OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center

Rockford, Illinois


Paula A. Carynski, President, OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center

Paula Carynski 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.     

Karen C. Brown, Vice President, Operations 

Karen Brown Ms. Brown was named vice president, chief operating officer of OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in January 2014.

Working at OSF since 1998, Brown was first director of Human Resources for OSF Saint Anthony in Rockford and OSF Saint Joseph in Belvidere and more recently vice president of Human Resources and Operations for OSF Saint Anthony.

Brown earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Personnel Management from Truman State University (formerly Northeast Missouri State University) in Kirksville, Mo., and her Master’s in Business Administration from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill.

She is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and is a Senior Professional in Human Resources through the Certification Institute of the Society for Human Resource Management.

Brown’s community involvement includes board memberships with the YWCA of Rockford, Northwest Illinois Workforce Alliance, Byron Chamber of Commerce and the Discovery Center Museum. She also works with the Rockford Chamber of Commerce, Alignment Rockford and the Go Red for Women Executive Leader Luncheon Committee.

Ms. Brown is one of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce’s People You Should Know. 

Harneet Bath, MD, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Harneet Bath Dr. Bath became vice president and chief medical officer at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in 2014.

Prior to joining OSF, Dr. Bath worked at Emanuel Medical Center in Turlock, Calif., where he served as the regional medical director for Valley Emergency Physicians and the medical director for their hospitalist program. He has extensive experience working with quality initiatives and performance measures.

Bath was also instrumental in getting approval of four residency programs at Emanuel Medical Center. He earned his Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery degree at Government Medical College in Amritsar, Punjab, India, and completed his internal medicine residency at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown, Ohio.

Robin Kretschman, RN, Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer

Kretschman Robin 4x6.jpg Robin Kretschman moved to Illinois and joined OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in June 2016.

Most recently her role was with Ministry Healthcare, a part of Ascension Health, in Marshfield, Wisconsin, as the vice president of patient care services of Saint Joseph Medical Center, Saint Joseph Children’s Hospital, Our Lady of Victory perioperative services and the Ministry Spirit medical transportation services.

Prior to that she was the system vice president of nursing excellence for Mercy Health System, a catholic system that spans fours states, that is based in Chesterfield, Missouri.

As a registered nurse, she has a background in cardiovascular and neurology/neuro-surgical critical care and has an additional board certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center which certifies and recognizes her experience and knowledge as a master prepared nurse executive.

She earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in nursing degrees from Florida State University and Master of Business Administration, Healthcare from George Washington University.

Robin’s nursing research and publications are focused on implementing evidence-based practice.

Her work has received national recognition from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses for Excellence in Caring Practice. 

Kerry Hill, Chief Financial Officer 

Kerry Hill.jpg 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.