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Chief nurse at St. Joseph’s Hospital named interim CEO

Beth Govero
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Hospital Sisters Health System announced Tuesday the appointment of Beth Govero as interim president and CEO of St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland.

“I am honored and humbled to have been invited to serve and support St. Joseph’s Hospital during the search for our next CEO,” said Govero, who will assume her new role of being in charge of the hospital’s daily operations and leadership effective Monday. “I am excited about this opportunity and look forward to working with our colleagues and physicians to continue the outstanding care we provide for our patients and community.”

Govero steps into her the post after Hospital Sisters Health System announced in December that St. Joseph’s current CEO Peggy Sebastian was going to become the new president and CEO of St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville. Both hospitals are owned by HSHS.

As the president and CEO of St. Joseph’s Hospital since 2009, Sebastian oversaw the facility’s capital construction project to relocate, build and open the $63 million replacement hospital and medical office building. She takes over at St. Elizabeth’s at a time when that facility is also in construction mode. St. Elizabeth’s won approval from the state to relocate from Belleville to a new $253 million campus medical campus along Interstate 64 and Green Mount Road in O’Fallon. Construction of the new facility is ongoing with completion expected at the end of 2017.

Govero has more than 15 years of nursing and leadership experience and currently serves as chief nursing officer of St. Joseph’s. She has led patient care services and improved staffing initiatives and colleague engagement. Under her guidance, St. Joseph’s was recognized as one of only five hospitals statewide during the Illinois Hospital Association Institute for Innovations in Care and Quality’s 2015 Quality Excellence Achievement Awards.

Govero previously served as the director of nursing operations at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville, nurse director for surgery services with Barnes-Jewish Hospital, and adjunct faculty at the Goldfarb School of Nursing in St. Louis. She holds a master of science in healthcare and nursing administration and is a certified medical-surgical nurse. She is Lean Six Sigma Certified and is a doctoral candidate at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Govero will serve in the interim role while HSHS and the St. Joseph’s Board of Directors’ Search Advisory Committee conduct a search for a permanent president and CEO.