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4/21/2017 11:16:00 AM
New President Named for Presence Saint Francis Hospital
Kenneth Preston Jones
Kenneth Preston Jones
Submitted by St. Francis Hospital

Beginning May 1, Kenneth Preston Jones, MHA, MBA, will assume the role of President of Presence Saint Francis Hospital (PSFH) of Evanston, Illinois. 

Mr. Jones joins Presence Health with nearly 20 years of experience as a leader in hospital administration and clinical operations. In his most recent position, he was Chief Executive Officer at St. Joseph Hospital, a full-service hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana, that includes a multispecialty wound care/hyperbaric program, an accredited chest pain center and the region’s only verified burn center. During his tenure there, Jones improved overall employee satisfaction scores, recruited new physicians, led renovations of the surgical suites ($6 million) and cardiac cath labs ($2 million), and championed the hospital’s high reliability and safety initiatives, reducing the number of serious safety events.  

“I’m proud to join Presence Saint Francis Hospital, known for its high performance, national accolades and commitment to providing the highest quality of care to the surrounding areas,” says Mr. Jones. “As healthcare continues to change, I’m excited to be at the helm of this teaching hospital and meeting the needs of this community by offering families the highest quality of specialized care in a convenient, centralized location. We will continue a tradition of ensuring our community of patients has the best experiences and compassionate care.” 

Mr. Jones takes a great interest in the communities he serves, and has participated as a board member of Big Brothers, Big Sisters (Northeast Indiana), the Fort Wayne Urban League, and the Downtown Improvement District.  

Mr. Jones earned a Bachelor of Science in biology at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida., and a Master of Healthcare Administration/Master of Business Administration at University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Presence Saint Francis Hospital is a nationally recognized, full-service hospital with a Level I Trauma Center and is listed as one of the Best Hospitals in Metro Chicago by U.S. News & World Report. As home to the first Chest Pain Center on Chicago’s North Shore and a Primary Stroke Center certified by the Joint Commission, Presence Saint Francis Hospital has a rich history of providing top quality care and leading edge technologies. Presence St. Francis Hospital has been designated a Magnet Hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, placing it in the top seven percent of U.S. hospitals for nursing excellence.

Presence Health is the largest Catholic health system in Illinois, serving over 4 million people i


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