Paula A. Carynski, President, OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center
Paula Carynski joined OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in 1985 and became its president in July 2013 after serving as vice president of Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer since 1999.
Previously, Ms. Carynski served in many capacities at OSF Saint Anthony including director of Nursing Operations, director of Regional Heart Institute, director of Neuroscience Institute and director of Cardiovascular Services. A graduate of Saint Anthony College of Nursing and Rockford College, Ms. Carynski earned a Master’s of Science in Nursing Administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Her professional development includes participating in the OSF Leadership Academy where Ms. Carynski was selected as one of 10 executives within the OSF system demonstrating superior leadership characteristics and a capacity for growth.
A member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives and American College of Healthcare Executives, Ms. Carynski is board certified in Nursing Administration by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and has been honored with the Distinguished Nurse Advocate Award by the Illinois Nurses Association District 3.
She is actively involved in Rockford community activities, serving such organizations as Rosecrance, the Rockford Health Council and American Heart Association.
In 2014 Ms. Carynski received the Business Leadership Award from the YWCA of Rockford and she is one of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce’s People You Should Know.
Suzanne Fischer, Vice President, Ambulatory and Procedural Services
Suzanne Fischer, RN, MSN, joined OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center as vice president, Ambulatory and Procedural Services in June, 2019.
Suzanne is accountable for leading the strategic planning and development of ambulatory clinical programs at OSF Saint Anthony. She also identifies new business development opportunities, build and lead the development of the new clinical ambulatory programs and advise on long-term growth and positioning strategies.
She came to OSF Saint Anthony from Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, where she served as executive director of the primary and urgent care division. She was operationally responsible for 28 primary care and seven urgent care sites throughout southeastern Wisconsin. Throughout her career, Suzanne has held leadership roles pertaining to the operations of primary and specialty care practices, in addition to serving in clinical roles.
Suzanne received her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin. She went on to receive both her Masters of Science in nursing and Master of Health Administration from the University of Saint Francis.
Tammie Jones, Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer
Tammie Jones, DNP, MS, RN, SENP, joined OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center as vice president, patient care services/chief nursing officer in July 2018.
In her role, Tammie is accountable for providing leadership, guidance and administrative oversight to areas of responsibility through strategic planning, and developing nursing policy and procedures, standards of patient care and nursing practice.
Tammie has 32 years of executive leadership skill specializing in nursing operations, business development, creative visioning and problem solving.
She came to OSF from Presence Saint Joseph Hospital in Chicago, where she served as chief nursing officer. She brings additional experience through her extensive clinical background in oncology, cardiology, surgical services, rehabilitation, and behavioral health services.
Tammie received her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Ill. She completed her Master of Science in nursing from DePaul University in Chicago and went on to obtain her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Rush University in Chicago.
Kerry Hill, Chief Financial Officer
Kerry Hill became chief financial officer at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in December of 2016.
In his role he will be responsible for providing leadership to the people and processes that support and drive business performance at OSF Saint Anthony. He will also proactively provide entity-level financial analysis, monitor productivity of assets and resources, and monitor and advise the medical center team on unit costs and total cost of care.
Before joining OSF, Kerry served as the chief financial officer for Vista Health System and also held a role of corporate vice president of finance at Rockford Health System.
He received his bachelor’s degree in aeronautical science from Embry-Riddle University in Daytona Beach, Florida. He also earned his master’s degree in Business Administration from Rockford College (now Rockford University).
Kerry also has over 20 years of work experience in the health care field in and around Rockford.