By Joe Boyle
Kathleen Kinsella will become the new president of OSF Healthcare Little Company of Mary Medical Center in Evergreen Park.
Kinsella replaces John Hanlon, M.D., who is retiring after a 40-year career. Hanlon served as the president of Little Company for the past two years. The transition will officially take place Friday, July 10.
Hanlon began serving OSF Little Company of Mary in 1987, practicing as an ophthalmologist for 30 years. Hanlon became president of the medical staff in 2000 and went on to serve as the chief executive officer in August 2018 following a term as the chief medical officer.
Serving as the hospital's chief operating officer since 2018, Kinsella has been responsible for operational issues with a focus on safety and positive clinical outcomes for patients.
"Kathleen is a shining example of our mission to serve with the greatest care and love and I am thrilled to welcome her into her new role as president of OSF Little Company of Mary,” said AJ Querciagrossa, chief executive officer, Metro Region, OSF HealthCare.
Kinsella is credited with leading the successful transition of Little Company of Mary to OSF Healthcare in February. OSF Healthcare is an integrated health system owned and operated by The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis, headquartered in Peoria. OSF Healthcare employs nearly 21,000 employees in 126 locations. With the addition of Little Company, OSF Healthcare now runs 14 hospitals.
A contract was signed on Oct. 7 for Little Company of Mary to merge with OSF HealthCare. The official contract for the merger was signed on Feb. 1.
Kinsella has more than 30 years health care experience in ambulatory and hospital medicine consulting and implementing solutions for operational, financial, quality and regulatory issues in varied professional environments. She received her bachelor of science in occupational health and safety education from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and a master of science in health care administration from the University of St. Francis.
Evergreen Park Mayor James Sexton said he was confident that Little Company is going in the right direction despite the economic difficulties that the coronavirus has caused.
"The line of communication (with Little Company) has never been better," the mayor said.
Sexton said that the merger with Little Company and OSF HealthCare was beneficial because nurses from central Illinois volunteered to assist at the Evergreen Park facility when cases of COVID-19 began to escalate. The nurses all work for OSF Healthcare and they wanted to help, just less than a month when the agreement to merge with Little Company became official.
"It is just amazing how this all came together," Sexton said. "What a really great job they have done over here. I can't say it enough. They have really stepped up."