Woods Resigns as Hospital Administrator


Published on September 7 2012 4:32 pm
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

After 12 years of service with Hospital Sisters Health System, Dan Woods has announced his resignation as President and CEO of St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.  Effective immediately, Mark Reifsteck, HSHS Southern Illinois Division President and CEO, will serve as interim President and CEO, while a search committee recruits a new President and CEO for St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital.  St. Anthony’s is part of the Southern Illinois Division of HSHS.


Reifsteck commented, “St. Anthony’s current leadership is committed to continuing the mission and care to patients that has been the hallmark of St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital.”

During Woods’ tenure at St. Anthony’s, the hospital was recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of 100 Hospitals with Great Orthopedic Programs; its Wound Healing Center was recognized as one of 24 wound care center in the U.S. to receive the Center of Excellence Award from Diversified Clinical Services for quality care and patient satisfaction; and the hospital was recognized by Practice Greenhealth for its efforts to create a better, safer and greener work place.

A statement released today read, "Hospital Sisters Health System and St. Anthony’s leadership are grateful for Dan Woods’ leadership over the past 12 years and wish him and his wife Angela the best in their future endeavors."

Dan Woods also released a statement late Friday afternoon.  It reads as follows:

"I resigned today from my role as President and Chief Executive Officer of St.
Anthony’s Memorial Hospital.

Angela and I have discussed this for many months. Today I met with Hospital Sisters’ Health System executives and we agreed that some of the direction needed at St. Anthony’s going forward would benefit from different leadership.

I do not have another job or specific business planned at this time. While I served as President for St. Anthony’s I gave that a 100% commitment. My responsibility was to do what’s best for the hospital. Choosing to move on now will allow me to focus on our family’s next adventure.

I have many options thanks to the great experiences I’ve been blessed with so far in my career. Health Care is beginning a dramatic change with much opportunity. The strong entrepreneurial spirit in Effingham is an added benefit.

I am grateful and humbled to have served with the Hospital Sisters in this ministry to heal with the compassion and love of Jesus. The wonderful people at St. Anthony’s; the employees, volunteers and community leaders on the Boards and the talented doctors will continue that success.

The success that brings me the most joy is that each day we cared for each person with compassion and high quality health care while we became a Regional Medical Center for East Central Illinois.

Collaborating with Prairie Cardiology Consultants to create the Prairie Heart Institute at St. Anthony’s was one huge accomplishment to assure the foundation of world-class heart care services for this 12-county region. From a facility standpoint, over the past 12 years, we’ve essentially built a new hospital on the inside of the beautiful historic landmark of Effingham.

In some of health care’s most challenging economic times we have secured a solid future for St. Anthony’s for the next 40 years and beyond. This includes a new generation of health care professionals thanks to the Health Occupations and Scholarship programs."