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SwedishAmerican Names Don Daniels Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and Announces Senior Leadership Changes

January 13, 2014

SwedishAmerican Health System has named Don Daniels executive vice president and chief operating officer. Daniels is responsible for directing and overseeing the operations of various corporations within the health system including SwedishAmerican Hospital, SwedishAmerican Medical Group, SwedishAmerican Health Management and SwedishAmerican Regional Services. Daniels, who previously served as vice president of medical group clinic management, succeeds Rich Walsh, who has retired from the chief operating officer position he held since 1994.

Dr. Thomas Schiller, president of SwedishAmerican Medical Group, will assume much of Don Daniels’ former vice president of medical group clinic management role, but also will continue to oversee SwedishAmerican's employed physician group.

Julia Zimmerman, vice president, SwedishAmerican Medical Group and regional development, has assumed Daniels’ former regional development responsibilities.

In addition, SwedishAmerican recently named Sheryl Johnson as chief information officer. She succeeds Phil Wasson, who has been appointed CEO of TriRivers Health Partners, a regional information technology joint venture between SwedishAmerican and FHN in Freeport.

As previously announced, Dr. Michael Born has succeeded Dr. Kathleen Kelly as chief medical officer and chief quality officer. Dr. Kelly has transitioned to the newly created role of chief clinical integration officer. In her new position, Dr. Kelly has the primary responsibility to ensure operational and clinical efficiencies across all levels of care to achieve cost-effectiveness with optimal health outcomes. She will collaborate across the continuum of care working with key partners both inside and outside the organization, including long-term care facilities, home health agencies, medical groups and insurers.

About SwedishAmerican Health System

SwedishAmerican is a not-for-profit, locally governed healthcare system, headquartered in Rockford, Illinois. The health system is comprised of two hospitals, a free-standing outpatient cancer center, 30 clinics, a home health care agency, and a foundation.

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