OSF St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group

Escanaba, Michigan


David Lord, President & CEO

Dave LordDave Lord Dave assumed the role of President & CEO for OSF St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group in 2013.

Born at OSF St. Francis Hospital and raised in Escanaba, he is a graduate of Escanaba Area High School. He received his undergraduate degree from Northern Michigan University, where he also has completed coursework toward a Master of Public Administration degree.

Dave began his career in 1996 in the Information Technology Department.

He later served as manager of planning and decision support before being named vice president of operations in 2004, overseeing laboratory, medical imaging, respiratory therapy, rehabilitation services, dietary services, plant operations, community relations, development and IT.

He is a member of the board of directors for Catholic Social Services of the Upper Peninsula, the Delta County Economic Development Alliance and the Northern Lights YMCA.  He is a founding member of the Bay College Technology Degree Program and serves as a volunteer for various youth sports.

“I was born and raised here, so I’m both excited and humbled by the opportunity to serve the people I love and a community that is near and dear to my heart.” It is also the community where Dave and his wife, Kristin, continue to raise their three children.

Dave’s enthusiasm for the hospital is matched only by his love for the outdoors, of which there is an abundance.  “Boating and fishing are among my favorite activities, as well has heading up to the woods to ride a four-wheeler. This area is fabulous all four seasons.”

Joy Hopkins - Vice President, Patient Care Services

Joy HopkinsJoy Hopkins Joy spent her early years in the Red Wing, Minnesota area, which is "remarkably similar to Escanaba except we enjoyed the Mississippi River instead of Lake Michigan."

During her high school years, she moved to the Chicago, Illinois area and spent most of her adult life moving from one Navy port to another. "Of all the places I have visited or lived, I prefer the friendliness and beauty of the Escanaba area."

After two years in the U.S. Navy, Joy won an NROTC scholarship to Marquette University in Milwaukee and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences degree in 1983. She resigned her Navy commission in 1991 to pursue her nursing degree at George Mason University in Virginia. Upon graduation from the nursing program, Joy found herself drawn back to service and rejoined the Navy as a nurse.

It was only natural for Joy to continue her service to the greater good by joining the OSF St. Francis family. "I am delighted to serve the Escanaba community and OSF as the Vice President of Patient Care Services. OSF HealthCare has a strong tradition in quality health care, an industry that is more challenge every day. We will need creative and innovative leadership to sustain us and to honor our Mission of serving persons with the greatest care and love in a community that celebrates the Gift of Life."

Joy's husband, Dennis, is a retired Navy captain and high school teacher. They have two grown daughters, Bethany and Stacy, who both live and work in the area. In her free, Joy enjoys kayaking, cross country skiing and walking her three Beagle mix dogs.

Fred Wagner - Vice President, CFO

Fred WagnerFred Wagner Fred Wagner began his career with OSF St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group in 1989, progressing from manager of accounting to CFO. He developed a passion for numbers and accounting in his first year of college and says he enjoys budgeting and forecasting “more than any sane person should.” But the best part of his job, he maintains, is helping others.

“Bills, particularly health care bills, can be very confusing. There’s a lot of anxiety when you don’t know whether you’re receiving an invoice or a statement, when payment is due or even if it’s due. It’s very rewarding when I can sit with people, help them understand the process and relieve some of that anxiety.”

Born in lower Michigan, Fred moved to the Upper Peninsula as a senior in high school and graduated from Escanaba Area High School. He attended Bay College before transferring to Northern Michigan University, where he received a bachelor of science degree in accounting. He worked in the community mental health field in Monroe and Schoolcraft counties before finding his way to OSF in 1989. His mother, Ruth Wagner, had also worked for OSF, retiring as the manager of surgical services in 1990.

“When I first started at the Hospital, I was known as ‘Ruthie’s boy.’ Later, when she retired and started volunteering at the Hospital as part of the Auxiliary, they called her ‘Fred’s mom.’”

The health care industry also led Fred to his wife, Mary, who works at St. Francis as manager of the business office. Together they enjoy traveling, antiquing, watching movies, camping and spending time with their children, grandchildren and dogs. Fred is active in his church and volunteers his time at various fundraising events that have supported the OSF Foundation, the American Red Cross and other local charities. He said he enjoys working for the Sisters and finds his job as rewarding, challenging and complex as he did 26 years ago.

“I like that my job is never boring. With new rules and regulations, the health care environment is constantly changing. It makes it difficult to plan for the future, but I like the challenge of trying to predict what changes will be coming and planning different scenarios to address them.”

Kelly Jefferson, Vice President, Operations

Kelly JeffersonKelly Jefferson

Kelly began her career with OSF Healthcare in 1998, progressing from a registered nurse at the bedside to vice president of operations. She has worked in several areas across the OSF Healthcare System including OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, IL, as a registered nurse in general pediatrics and in neonatal intensive care and as a registered nurse and 6 sigma black belt for OSF Medical Group in Peoria, IL. In 2007, shey accepted a master black belt position at OSF St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group and moved her family to Escanaba, MI.

“Prior to moving here, my family and I had vacationed in the Upper Peninsula for many years and had fallen in love with the area. When the opportunity presented itself, we jumped at the chance to make the move. We consider it a tremendous blessing to live here.”

A native of Canton, Ill., she received her nursing diploma from Graham Hospital School of Nursing in Canton, IL and a Master of Science in Nursing from Walden University.

Experience working in clinical care and performance improvement has enabled her to develop an in-depth understanding of many aspects of the healthcare delivery system. This knowledge has contributed to her ability to plan and effectively execute on key systems and processes.

“I enjoy learning new things and taking on new challenges. This job provides endless opportunities for both. I love what I do and consider it a privilege to serve with the Sisters in providing healthcare in our community.”

Kelly lives in Gladstone with her husband, Brett, daughter, Olivia, and two dogs. When not working, she enjoys engaging in outdoor recreations with her family including hiking, backpacking, kayaking, biking and snowshoeing. Kelly is also active in her local church and enjoys volunteering at various fundraising events and local charities.