ALTON — Mother M. Regina Pacis, Provincial Superior of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George and President of Saint Anthony’s Health System, on Wednesday announced the resignation of E.J. Kuiper as president and CEO of Saint Anthony’s Health System.
“We extend our heartfelt best wishes to E.J. as he leaves Saint Anthony’s to join the Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) as the new Central Illinois Division President,” she said. “We are very grateful for the support of the community and have the opportunity to serve and are grateful for that. We are going to work on our continued development of our service lines and we are excited about these next steps to continue the mission. We have a successful organization that greatly cares about the outcomes for the community.”
A Mission Partner since 2006, Kuiper has served as president of Saint Anthony’s since 2009. His last day with Saint Anthony’s will be Jan. 5.
“E.J. expressed to me his deep gratitude for the opportunity to work with the Sisters and Mission Partners over the last seven years. We are appreciative of his remarkable leadership, contributions and support of the Health System and wish him well.”
In moving forward, Sister M. Mikela, currently Vice President of Mission Stewardship and Patient Care Services, as well as Chairman of the Board for Saint Anthony’s Health Center, will assume the role of Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Sister M. Anselma, currently serving as Vice President of Professional Services, will assume the role of Chief Operating Officer (COO). Both Sisters will move into their new positions on Jan. 6.
Kuiper said he has loved his time with Saint Anthony’s and said it has been fulfilling to exceed goals and partner with people in the River Bend. He said the same about partnerships with the mission partners.
“I am excited about heading into the next step of my career,” he said. “I have mixed emotions about leaving, but I will look back on these seven years fondly.”
Sister M. Mikela is a registered nurse who received her master’s in business administration and health care management in 2009. She oversees Patient Care Services/Nursing, Emergency Department, Quality, Risk Management, Rehab/Therapy, Pharmacy, Respiratory Therapy, Cardiology, Pastoral Care, Home Health Care, Hospice, Adult Day Services, Saint Clare’s Villa and Saint Anthony’s Foundation.
Sister M. Anselma received her master’s in business administration in 2008. Her areas of responsibility include: Imaging Services, Laboratory, Wound Care, Diabetes, Psychological Services, Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Bio-Med, Human Resources, Compliance, Planning, Information Technology, Communications, Supply Chain, Engineering, Security, Environmental Services, Food Service and Nutrition.
“Under E.J.’s direction, we have been very successful,” Sister M. Mikela said. “From being named a Top Performing Hospital in the Nation for Quality, to growing our services and physician practice, we are a very strong and viable health care organization for our local community.”
With the many changes in the current health care environment, Sister M. Mikela said Saint Anthony’s is well-positioned for the future.
“Our solid team of senior leaders will strengthen and expand health-care at the local level even more so. And as health-care continues to evolve, we know that Saint Anthony’s will continue to provide outstanding care for area residents for many years to come.”