Updated: Presence hospitals leadership changes

Updated: Presence hospitals leadership changes

Mike Brown, a registered nurse with three decades of leadership experience in the health care field, will spend his last day on the job as regional president and CEO for Presence Covenant Medical Center and Presence Covenant United Samaritans Medical Center Friday, he said.

He has been named the new regional president and CEO of Presence Mercy Medical Center, Aurora, and Presence St. Joseph Hospital, Elgin.

Dr. Jared Rogers, the chief medical officer at Covenant and United Samaritans, will succeed Brown as president and CEO on an interim basis.

Brown first came to United Samaritans in 2005 as chief nurse executive and chief operating officer, took over leadership of United Samaritans three years later, and in 2011 became the regional president and CEO of both that hospital and Covenant.

Brown also recently took over management of Iroquois Memorial Medical Center under a management agreement between that hospital and Presence Health.

"Mike's broad clinical and leadership expertise coupled with his collaborative leadership style will serve Presence Mercy Medical Center and Presence St. Joseph Hospital well," said Presence Health's President and CEO Sandra Bruce.

Brown replaces Maureen Bryant, who announced her resignation earlier this week, according to Presence Health.

Brown says he is moving to a more competitive hospital market for Presence Health, the state's largest Catholic health care system.

His years in Urbana and Danville have included the construction of a new birthing center at Covenant and a women's health center and remodeled cancer center at United Samaritans and computers in private patient rooms.

"We've provided some financial stability. We've improved the quality of service. We've improved the patients' experience," he said. "We clearly have changed our physical presentation by helping modernize some areas of the ministries to help them present better."

Rogers, who is board certified in family medicine, joined Presence Covenant in 2011 as its chief medical officer and later took on that job for both hospitals. He also spent more than 20 years as an officer in the Army Medical Corps, according to Presence Health.

Brown said he's had the opportunity to work with Rogers for the past two-and-a-half years.

"I think Jared is a very capable leader," he said.

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