OSF HealthCare and the Governing Board of The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis are pleased to announce Michael Cruz, MD has been selected to serve as President of OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, the Ministry’s flagship hospital in Peoria, IL.
Dr. Cruz replaces Keith Steffen who is retiring in January after 34 years with OSF HealthCare, the last 18 as President and CEO of OSF Saint Francis. Dr. Cruz officially begins his new duties Jan. 26, 2015 but will work closely with Mr. Steffen during this time of transition.
Dr. Cruz started with OSF Saint Francis in 1987 as a resident in the emergency medicine program. He was hired as an emergency medicine attending physician in 1990, was vice chairman of the department for a decade, and continues there in a limited role to stay better connected with caregivers and patients. In September 2007, Dr. Cruz was appointed Vice President, Quality & Safety for OSF Saint Francis and began serving as the Associate Chief Medical Officer. He chairs the OSF Saint Francis Quality & Safety Board and the OSF Saint Francis Professional Staff Quality Improvement Committee.
As President of OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Dr. Cruz will ensure the organization operates with the highest clinical excellence and compassionate care while being fiscally responsible, to fulfill the Mission of the OSF HealthCare Ministry.
“I am honored to accept this position and thank the Sisters, Mr. Keith Steffen, and Ministry executives for entrusting me with this key leadership role at OSF Saint Francis,” said Dr. Cruz in accepting the position. “There are many new challenges ahead in health care, but as long as we follow the Sisters’ Mission, we will succeed.”
Dr. Cruz earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois, Champaign – Urbana and medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine – Chicago. He has been involved with research projects at the University of Illinois College of Medicine – Peoria and three times was named outstanding UICOMP teacher. Additionally, Dr. Cruz serves on the OSF Saint Francis and Community Institutional Review Boards and is a board member for the Saint Francis Community Clinic and Easter Seals. Dr. Cruz, his wife, Donna, and their three children live in Peoria and are members of Holy Family Parish.