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Provena Covenant's Bertauski Announces Retirement, Brown Named Regional CEO

Provena Covenant Medical Center (PCMC) President and CEO, David Bertauski today announced he will retire from the Urbana-based hospital he has led since 2005.  Officials at Provena Health have promoted Mike Brown President and CEO at Provena United Samaritans Medical Center (PUSMC), Danville, to succeed him, serving as Regional President and CEO with oversight responsibility for both hospital ministries in Provena's East-Central Illinois Region.

Anthony J. Filer, Provena's System Chief Operating Officer stressed, "While there will be one leader over both hospitals, consistent with our belief that healthcare is best delivered locally, our community-based Boards of Directors will remain in place, ensuring a continued local market focus that meets our Mission by fostering strong relationships with all we serve."

According to Bertauski, "I will always have a special place in my heart for the talented and dedicated employees, physicians and volunteers who work hard each and every day to deliver excellent care and ensure PCMC remains strong and vibrant in its Mission to serve the people of Urbana-Champaign.  While I look forward to retirement, after more than 30 years in healthcare administration, the work is in my blood, and I know I will not stray too far from it.  Rather, I'll just be able to do it more on my terms and in between rounds of golf."

Jon "Cody" Sokolski, Chair of Provena's Board of Directors, explained, "David's leadership over these last six years has not only progressed our hospital to high levels of quality and performance, but has also laid the groundwork for future growth and success.  We are grateful for his service to ministry and our community, and we wish him a happy and healthy retirement."

Bertauski joined PCMC in 2005 from Navigant Consulting.  Over the years, he brought about numerous clinical advancements including PCMC's designation as the only hospital in Illinois with dual accreditation in both chest pain and heart failure; certification as a Primary Stroke Center; recognition by HealthGrades® for excellence in patient safety and orthopedic surgery; a comprehensive and leading edge Electrophysiology laboratory;  and most recently, the renovation of the hospital's Blessed Beginnings Birthing Suites, a $6 million investment in the health and wellbeing of Urbana-Champaign's new moms and their babies.

An accomplished healthcare executive, Brown joined Provena in 2005 as the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nurse Executive at PUSMC before being promoted to President and CEO in 2008.   Prior to that, he served as the Chief Executive Officer at Hoopeston Regional Health Center, Hoopeston Illinois.

"A key aspect of Mike's new regional duties will be leading both PCMC and PUSMC through the opportunities and challenges that will come about with Health Reform, including optimizing the synergies between our Urbana and Danville physician relationships and our clinical offerings."  said Sokolski.

Judy Myers, Chair of the Board of Provena United Samaritans, stated "With his exceptional abilities, commitment to our Mission and Values and true passion for quality and service, we are confident that Mike will not only expand the considerable progress he has made at Provena United Samaritans but extend it to Provena Covenant."

According to Brown, "I am looking forward to working more closely with the terrific team of physicians, clinicians and employees at PCMC. Together with its sister ministry in Danville, we will maximize the opportunities between us, from sharing best practices and developing regional services, to growing and strengthening our future for the benefit of all we serve in East-Central Illinois."

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