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p9-MikelaSister M. Mikelap9-Ajay-PathakAjay PathakIllinois Business Journal report
    
    ALTON — As Saint Anthony’s Health Center enters into an historical affiliation with OSF Healthcare System, a new leader of Saint Anthony’s has been named.  Ajay Pathak, most recently the chief integration officer for OSF, has been appointed to serve as president and CEO of OSF Saint Anthony’s Health Center and OSF Saint Clare’s Hospital, effective the first day of the affiliation, Nov. 1.
    Pathak will succeed Sister M. Mikela, F.S.G.M., current CEO and president of the two-campus Alton health system, who will be transferring to a new role in Ministry Services Administration at the OSF offices in Peoria.
    “Ajay has worked closely with the Saint Anthony’s team throughout this year, directing and managing the integration process from the beginning,” said Kevin Schoeplein, CEO of OSF Healthcare System. “He has led efforts to introduce and orient Saint Anthony’s Mission Partners, physicians and the Alton community about the broad array of programs and services offered by OSF HealthCare.”
    Pathak joined OSF as the director of Strategic Business Development in 2009 and was responsible for leading and managing the affiliations of both Saint Elizabeth Medical Center (Ottawa, Ill.) and Saint Luke’s Medical Center (Kewanee, Ill.) from the Letters of Intent to closing.  Additionally, he also directed the business planning through launch of the eICU ConstantCare program, OSF’s first Tele-Health program across the entire OSF System.
    “I am honored at the opportunity to continue to serve our Sisters in this new capacity, whereby we can further enhance Catholic health care in this new region, and promote greater health, access and care coordination for our communities,” Pathak said.
    Prior to working at OSF, Pathak worked as an investment banker at Lehman Brothers in their leveraged finance group, focusing on acquisition and debt related financings within the health-care sector.  He previously served as a health-care strategy consultant for Navigant Consulting and the Advisory Board Company. He earned his bachelor’s of science in biology and sociology with an emphasis in health care from Union College (Schenectady, N.Y.).  He earned a certificate master’s in public health management from Harvard School of Public Health (Boston, Mass.) as well as a master’s in business administration with a concentration in finance from Georgetown University McDonough School of Business (Washington, D.C.).
    “It has been a blessing to have Ajay here on this 11-month-long integration journey,” said Sister M. Mikela. “He has walked with us as we expand to be part of a bigger family, a family that has embraced us as we have embraced them.
    “We are going into the affiliation with confidence in our role of ensuring local access to quality health care and offering a wider variety of specialty services while improving our ability to recruit new doctors for area residents.”
    In addition to her new role in Ministry Services Administration, Sister M. Mikela was appointed to the OSF Healthcare System Board of Directors.  She will work closely with Sister Diane Marie, OSF, president of OSF Healthcare System.
    “The affiliation with OSF is allowing a Catholic health-care mission – rooted in Germany between our Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George and The Third Order of the Sisters of St. Francis — to continue and to flourish in our River Bend community,” added Sister M. Mikela.
    
About OSF HealthCare
    
    OSF HealthCare, an integrated health system owned and operated by The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis, Peoria, Ill., includes OSF Healthcare System consisting of 10 acute care facilities and two colleges of nursing. It also has a physician organization, OSF Medical Group.  To align more closely a care delivery system with physicians we developed clinical service lines in cardiovascular services, neurosciences and pediatrics. OSF employs almost 700 physicians and nearly 300 mid-level providers operating in more than 90 office sites.  OSF HealthCare owns an extensive network of home health services known as OSF Home Care Services and also owns OSF Saint Francis, Inc., comprised of health-care-related businesses, and OSF Healthcare Foundation, the philanthropic arm for OSF Healthcare System and OSF Home Care Services.
    
OSF Acute Care Hospitals
    
    OSF St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group, Escanaba, MI
    OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, Rockford, IL
    OSF Saint Elizabeth Medical Center, Ottawa, IL
    OSF Saint James – John W. Albrecht Medical Center, Pontiac, IL
    OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, IL
    OSF Saint Francis Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of Illinois, Peoria, IL
    OSF St. Mary Medical Center, Galesburg, IL
    OSF Holy Family Medical Center, Monmouth, IL
    OSF Saint Anthony’s Health Center, Alton IL
    OSF Saint Clare’s Hospital, Alton, IL
    OSF Medical Group is also a part of OSF HealthCare and is a comprehensive, integrated network of health-care facilities, services, physicians and employees in Illinois and Michigan. OSF Medical Group includes a multi-specialty group of almost 700 member physicians and nearly 300 advanced practitioners in more than 90 locations throughout Illinois. This group of collegial and collaborative providers uses a team-based approach to create an integrated system of patient-centered care.  In 2013, OSF Medical Group recorded more than 1.4 million patient visits.