence Covenant Medical Center. Board-certified in family medicine, Rogers joined Presence Covenant Medical Center in 2011 as chief medical officer and currently serves as Presence Health’s regional chief medical officer.

Rogers also spent more than 20 years as an officer in the Army Medical Corps.



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