Provena St. Joe gets new leader
From staff reports August 2, 2011 2:52PM
Beth Hughes is the new president and CEO of Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet. | Submitted photo
Updated: November 16, 2011 1:46AM
JOLIET — Provena Health officials promoted Beth Hughes to president and CEO of Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center from her current role as executive vice president and chief operating officer.
She succeeds Jeff Brickman, who resigned his position, following eight years of service, to accept a position as president of the five-hospital Mountains North Denver Operating Group of Centura Health System in Colorado, where he will also serve as president and CEO of its flagship, St. Anthony Hospital.
Hughes has been a driving force behind the ongoing success of the medical center’s day-to-day operations since she joined the ministry in 2007.
“In four short years, Beth has established a track record of generating sustainable growth, even in the toughest of economic climates; leading and empowering her teams; building collaborative physician relationships; and identifying and creating operational efficiencies,” said Anthony Filer, system chief operating officer.
“She has been a major contributor to strides the medical center has made in attaining goals for clinical quality, employee satisfaction and physician loyalty. In her capable and experienced hands, we anticipate a seamless leadership transition.”
Hughes came to Provena after serving as executive vice president and COO of the Elliot Health System in Manchester, NH.
In 2000, Hughes was selected an “Up & Comer” by Modern Healthcare and was a recipient of the New Hampshire Business Review’s Outstanding Women in Business Award for 2006.
An advocate of community service, Hughes currently serves on the board of the Will Grundy Free Clinic and United Way Capital Committee.
From the development of the ministry’s new all private room patient tower and the area’s only dedicated pediatric emergency department, to the addition of sophisticated services such as neurosciences, minimally invasive surgery and pediatric subspecialties, Brickman’s efforts helped to strategically position the medical center for enduring success.
Mokena-based Provena Health has six hospitals, five home health agencies, numerous primary and immediate care clinics, and 17 long-term care and residential centers.