Edgar J. Curtis, president and CEO of Memorial Health System in Springfield, has been elected chair-elect of the 2016 Illinois Health and Hospital Association’s board of trustees. Curtis will become chair of the board in 2017.
The board of trustees is the policymaking body for the association, representing more than 200 hospitals and nearly 50 health systems across Illinois.
Curtis is the inaugural chair-elect of the statewide Illinois Health and Hospital Association, resulting from the recent integration of the former Illinois Hospital Association and the former Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council. The integration brings together a combined 174 years of service to Illinois hospitals and health systems.
One of the leading healthcare organizations in Illinois, Memorial Health System is a community-based, nonprofit organization that has served its communities since 1897. Its seven affiliates, including four hospitals, provide a full range of inpatient, outpatient, home health, hospice, behavioral health and primary care physician services.
A Springfield native, Curtis received his master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana and his bachelor of science degree from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Curtis serves on the boards of Memorial Health System, the BJC Collaborative LLC, VHA Mid-America, the Illinois Higher Education Commission on the Future of the Workforce and the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing External Advisory Board. He is a member of the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce Q5 Leadership Council and Strategic Leadership Council.