Franciscan Alliance Announces Executive Changes; Northern Indiana Division Board of Directors
MISHAWAKA, Indiana - New board members and corporate leadership changes have been announced by Kevin Leahy, Franciscan Alliance president and chief executive officer. Appointments to the Franciscan Alliance Northern Indiana Division Board of Directors include:
- Kevin Keough, of Crown Point, a co-owner of Keough Mechanical Corp. in Merrillville. Keough has had a long relationship with Franciscan Health Crown Point, having served as a member of its Capital Campaign Committee, which raised millions of dollars to expand and improve hospital services. He also serves on the Franciscan Health Foundation of Northern Indiana, another fund-raising group. Regarding his board appointment, Keough said, "I was honored and humbled to be considered the board position for the Franciscan Alliance Northern Division. I look forward to assisting the Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration and Franciscan Alliance in achieving their goals and business success."
- Carey Ransone, MD, of Long Beach, who has been a practicing urologist for 21 years, is on the medical staff at Franciscan Health Michigan City. He also is president and CEO of Progressive Urology PC in LaPorte and Michigan City. The Detroit native came to Northwest Indiana in 1996 after receiving his specialty training at the University of Illinois at Chicago. "I was truly honored to be considered for the board; I was truly touched," Dr. Ransone said. "I am a champion for equality and I live by the adage to treat people the way I want to be treated – as family, and I pray that I can uphold the responsibilities of this critical position," Dr. Ransone said.
- Ebenezer Tayui, MD, of Flossmoor, Illinois, a 29-year anesthesiology specialist, who joined Franciscan Alliance in 2003 and is on staff at Franciscan Health Dyer, Hammond and Munster. "I am humbled and excited to join the board," he said. "I have been in medical leadership for 15 years, serving as medical director of anesthesiology." He said his goal is to provide insight into clinical changes providers face and propose solutions. "I also hope to learn how the system functions on a global scale, which will allow me to partner with other leaders to find ways to cope with the constantly evolving healthcare industry."
- Rick Urschel, of Valparaiso, is president and chief executive officer for Urschel Laboratories. Urschel is the fourth generation to lead the family business, which has an international reputation for success in food processing innovation. It is a world leader in the designing, manufacturing and selling of precision food-cutting equipment. The company's equipment is used by every major food processing manufacturer in the United States and in more than 120 countries worldwide. "I was rather humbled to be considered for the appointment and plan to offer any help and support I can during my appointment," Urschel said.
Leadership promotions include the appointment of Barbara Anderson, president and CEO of Franciscan Health Crown Point, to the corporate position of senior vice president, operational transformation; while Daniel McCormick, MD, hospital vice president of medical affairs, has been named president and CEO.
Anderson, of Schererville, will lead a group of Franciscan management team members to transform the way care is delivered, eliminate unnecessary costs, and establish a sustainable methodology to monitor and control costs in the future, according to Leahy. Anderson, who has held numerous management and leadership positions, started her Franciscan career on the accounting staff at St. Margaret Hospital in Hammond. Later, she became executive vice president and chief operating officer at St. Margaret campuses in Hammond and Dyer in 2004, and then accepted the president's position at Franciscan Health Munster, where she served in that capacity for eight years before being transferred to Crown Point as president/CEO in July of 2015.
Dr. McCormick, of Frankfort, Illinois, received a bachelor of science degree in molecular biology from the University of Wisconsin, a doctor of medicine degree from the University of Illinois, and completed an Internal medicine residency fellowship (chief resident) at the University of Minnesota. He also completed a nephrology fellowship at Northwestern University, and received a master of business administration degree from the University of Notre Dame. In 2011, he joined Franciscan Health as the president of Specialty Physicians of Illinois, LLC and Franciscan Physician Network of Illinois, before being named vice president of medical affairs in Crown Point in 2014.
"I am confident that Barb will be successful in assisting Franciscan Alliance achieve the operational transformation necessary to succeed in today's ever-changing healthcare environment," Leahy said. "And, I am equally confident that Dr. McCormick will step into the CEO role in Crown Point and do an excellent job in continuing to improve the quality of care for that community for years to come."