Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Pekin Hospital Chief Executive Officer Resigns on High Note

The Board of Trustees of Progressive Health Systems (PHS - which includes Pekin Hospital and the ProHealth Medical Group) has announced the resignation of President and CEO Gary Jepson, who has accepted a new position with the Mercy System in Oklahoma.

Board Chair Andy Sparks expressed appreciation for Jepson’s contributions, saying: “Gary has done a great job leading our organization and is responsible for implementing significant change and improvement.  We wish him and his family the best in their move to Oklahoma.”

Jepson joined PHS as CEO in June 2012.  “We’ve made tremendous strides in a very short period of time,” said Jepson. “PHS is on a positive path and much better prepared for the future.”  He led the development of a new mission, vision and five year strategic plan and helped craft and implement a $5M financial improvement plan. Jepson also helped recruit new Gastroenterology and Urology providers, drove numerous facility improvements and increased physician and employee satisfaction.

The PHS Board has a long-standing contractual relationship with Quorum Health Resources (QHR) to manage the system and together they will embark on a national search for a new CEO.  There is no current time frame for the search to be completed.
     
Based in Pekin, Illinois, Progressive Health Systems is a family of over 1,500 associates, physicians, and volunteers, one hospital, a home health agency, medical equipment supplier, and a retail pharmacy.  Progressive Health Systems offers preventive care, advanced medical treatment, health education and much more to meet the community's health needs well beyond the Pekin Hospital campus.

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