UnityPoint Health is pleased to announce Jeanine Spain, RN-C, MHA has been named Chief Operating Officer of UnityPoint Health – Central Illinois.
“Central Illinois is my home and I’m excited about this new role. Our nurses, providers and care teams are second to none, and I’m proud to continue being part of their leadership team. This is an exciting time for UnityPoint Health and I’m honored to help lead this organization dedicated to improving the lives of the people and communities we serve,” Spain says.
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Spain began her healthcare career in 1976 with Methodist Medical Center as a registered nurse in the medical intensive care unit (MICU). She first ascended into leadership and administrative roles in 1982 as the MICU Assistant Clinical Coordinator and rose throughout the years into her first senior leadership role as Vice President of Cardiovascular Services in 2006. Spain is a Wharton Fellow Nurse Executive. She is a member of professional organizations including the American Organization of Nurse Executives, Illinois Organization of Nurse Leaders, and the American College of Healthcare Executives.
“Jeanine has played a key role in improving safety, quality, and the experience of our patients at UnityPoint Health. Her dedication and determination have empowered our teams to deliver quality clinical care. She’s passionate about recognizing exceptional staff and inspiring a new generation of nurses and leaders. She’s led new service launches which improved care access for people in Central Illinois. I’m excited to anticipate Jeanine’s continued leadership and contributions to our community and patients,” says Dr. Keith Knepp, Regional CEO, UnityPoint Health.
Currently, Spain also serves as Chief Nursing Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Pekin Hospital administrator. She oversees UnityPoint Health’s excellence in nursing practices and policies for all three regional hospital campuses. Her new role as Chief Operating Officer will expand her responsibilities and focus in clinical quality, financial outcomes, and service growth.
“Our patients deserve a healthcare experience they can trust. The high-quality care our teams provide is consistent with our values and our long-standing relationship with our community. We strive to be a leading healthcare organization and I look forward to the future in Central Illinois,” Spain says.
Spain resides in Peoria. She received her nursing degree from Chamberlain College of Nursing and her Master’s in Health Administration from the University of St. Francis. Spain is a board member of Methodist College, Peoria Hospital Mobile Medical Service, and the Downtown Development Committee. She is an active supporter of United Way and Center for Prevention of Abuse.
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