Thursday, September 27, 2018

UnityPoint Health® Announces New President of UnityPoint Health – Pekin

Ron Miller, UPH - Pekin Board Chair and Debbie Simon, UPH Regional CEO are pleased to announce Todd Baker has been named President of UnityPoint Health – Pekin and Senior Vice President of Physician Services, effective January 1, 2019.

“Pekin is an amazing community and I’m proud to continue serving the people of Pekin and Central Illinois. Our team is dedicated to providing high-quality health care in Pekin and to being a strong corporate citizen. My goal is to help set a clear vision for the future of health care in the region that will ensure UnityPoint Health – Pekin is a relevant provider of high-quality health care for years to come,” said Mr. Baker.

Baker began his health care career in 1989 with Proctor Hospital as General Manager of Proctor First Care. In 2011, Baker was promoted to Vice President of Strategy and Business Development and has been with UnityPoint Health since its affiliation with Proctor Hospital in 2013. Baker currently serves as Vice President of UnityPoint Clinic® Operations overseeing more than 50 clinics and more than 180 providers serving the people of Central Illinois.

“Todd has played a key role in reshaping the way UnityPoint Health – Pekin provides health care and specialty services to the Pekin community. His work in operations has helped bring new providers and new services to Pekin that are helping to transform care delivery and the patient experience. We truly believe the people of Pekin and our team members will continue to benefit from Todd’s leadership,” said Debbie Simon, Regional CEO, UnityPoint Health.

Pekin Hospital affiliated with UnityPoint Health in January 2017. Over the past 18 months, UnityPoint Health has made significant investments in Pekin to bring new services, new providers, new technologies, and improved facilities to the Pekin campus and surrounding area. In early 2018, UnityPoint Health opened Pekin East, a 60,000 square foot, state of the art medical office building along Griffin Avenue. Pekin East is home to an array of clinics and services, including primary care, pediatrics, podiatry, vascular services, radiology, and lab services. UnityPoint Health recently opened a First Care location at Pekin East and announced an $8 million renovation project at the UnityPoint Health – Pekin campus.

“This community deserves a health care partner like UnityPoint Health. We do what we do every day because we want the people in our community to go from getting well to living well. I’m honored to have this opportunity to lead our efforts in the Pekin community,” said Baker.

Baker is a Peoria native and graduated from Manual High School. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management and Administration and a Master of Business Administration degree from Bradley University.

Baker is a member of several civic organizations and serves as a board member for the Peoria Riverfront Museum, Peoria City/County Health Department, Hult Center for Healthy Living as Vice President of its Board of Directors, and West Peoria Fire Protection District as its treasurer. Baker serves on the National Council of Advisors for Bradley University Foster College of Business. He is a past board member of the Bradley University National Alumni Association, the Bradley Braves Club, and is a lifetime member of the Central Illinois Bradley University Alumni Chapter.

For more information visit, unitypoint.org.

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About UnityPoint Health Central Illinois

UnityPoint Health provides comprehensive, coordinated care to patients throughout Central Illinois through our clinics, hospitals and home care services. Services are provided at three hospital campuses – UnityPoint Health - Methodist, UnityPoint Health - Proctor, and UnityPoint Health – Pekin, as well as through more than 50 UnityPoint Clinic, Proctor First Care, and ProHealth Medical Group locations, UnityPoint at Home, the Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery, and the Hult Center for Healthy Living. A recognized leader in healthcare in our community, UnityPoint Health combines advanced technology and comprehensive services with patient satisfaction that’s among the best in the nation.

About UnityPoint Health

UnityPoint Health® is one of the nation’s most integrated health systems. Our physician-led team of professionals communicates clearly and effectively to address a patient’s health care in the most appropriate setting: whether that is a clinic, a hospital or at home. Through relationships with more than 290 physician clinics, 38 hospitals in metropolitan and rural communities and home care services, UnityPoint Health provides care throughout Iowa, western Illinois and southern Wisconsin.

UnityPoint Health entities employ more than 30,000 employees, working toward innovative advancements to deliver the Best Outcome, Every Patient, Every Time®. Each year, through more than 6.2 million patient visits, UnityPoint Health, UnityPoint Clinic® and UnityPoint at HomeSM provides a full range of coordinated care to patients and families. With total annual operating revenue of $4.4 billion, UnityPoint Health is the nation’s 13th largest nonprofit health system and the fourth largest nondenominational health system in America.

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