Effective January 21, 2013, Michael Higgins accepted the new position of Executive Director, Research, Education and Innovation.
In this new role Mike provides leadership and business oversight for the centralized research structure and the Center for Innovation Management of OSF Healthcare System.
Mike most recently served as the Executive Director of Business Development for OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, having transitioned to that position following his 12-month special assignment as the Interim President of Children’s Hospital of Illinois at OSF Saint Francis.
Mike earned his bachelor's degree from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. He was recognized by InterBusiness Issues Magazine as one of the “40 Leaders Under 40 in the Greater Peoria Area” and is a graduate of the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce Community Leadership School.
On December 3, 2012, Robert Brandfass joined OSF Healthcare System as a Senior Vice President of Legal Services. He works very closely with Vance Parkhurst who will continue to lead and be responsible for all the legal services in OSF until his planned retirement at the end of September 2013.
Robert came to OSF from West Penn Allegheny Health System, Inc. in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he served as the Executive Vice President and General Counsel since early 2011.
Between 1998 and 2011, Robert worked for West Virginia United Health System, Inc. (WVUHS), initially as the General Counsel from 1998 to 2003 and then as both the Vice President and General Counsel for its flagship hospital, West Virginia University Hospitals, Inc. and the General Counsel for WVUHS.
He graduated from Ripon College in Wisconsin and earned his JD in 1986 with honors from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland.