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Carle Richland Memorial Hospital Leadership

Carle Richland Memorial Hospital Executive Leadership Team


David B. Allen, CPA
Chief Executive Officer

David has been with the organization for the past twelve years. During that time, net revenue has grown 79 percent, and payroll has increased 96 percent with the addition of FTE’s to accommodate growth in patient volume. Under his leadership, the hospital is recognized as an economic catalyst for the community and has continually invested in provider recruitment, capital expenditures, quality initiatives, and upgrades to infrastructure making Carle Richland Memorial a leading healthcare provider in Southeastern Illinois. Throughout this robust growth, the hospital has remained focused on its mission and consistently exceeds state and national averages for quality outcomes and patient experiences. David is active with the Illinois Hospital Association serving on the Small and Rural Steering Committee, Transforming Medicaid Task Force, and the Board of IHA PAC. He is also an Advanced Member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association. David is an alumnus of St. Louis University. Prior to his role as Chief Executive Officer, he was Chief Financial Officer for Richland Memorial Hospital. He also has worked in the finance arena for major health systems in the St. Louis area, as well as a private accounting firm.


Jennifer Emmons, MSN, MBA
Chief Operating Officer / Director of Physician Services

Jennifer has been part of the hospital's Administrative Team for seven years as Director of Physician Services. She recently became Chief Operating Officer in November 2016 and now serves in both capacities. Jennifer oversees operations of hospital clinic locations, as well as providers and staff who work in those clinics. She is also responsible for recruitment and retention of providers, as well as various quality initiatives within the various provider clinic locations. In addition, Jennifer provides oversight for Home Health and Hospice services for a thirteen-county region of Southeastern Illinois. She is also Hubsite Coordinator for the Physician Assistant Training Program through Southern Illinois University. Jennifer is a strong asset to the Administrative Team with twenty years of experience in healthcare management and a proven track record of policy and program development that yields results. She has successfully recruited multiple physicians and providers and effectively collaborates to achieve expansion of service lines and patient volume. Prior to serving on the Administrative Team, Jennifer was Director of Home Care Services at Richland Memorial for six years. In addition, she has managed another home health agency and worked as a hospital staff nurse. She is an Alumna of Western Governor’s University with a Master of Science in Nursing and a Master of Business Administration.


Christina Bare, MBA
Director of Business Operations

Christina was advanced to the Administrative Team in November 2016. Prior, she served as Director of Accounting and Revenue Cycle for the hospital. Christina provides oversight to Directors of Accounting, Information Systems, Medical Records, Patient Admitting and Patient Financial Services. She is actively involved in strategic planning for the organization and establishing goals for present and future financial performance. During Christina’s tenure with the organization, she has helped steer several major initiatives affecting the hospital’s revenue cycle, such as acquiring new physician practices, conversion of billing systems, acquisition of a rural health clinic, Electronic Health Record implementation and point of service collections. She completed her undergraduate studies in Accounting at Eastern Illinois University and is an alumna of McKendree University with a Master of Business Administration. She began working for the hospital in 2008 as Senior Accountant. Prior, she was employed with a private accounting firm.


Gina Thomas, MSN, RN
Chief Nursing Officer &
Director of Patient Care Services

Gina has been with the organization for eighteen years. She began as a staff nurse on the Medical/Surgical and Intensive Care Units and subsequently served as Nursing Coordinator. She was promoted to the Administrative Team in 2014 as Director of Patient Care Services. She became Chief Nursing Officer in 2016 and currently serves in both capacities. In this vital leadership role, Gina provides executive direction to Nursing and Ancillary service areas. She plays an integral role in strategic planning and development and has a proven track record for achieving goals and objectives focused on the delivery of quality patient care in an environment of service excellence. Gina firmly upholds the mission, vision and values of the hospital by developing collaborative relationships between departments and service teams that center on the patient and their overall experience at Carle Richland Memorial Hospital. Gina received her Associate’s Degree in Nursing from Olney Central College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Southern Illinois University/Edwardsville. She is also an alumna of Loyola University in New Orleans with a Master of Science in Nursing, specializing in Health Care Systems Management. She is a member of the American Nurses Association and the Illinois Organization of Nurse Leaders.


Jill VanHyning, MA
Director of Human Resources

Jill has been with the hospital since 2006 as Director of Human Resources. As a member of the Administrative Team, Jill is responsible for developing and administering policies and procedures with regard to hospital personnel and fostering a productive and rewarding work environment for employees. She oversees recruitment of team members whose values match those of the hospital and has proven success of working with department managers to retain talented employees and supporting opportunities for professional growth and development. Jill directs all activities pertaining to employee benefits, payroll, risk management and related legal aspects. In addition, she has administrative oversight for operations of the Food and Nutrition Services Department. Jill completed undergraduate studies at Greenville College in Greenville, Illinois. She is an alumna of Lincoln Christian University with a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership. Prior to joining the organization, Jill was Director of Human Resources and Marketing for a Critical Access Hospital. In addition to healthcare, she has experience in banking and higher education.

Department Directors:

Mike Stoverink
Director of Accounting
(618) 395-7340, ext. 4075

Jodi Brown
Director, Patient Financial Services
(618) 395-7340, ext. 4618

Sara Buehnerkemper, PharmD.
Director, Pharmacy
(618) 395-7340, ext. 4052

Tim Gillespie
Director, Information Systems
(618) 395-7340, ext. 4054

Les Harrison
Director, Plant Services
(618) 395-7340, ext. 4080

Lisa Holdren, MBA, RRT
Director, Respiratory Therapy
(618) 395-7340, ext. 4035

Minnie Irvin
Director, Food & Nutrition Services
(618) 395-7340, ext. 4007

Karen Marie Jameson
Director, RMH Foundation
(618) 395-7340, ext. 4185

Amber Kocher
Director, Patient Registration/Switchboard
(618) 395-7340, ext. 4628

Lezlie Lambird, RHIT
Director, Medical Records/Medical Staff Services
(618) 395-7340, ext. 4085

Jeff Lee, RDMS, RCCS, RVT
Director, Diagnostic Imaging Services
(618) 395-7340, ext. 4125

Vickie Roeser, PT, DPT, MHS
Director, Rehabilitation Services
(618) 395-7340, ext. 4030

Eric W. Toliver
Director, Organizational/Community Development & Volunteer Services
(618) 395-7340, ext. 4012

J. Reid Travis, BA Microbiology MT(ASCP)
Director, Laboratory
(618) 395-7340, ext. 4130

John Wall, CRNA
Lead Anesthetist
(618) 395-7340, ext. 4683

Kristina Snell, RN
Director, Home Care Services
(618) 395-7340, ext. 4688

Management Team Members:

Shellie Bennett, MS, RD, LDN
Clinical Nutritionist
(618) 395-7340, ext. 4005

Donna Brown, BSN, RN, CEN
Nurse Manager, Emergency Department
(618) 395-7340, ext. 4706

Kathy Cowman, BSN, RN, CNOR
Nurse Manager, Surgical Services and Central Supply
(618) 395-7340, ext. 4660

Jeff Johnson, EMT-P
Manager, Ambulance Service
(618) 395-7340, ext. 4705

Mark Kocher
Manager, Purchasing / Receiving
(618) 395-7340, ext. 4044

Gina Lucas
Business Manager, Physician Practices
(618) 395-7340, ext. 4654

Stephanie Ochs, RN
Nurse Manager, Family Maternity Services
(618) 395-7340, ext. 4635

Joan Sager, BSN, RN, CCRN
Nurse Manager, Medical/Surgical & Advanced Care Units
(618) 395-7340, ext. 4255

Georgia Vaupel, RN, LNHA
Nurse Manager, Long Term Care Unit
(618) 395-7340, ext. 4336

Kimberly Wirth, RN
Nurse Manager, Physician Practices
(618) 395-7340, ext. 4670

Laura Woods, RN
Nurse Manager, Staff Development/Patient & Family Education
(618) 395-7340, ext. 4093