STREATOR — The head of St. Mary’s Hospital in Streator will leave before Christmas to take another job, it was announced Friday.
Mark S. O’Halla, executive vice president and administrator of St. Mary’s, will step down Dec. 22 after six years in the job. He will become president and CEO of Mount Clemens Regional Medical Center in Mount Clemens, Mich., which is part of the McLaren Health Care System.
“It has been a wonderful experience to work with all the fine people,” O’Halla said in a statement. “I am confident the knowledge and experience I gained during my tenure at St. Mary’s will help me in my new role.”
An interim administrator will be announced shortly, hospital officials said.
A search committee of the nuns from the Springfield-based Third Order of St. Francis will pick the permanent replacement next year. That religious organization heads OSF Healthcare, which runs St. Mary’s and 12 other hospitals.
O’Halla arrived at St. Mary’s in September 2000 and has had a very positive impact on the hospital’s operations, financial status and market share, hospital officials said in a statement.
His accomplishments include attracting primary-care physicians to the area, as well as recruiting specialists in the fields of orthopedics, cardiology, anesthesiology, pathology, pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, ophthalmology and emergency medicine.
During his tenure, improvements to the hospital included a new emergency department and remodeling of the outpatient surgery department, intensive care unit, diagnostic imaging department and women’s health unit. Improvements on the way are a new rehabilitation services facility in conjunction with the YMCA and the renovation of the medical-surgical floors.
St. Mary’s is Streator’s second-largest employer, with 500 workers.