OSF Saint Elizabeth Medical Center President and CEO Robert Chaffin will retire from his post effective Friday, March 20, 2015. Chaffin started in 1989 as vice president of finance under Bob Schmelter. He has served in his current role for the past decade. Ken Beutke will serve as the hospital's interim president starting Monday, March 23rd.
Chaffin is proud of what has been accomplished in his time at OSF Saint Elizabeth. Some of the highlights include the addition of the 1050 Medical Office Building, expansion of the radiology department and the construction of a facility for outpatient behavioral health services. OSF Saint Elizabeth also acquired the Ottawa Medical Center and expanded primary care offerings to Marseilles, opened an immediate care facility, and adopted countless new technologies in Chaffin's time.
Of course the greatest leap in recent years was the Ottawa-based hospital’s integration into OSF HealthCare in 2012. The past three years have seen the arrival of new doctors and mid-level providers, a new electronic medical record, brand new sleep center and the revamped hospitalist program. Not to mention the e-ICU and OSF myHealth.
In the interim, Beutke will direct all internal operations of the medical center to ensure the organization continues to operate with clinical excellence and in a fiscally responsible manner to optimally fulfill the strategy of OSF HealthCare.
Beutke started with OSF Saint James Hospital in Pontiac in 1995 as the director of rehabilitation services. For the past 17 years, he has served as the vice president of organizational development and planning for OSF Saint James — John W. Albrecht Medical Center.
"I am blessed to be called to serve in this capacity and grateful for the opportunity," Beutke said when he accepted his new position. "I look forward to working with our Mission Partners at OSF Saint Elizabeth Medical Center to advance our mission and to serve the communities of the (Interstate 80) region."
Beutke will bring many assets of administrative leadership. These skills include human resources, organizational development and education/training, strategic planning, marketing and communication, performance improvement, foundation/development, volunteer services, rehabilitation services, early intervention and developmental therapy and occupational health and wellness.
Beutke was selected to lead ministry-wide initiatives during the past few years, including the most recent project of deploying the IC2it Culture of Accountability to all of OSF's Mission Partners. Additionally, Beutke has led the efforts to develop a ministry strategy for leadership development and to transform Supply Chain Management from an entity-specific operating model to a health care system operating model.
Beutke earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Illinois State University — both in speech-language pathology. Later he completed a master's program in health services administration with the University of St. Francis. He has maintained his speech-language pathologist license from the Illinois Department of Professional Regulations.
Beutke is involved in his community, including serving as a charter member and an executive committee member of the Livingston County Children's Network and as a charter member of Leadership Livingston County. He has served as an examiner for the Lincoln Foundation for Performance Excellence.
Beutke is married to Mary and they have three children, Kyle, Kirk and Megan.