Kelly Jefferson, President
Kelly began her career with OSF HealthCare in 1998, progressing from a registered nurse at the bedside to president. 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 the neonatal intensive care unit. She transitioned from direct patient care to a position as a 6 sigma black belt for OSF Medical Group in Peoria, IL. In 2007, she 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 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, Illinois, she received her nursing diploma from Graham Hospital School of Nursing in Canton and a Master of Science in Nursing from Walden University.
In 2015, Kelly moved into the vice president of operations role. Her experience working in clinical care and performance improvement helped her develop an in-depth understanding of many aspects of the health care delivery system. This knowledge contributed to her ability to plan and effectively execute on key systems and processes and made for a successful transition into the position. In January 2022, Kelly made another successful transition, assuming the role of president.
“I am always ready to take on new challenges and have been so fortunate throughout my career with OSF to grow and take on new positions. I truly consider it a privilege to serve with the Sisters in providing health care in our community.”
Kelly lives in Gladstone with her husband, Brett, daughter, Olivia, and two dogs. When not working, she enjoys engaging in outdoor recreation activities 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 charity events.
Lacey Crabb, Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer
Lacey was born and raised in the Upper Peninsula and graduated from Marquette High School. She earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan, where she went on to complete her Master of Science in Nursing.
Lacey began her career as a registered nurse and became a nurse practitioner in 2008. She spent nine years serving as a nurse practitioner hospitalist and later served as the chief hospitalist with Sound Physicians, overseeing all hospitalist services at OSF St. Francis Hospital.
“Originally I planned to begin my career in a rural hospital and then move on to something larger. I quickly realized my previous notion that bigger means better was just not a reality. I fell in love with rural health care and knew I was meant to stay at OSF St. Francis.”
With strong leadership skills and a positive rapport with nursing staff at OSF, it was only natural for Lacey to continue serving OSF patients in a new capacity. “I am proud to serve this community and OSF HealthCare as the Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services. I have the utmost respect for the nurses and care teams I get to collaborate with each day and am passionate about living out our Mission together for the benefit of our patients.”
Lacey resides in Escanaba with her husband Jason. They enjoy traveling in the winter and spending time in the summer at their camp with family. Lacey enjoys biking, hiking, paddle boarding and cross-country skiing.
Kayla Weise, Director of Entity Finance
As director of entity finance, Kayla is responsible for day-to-day leadership, influence and support to the people and processes that drive business performance for the Escanaba region. She provides leadership for the deployment of Ministry strategies focused on affordability and sustainability. She also leverages Ministry financial planning and analysis, health analytics and other resources to lead and perform analysis and activities that are necessary to support OSF St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group leaders in achieving performance targets.
Kayla joined OSF from Munson HealthCare in Traverse City, Michigan where she worked most recently in Clinical and Business Intelligence (CBI) as a financial analytics program manager. She has also held roles as a business intelligence analyst. Prior to beginning her career at Munson Healthcare, Kayla was a Mission Partner at OSF Home Care Services for four years, in which she held roles as a senior accountant and later as a financial analyst. Leading up to her time at OSF HealthCare, Kayla worked in various accounting positions after graduating from Saginaw Valley State University with a bachelor degree in business administration.
“I like that my job is never boring. With new rules and regulations, the health care environment is constantly changing.”
Kayla, her husband and three children are proud to make Escanaba home.
Michelle Miron, Director of Physician Offices
Michelle returned to OSF in June 2021 with a 24-year history with the organization. She began as an LPN in 1998, became an RN in 1995 and a clinical supervisor in the Ambulatory Care Unit in 2001 before assuming the position of patient care manager for the unit.
She went on to serve as the director of nursing at Grandview Hospital (now Aspirus) in Ironwood from 2012 to 2014. Most recently she served as the infection prevention specialist for the past two years and prior to that was the manager of the Emergency Department and Convenience Care Clinic for five years at Dickinson County Healthcare System.
Michelle's longevity in health care as well as diverse work and leadership experience make her well suited for her current position. She is responsible for the operational and administrative oversight of the OSF St. Francis Medical Group practices.
Michelle earned a Master of Science in Nursing Administration from Walden University. In addition, her educational background also includes a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Northern Michigan University as well as an Associate of Applied Science degree in Nursing from Bay College.
“I enjoy working with clinicians to solve challenges that improve the care of our patients and the community we serve. It makes it all the more special to do this here in this community.”