OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois gets new president

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PEORIA, Ill. — OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois announced it has a new president.

OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center’s president, Bob Anderson, on Monday said Mike Wells will start his new position as the president of the children’s hospital on Sept. 9.

Wells will be accountable for oversight of all internal operations of OSF Children’s Hospital while developing and implementing short-term tactics within the long-term strategies of the OSF Women & Children’s Service Line. Anderson said this will ensure high quality and cost-effective health care to children and families.

“I’m honored to serve alongside our talented, compassionate team of leaders and caregivers at OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois, some of whom founded and built the hospital into the destination center it is today,” Wells said. “We have a responsibility to provide the highest level of care for children from across Illinois and beyond.”

“To accomplish that, we will incorporate cutting edge technology and techniques to advance inpatient care, further develop specialty and multidisciplinary clinics for complex conditions, extend our expertise to support care in communities throughout our service area, and continue developing innovative ways to provide access to care,” the new president continued. “Most importantly, we will carry on our OSF Sisters’ Mission of serving with the greatest care and love. The future is exciting for Children’s Hospital and it is a privilege to be part of it!” 

Wells first joined OSF Children’s Hospital in 2005 as the director of the Resource Link program and has assumed roles of increasing responsibility over the years. He most recently has served as vice president since June 2018.

He received a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Illinois State University, where he went on to earn his master’s degree in clinical counseling psychology.

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