FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 27, 2012

Ryan Spain Appointed Director of Government Relations

We are very pleased to announce that Ryan Spain has accepted the position of Director of Government Relations and will be starting September 10th.  As the Director of Government Relations, Ryan will be responsible for working directly with state and city legislators/officials and regulatory agencies to promote the Mission, Values, Values, policies and interests of OSF HealthCare.  Additionally, he will prepare analyses and position papers on proposed legislation for OSF including for individual OSF hospitals.  Ryan will be the primary OSF contact person with trade associations such as the Illinois Hospital Association (IHA), to develop issues for lobbying and corresponding strategies for success

As a registered lobbyist for OSF, he will be the primary contact with local legislators.  Ryan is expected to attend hearings on legislation in Springfield and schedule meetings with legislators as needed, both in the district and in the capitol.  As the Director of Government Relations, Ryan will have a dual reporting relationship to Kevin Schoeplein, CEO, OSF HealthCare and Tara Canty, Senior Vice President of Government Relations, and will be a resource to leadership across OSF.

Ryan comes to us from the Heartland Partnership where he served as Vice President of Development.  A lifelong Peorian, he attended District 150 schools and is a Richwoods High School alumnus.  He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a double degree in political science and communications.  Ryan also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Bradley University. 

In April 2007, Ryan was elected to the Peoria City Council as the youngest at-large member in Peoria history.  He and his wife, Ashley, live in Peoria. During his free time, Ryan plays the drums and has performed at jazz festivals in Europe.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
James G. Farrell, Senior Vice President - Marketing & Communications
(309) 677-0767