Kernan has been president of Saint Luke since 2018, and will concurrently serve in that role while also overseeing the medical center in Monmouth, splitting her time between the two places.
She replaces Patty Luker who was hired at Holy Family in 2009.
As president, Kernan will be responsible for directing all internal operations while ensuring access to affordable, high-quality healthcare for communities that serves; now Kewanee and Monmouth.
She says in a news release that she’s excited in this expanded role she’ll be working with OSF Innovation to create the “future model for rural healthcare.” Kernan added that both facilities are “financially and clinically strong” and she looks to forward to continuing their tradition of “patent centered care”.
She indicates that includes leveraging new technology and expanded collaboration with community partners.
OSF Western Region CEO Roxanna Crosser says that Kernan will be able “employ best practices and offer leadership”, not only for Holy Family but also for Saint Luke Medical Center in Kewanee.
Kernan holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from the University of St. Francis and a Master of Science in nursing management leadership from Saint Francis College of Nursing.
OSF Holy Family’s new president starts on July 15.