ESCANABA - Peter Jennings, president and CEO of OSF St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group, has announced his plans to retire from OSF Healthcare System, effective April 30, 2013.
Jennings, an Indiana native, began his career with The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis in 1991 as the manager of corporate planning and marketing for the OSF Healthcare System Corporate Office. Subsequently, he joined the administrative team at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, Ill., as the assistant administrator of operations in June 1995.
Jennings came to OSF St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group in Escanaba in January 2004.
Under his direction, OSF has seen numerous, significant operational and facility enhancements, including the restructuring of the Rural Medical Clinic into a Provider-Based Medical Group improving reimbursement for physician care. In 2005, with a donation from John and the late Melissa Besse, the hospital added permanent magnetic imaging (MRI) services. In 2006, cardiovascular services grew with the introduction of a cardiac diagnostic center, a new relationship with Upper Michigan Cardiovascular Associates and the addition of a new full-time cardiologist. In 2007, a second donation from John and the late Melissa Besse allowed the hospital to renovate and expand its emergency department with new features to provide an enhanced level of care and greater comfort for patients and their families. Most recently, under Jennings' leadership, OSF St. Francis Hospital was approved for conversion to Critical Access Hospital status, resulting in significant improvement in Medicare reimbursement and opportunities to strengthen and grow in the future.
During his time in Escanaba, Jennings has also been active within the community, serving on the Delta County Chamber of Commerce Board, the Economic Development Alliance, Downtown Development Association and Michigan Works! Job Force Board. Through his efforts as a lobbyist for OSF, he was also successful in working with Senator Carl Levin, Senator Debbie Stabenow and then-Congressman Bart Stupak to secure funds in support of the hospital's new emergency department.
Kevin Schoeplein, chief executive officer of OSF Healthcare System, lauds Jennings' contributions to the OSF Ministry during his tenure. Jennings and his wife, Carol, plan to remain in the area following his retirement.