Executive Team

The Executive Team coordinates strategy and provides organizational oversight for Saint Francis Healthcare System. The Executive Team oversees the day-to-day operations to ensure quality care for patients in the community served by Saint Francis.

Maryann Reese - CEO, Saint Francis Healthcare System

Maryann Reese, RN, MHA, DHA, FACHE

President and Chief Executive Officer

Maryann Reese, RN, MHA, DHA, FACHE, joined Saint Francis Healthcare System in 2015 as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, leading the development of programs and patient care services throughout Saint Francis Healthcare System. In September 2017, she was named... Read more »



James L. Burke, Esq.

James L. Burke, JD, CPA, MBA, LLM

Chief Administrative Officer & General Counsel

James “Jim” Burke joined Saint Francis Healthcare in 2017 as Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel. Burke comes to Saint Francis from Mercy, where he served as Vice President and Regional General Counsel (Central Region), leading Mercy’s legal work for 21 hospitals,... Read more »



Justin Davison, MBA

Justin Davison, MBA

Chief Financial Officer

Justin Davison joined Saint Francis in November 2019. In this role, he provides administrative management for the Healthcare System’s Accounting, Revenue Cycle and Facilities Management departments. Davison oversees the Healthcare System’s overall financial plans and policies and will direct its accounting... Read more »



Dr. Thomas Diemer, MD

Thomas S. Diemer, MD

Chief Medical Officer

Thomas S. Diemer has expanded his previous role as Medical Director to one of a broader operational focus, including clinical integration with both independent and Saint Francis Medical Partners’ physicians. He is responsible for the Medical Staff Office and physician oversight... Read more »



Stephanie LaPierre, MBA, BSN, RN, CPHQ, LSSBB

Stephanie LaPierre, MBA, BSN, RN, CSSBB (ASQ), CPHQ, CPHRM

Chief Performance Improvement Officer

Stephanie La Pierre joined Saint Francis Medical Center in 2016 in a newly created role of Chief Performance Improvement Officer (CPIO). In this role, La Pierre drives improvements through cross-functional team and process improvements. As a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, she... Read more »



Lori Sturgill, CIO

Lori Sturgill

Chief Information Officer

Lori Sturgill is the Chief Information Officer for Saint Francis Healthcare System, where she is responsible for directing Saint Francis’ Information Technology strategy and operations, and serves as a member of the Executive Team. Sturgill joined Saint Francis in September of 2018.... Read more »



Julie Woodruff, RN, BSN

Julie Woodruff, RN, BSN, MBA

Chief Nursing Officer

Julie Woodruff joined Saint Francis Medical Center in 1998 and served as Operating Room Manager before being named Surgical Services Director in 2016. She was named Chief Nursing Officer in December 2017. In this role, Woodruff is responsible for the standards of... Read more »



Jason Bandermann, MBA

Jason Bandermann, MBA

Vice President - Saint Francis Medical Partners Operations - Northeast

Jason Bandermann is Vice President - Saint Francis Medical Partners Operations - Northeast Bandermann joined Saint Francis Healthcare System in 2007 as a Referral Services Manager for Services to Business. He served as Practice Manager for Cape Diabetes and Endocrinology prior to... Read more »



Alex Ogburn, MBA, FACHE

Alex Ogburn, MBA, FACHE

Vice President - Saint Francis Medical Partners

Alex Ogburn, MBA, FACHE, is Vice President of Saint Francis Medical Partners. He is responsible for Saint Francis Healthcare System’s Clinically Integrated Network, Accountable Care Organization, and administrative aspects of the Intensivists, Hospitalists, Emergency Physicians, Radiologists, Medical Administrative Officers and Saint... Read more »



Gerry Salter, MBA, PT

Vice President - Specialty Practices

Gerry Salter joined Saint Francis Medical Center in 1995, serving as the Director of Orthopedics from 2006 to 2015 and responsible for the operations of a 13-department strategic business unit that included acute inpatient rehabilitation, concussion clinic, inpatient therapy, orthopedics, outpatient... Read more »



Christy Shawan

Christy Shawan

Vice President - Saint Francis Medical Partners Operations - Southwest

Christy Shawan is Vice President - Saint Francis Medical Partners Operations - Southwest. Shawan joined Saint Francis in March 2019. In this role, Shawan provides administrative management for Saint Francis Health Center – Poplar Bluff, Poplar Bluff Pediatrics, Black River Ambulatory Surgery... Read more »



Debby Sprandel, RN, BSN, MSN, MBA-HA

Debby Sprandel, RN, BSN, MSN, MBA-HA

Vice President - Ambulatory Nursing

Debby Sprandel is Vice President of Ambulatory Nursing and is responsible for outpatient nursing enterprises for the Healthcare System. Sprandel joined Saint Francis in 1984 and has been a Registered Nurse, Patient Care Manager of Progressive Care and Intensive Care Units, Director... Read more »



Jimmy Wilferth - Vice President, Saint Francis Healthcare System Foundation

Jimmy Wilferth

Vice President - Foundation and Marketing

James R. “Jimmy” Wilferth joined Saint Francis in 2014 as Executive Director of the Saint Francis Healthcare System Foundation. In that role, he is responsible for leading the Foundation’s community outreach and fundraising efforts, which help fund financial assistance programs for... Read more »



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