Davison Named President and CEO – Saint Francis Healthcare System

September 14, 2022

The Saint Francis Healthcare System Board of Directors is pleased to appoint Justin Davison as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately.

“I am pleased to support Justin Davison as President and CEO of Saint Francis,” said Bishop Edward M. Rice, Bishop of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau. “His extensive experience in Catholic health care, along with his many talents, will be a great asset in continuing Jesus’ healing ministry in the future. In the spirit of the Franciscan sisters who founded the hospital, it will continue to shape St. Francis’ vision as the primary Catholic healthcare system in southeastern Missouri, protecting the sanctity and dignity of human life. . I look forward to the October 5 Installation Mass at St. Mary of the Annunciation Cathedral, Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

Davison joined Saint Francis Healthcare System in November 2019 as Chief Financial Officer. In February 2022, Davison transitioned to interim chairman and chief financial officer.

“The Board looks forward to working with Justin as President and CEO. He has done an outstanding job as CFO. We strongly believe he is the right person to guide us and move us forward,” said Steven K. Dirnberger, Chairman of the Saint Francis Healthcare System Board.

Prior to Saint Francis, Davison served as vice president of finance at Mercy Health in Springfield, Missouri. He has over 18 years of executive leadership experience for a variety of hospitals and health systems.

In his new role, Davison will oversee the strategic direction, development and expansion of Saint Francis. For nearly 150 years, Saint Francis Health System has served Southeast Missouri with exceptional patient-centered care. As the largest healthcare system between Memphis and St. Louis, Saint Francis has evolved in the 21st century from a local community medical center to a regional healthcare leader nationally recognized for quality and safety. What started as hospital services has grown to include an extensive network of clinics and providers in our region.

Davison serves on the board of the Missouri Hospital Association and the board of the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

Bishop Rice will celebrate the Feast of St. Francis and the Installation Mass on Wednesday, October 5 at St. Mary of the Annunciation Cathedral. More details to come.

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