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|Hospital Bids Farewell to Retiring CEO
|The man who spent more than a decade in charge of the hospital in Monmouth likes the position the facility is in now as he steps into retirement.
Donald Brown wrapped up a 12 1/2 year career as the CEO at OSF Holy Family Medical Center last Friday. He had been working alongside Patty Luker for almost two weeks getting her ready to take over the reigns of the hospital.
Brown has seen changes at the facility, which was known as Community Medical Center when it merged with OSF Healthcare System in April of 2007. He says the hospital needed to be part of a larger organization with a lot more resources, and the arrangement has worked out very well.
Brown tells WGIL the establishment of the clinic at the hospital in Monmouth is something that's very special to him. "We've grown that clinic in about eight and a half years from zero visits to over 41,000 visits last year," Brown said. "I think it's important that people have access to basic primary care 24 hours a day, seven days a week. That's working for us, and I hope it works for everybody else."
Prior to coming to Monmouth, Brown spent more than three decades in southern Illinois, and that's where he's returning.
Brown says he's always had someone else do computer work for him, so he plans to take some courses to learn more about that. He also cited spending time with his 11 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren, playing golf and fishing as some of the other things he's looking forward to.
Staff at OSF Holy Family Medical Center in Monmouth present now retired CEO Donald Brown with a cake during a reception in his honor last week on the hospital campus
(WGIL News Story and Photo by Mike Perry)
|08 03 09 by Newsroom
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