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Senior Leadership Team

Melinda Clark

Chief Executive Officer

Melinda Clark joined HSHS in 2010 after serving as the President and CEO of the Texas Region of St. Joseph Health System in Orange, CA. Prior to joining SJHS in 2007, she served for 12 years in the SSM Health Care System in various leadership positions, including President of DePaul Health Center, President of SSM Rehab, and Vice President of Operations, SSM Rehabilitation Institute. Melinda holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Indiana University and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Golden Gate University in California.

Loren Hughes

, MD
Board Certified in Family Medicine, Dr. Loren Hughes studied at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and completed his Family Medicine training at St. Mary’s Hospital in Milwaukee where he served as the Chief Resident. Before accepting the role of President at HSHS Medical Group, he was the Medical Director for the Southern Illinois Division and practiced at HSHS Medical Group Family and Internal Medicine - Collinsville.

Mary Embertson

Chief Financial Officer
Mary Embertson brings to HSHS Medical Group more than 25 years of experience in health care finance. Her experience includes auditing, consulting and over 15 years as a hospital or regional health care CFO. Mary is a C.P.A. and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of Whitewater and her Master of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Janet Seiler

Chief Program Integration Officer
Janet Seiler, MBA completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from University of Southern Indiana in Evansville, Indiana, and a Master of Business Administration from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Janet previously served in a dual role as System Director of Care Integration for Hospital Sisters Health System and President/CEO of LaSante, Inc. and LaSante Wisconsin, Inc. for several years. She has been with HSHS in various capacities since 2008. Prior to that, Janet spent more than 20 years in leadership roles in the manufacturing industry.

Andrew Bland

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Andrew Bland completed medical school at the University Of Illinois College Of Medicine at Peoria. He trained in a combined internal medicine/pediatrics residency at St. Francis Medical Center and a nephrology fellowship at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. In 2007, he earned Academic Achievement in Medical Management from the American College of Physician Executives, as well as a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Massachusetts in 2010. At HSHS Medical Group, Dr. Bland is responsible for quality, coding, credentialing, risk management and compliance activities as well as advanced medical home.

James Schaefer

Executive Director of Operations, Central Illinois Division

Jim Schaefer brings more than 20 years of health care experience to the medical group. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the Medical Group Management Association. Prior to joining the group, Jim served as Executive Director at Premier Health Group in Tupelo, Mississippi. Jim received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Accounting from University of Wisconsin, and a Master’s of Science degree in Health Care Administration from the University of Alabama, Birmingham.

James Bock

, MD
Medical Director, Central Illinois Division

Board Certified in Family Medicine, Dr. James Bock received his education and completed residency at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Rockford. Dr. Bock has been serving the health care needs of the Decatur area community since 1990. Dr. Bock is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Medical Society.

Kelly Ford

Executive Director of Operations, Inpatient Services
Kelly Ford, MBA previously served eleven years as the Director of Physician Recruitment at Sisters of Mercy Health System in St. Louis, Missouri, where she successfully launched a new open-heart program and electronic ICU. Kelly has a bachelor’s degree in business management from Bradley University in Peoria and an MBA from Webster University in St. Louis.

Penny McCarty

Chief People Officer

Penny McCarty holds a Master’s degree in Human Resources and Industrial Relations from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Public Administration. She is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources by the HR Certification Institute. A member and past president of the Central Illinois Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management, Penny received their Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.

Robert Farmer

, MD
Medical Director, Southern Illinois Division

Dr. Robert Farmer graduated from the University of Illinois before attending Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. He completed a family practice residency at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, IN. Prior to assuming the role of Medical Director in HSHS Medical Group’s Southern Division, Dr. Farmer practiced family medicine in New Baden.

Vincent Noel

Vice President of Strategy and Business Development
Vince Noel, MHI joined HSHS Medical Group in 2010 and brings more than 12 years of experience in leadership, strategy and development. Prior to joining HSHS Medical Group, Vince served as a Specialty Sales Executive for Sanofi-Aventis Pharmaceuticals, and as Vice-President of Sales and Investments for JP Morgan Chase in Springfield. He graduated from University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, and completed a Master’s degree in Healthcare Innovation (MHI) at Arizona State University. In his current role he is focused on strategy, development and the implementation of health care innovations for future needs.

Craig Brace

Director of Planning, Marketing and Communications

Craig Brace brings more than 30 years of experience in health care management, strategic planning, business development and marketing communications to the role. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from Southwest Baptist University and is board certified in health care management by the American College of Healthcare Executives. Craig is also a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.