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St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese gets new leader

Chris Klay
Chris Klay

St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese is getting a new leader.

Chris Klay was recently appointed to serve as president and CEO of the hospital.

Klay, who was hired by the Hospital Sisters Health System in 2009, currently serves as division director of rehabilitation services for the system’s Western Wisconsin Division.

“I am honored for the opportunity to join the dedicated colleagues, medical staff members and volunteers at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Breese, in their successful work and look forward to serving the community of Breese and Clinton County,” Klay stated in a news release.

He takes over for Paulette Evans, who was president and CEO for three years. Amy Ballance has served as interim president and CEO since June 1.

Klay has a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Ohio University and a master’s in physical therapy from the College of St. Scholastica in Minnesota.

He started his career as a physical therapist before accepting a leadership role at Cumberland Memorial Hospital in Wisconsin.

“Mr. Klay has shown to be a proven leader in the HSHS Western Wisconsin Division, and we look forward to him bringing his leadership skills to St. Joseph’s in Breese,” Jim Dover, HSHS Southern Illinois Division President and CEO, stated in a news release.

Klay will start his new position on Sept. 18.

This marks the third time a new CEO has been named at HSHS hospitals in Southern Illinois in recent years.

A year ago, John Ludwig was named president and CEO of St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland.

The former president and CEO of St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland, Peggy A. Sebastian, took over as president and CEO of St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville in January 2016.

HSHS is currently constructing a $253 million replacement hospital for St. Elizabeth’s in O’Fallon. It’s expected to open on Nov. 4.

Jamie Forsythe: 618-239-2562, @BND_JForsythe