The Benton Harbor Michigan based nonprofit organization, I’m Saving Myself (ISM) is excited to announce a new board member, Sandra Bruce, President and Chief Executive Officer of Presence Health. ISM’s Executive Director, Bonita Mitchell said “Ms. Bruce is not only willing to share her extensive experience with us as a board member, but has also offered to guide us in our fundraising efforts. Sandra’s expertise and contacts will help hone the fundraising skills of our organization and we are confident that we will meet our fundraising goals for the short-term needs of this organization, as well as our goal of taking our organization to financial sustainability.”
Sandra Bruce is President and CEO of Presence Health, the largest Catholic Health System based in Illinois. Headquartered in Chicago, Presence Health was formed by the merger of Provena Health and Resurrection Health Care in November 2011. With locations in Chicago and its collar counties as well as in East-Central Illinois, Presence Health has more than 150 locations encompassing 12 hospitals, 27 long-term care and senior residential facilities, numerous outpatient services, clinics, home health services, hospice, private duty, a comprehensive behavioral health network and an accredited university.
Sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart, the Servants of the Holy Heart of Mary, the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas and the Sisters of the Resurrection, Presence Health employs 22,000 people with 4,000 physicians on its medical staffs.
Ms. Bruce has more than 35 years of experience in health care leadership. Prior to being named Presence Health’s President and CEO, she served as the President and CEO of Resurrection Health Care since November 2008. Prior to that she spent 12 years as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Trinity Health’s Saint Alphonsus Health System in Boise, Idaho.
An influential health care leader and a strong advocate for improving access to care for all, Ms. Bruce was named one of the nation’s 2011 Top 25 Women in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine. In 2014, she was named one of Chicago’s
most powerful women leaders by Crain’s Magazine, a Chicago business magazine. In 2009, she was appointed to the Commission on a High Performance Health System (The Commonwealth Fund) to help shape health reform. She has previously served as past chair of the Board of Trustees of the Catholic Health Association of the United States and continues to be an active committee member for the national organization currently serving on the CHA’s Award Committee. She is the current Treasurer for the Illinois Hospital Association’s Board of Trustees and has served on many IHA committees over the last several years. She has also participated on various committees and councils of the American Hospital Association and is currently serving on the AHA’s Equity of Care Council.