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Ludwig Appointed President and CEO of HSHS St. Joseph's Hospital - Highland

John A. Ludwig, President and CEO of HSHS St. Joseph's Hospital – HighlandSPRINGFIELD, IL – Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) today announced that John A. Ludwig, MHA, RN, has accepted an invitation to serve as the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland, Illinois. Ludwig will begin his new role on Mon., Sept. 19, 2016.

“With more than 28 years of successful healthcare management experience, John’s leadership will advance our state-of-the-art capabilities at St. Joseph’s - Highland, and expand access to compassionate care throughout the surrounding areas,” said Mary Starmann-Harrison, Hospital Sisters Health System President and CEO.

“John understands the needs of our patients, the community, and our vision for Southern Illinois and the Metro East region,” said Jim Dover, HSHS Division President and CEO. “His decades of clinical and administration experience at progressive hospitals throughout the Midwest and east coast will benefit our patients and colleagues, and will build upon our strong foundation at St. Joseph’s.”

Ludwig most recently was the Chief Operating Officer of Bridgton and Rumford Hospitals – both 25- bed Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) - in Maine. Bridgton Hospital was ranked a Top 20 CAH, and Rumford Hospital was named a Top CAH by iVantage Health Analytics. Prior to his COO roles, he was the Chief Nursing Officer at Bridgton Hospital, and the Administrative Director at St. Joseph Hospital West in Lake St. Louis – an affiliate of SSM Health. He also worked at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

Ludwig holds a Master of Science in healthcare administration at Lindenwood University, a Bachelor of Science in nursing from St. Louis University, and is a licensed Registered Nurse.


About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high quality, Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our 14 Local Systems and physician practices in Illinois (Belleville, Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Highland, Greenville, Litchfield, and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan, and two in Green Bay). HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute. For more information about HSHS, visit For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit

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