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    About Springfield Clinic

    Who We Are

    Welcome to Springfield Clinic!

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    Springfield Clinic is dedicated to preserving the trusted patient-provider relationships we have carefully developed through 83 years of serving you with reliable, primary and specialized health care— close to home.  We value the relationships we have built with all of you and are dedicated to preserving the quality and convenience of compassionate health care that you expect and deserve.

    Our mission is to deliver the highest quality patient care and experience at an exceptional value by recruiting and retaining top medical talent and specialists. We offer the latest innovative treatments and state-of-the-art technologies that would traditionally require treatment in a much larger metropolitan medical center, like St. Louis or Chicago. Our physicians, nurses and employees live, work and take great pride in the 20 counties we serve in central Illinois.

    We are a community-based organization with more than 600 physicians and advanced practice practitioners delivering care in over 80 medical specialties and sub-specialties. As one of the largest private multispecialty medical clinics in the state, we employ more than 3,200 clinical and administrative employees.

    We strive to create a differential patient experience every patient, every time. Thanks to your input, we have expanded our services to offer walk-in appointments for Orthopedics, convenient Urgent Care hours at all four locations, seamless Telehealth appointments, time-saving drive-up labs and an expansion of coverage for our TeleNurse program—which stands ready in your time of need. We continue to invest in digital technologies to continually improve the patient journey and your health care outcomes.

    We remain grateful to our patients and referring providers who have entrusted us to Improve HealthProvide Value and Serve Community

    Administration Team

    Ray Williams

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    Chief Executive Officer

    As CEO, Ray reports directly to Springfield Clinic’s Board of Directors. He is accountable for Springfield Clinic’s primary goals of creating a differential patient experience and building a high reliability organization for physicians and employees.

    My Leadership Why: “Aggressive self-rescue and strategic speed”

    Ray often shares the account of a pre-trip briefing from a family white water rafting excursion, where the guide explained if someone fell out of the raft, they should not expect him to jump in and save them. Instead, they should practice “aggressive self-rescue” to get to a safe place on their own. This principle of personal responsibility and quick decision-making has shaped Ray’s leadership approach throughout his career.

    “You can’t expect that someone is going to come in and save you. You have to be able to save yourself. And, along with that, you always have to make your decisions based on doing the right thing, even when the right thing isn’t easy.”

    Ray pairs “aggressive self-rescue” with the principle of “strategic speed.” In a large and often slow-to-shift health care industry, Ray encourages his team to be agile, reducing the “time to value” proposition. This allows his team to take advantage of opportunities quickly when they present themselves.

    These principles are often on display, most notably perhaps during COVID-19. When many other health care organizations paused care, Springfield Clinic never closed its doors, as Ray led efforts to design safe pathways for employees and patients to continue to receive treatment.

    Vital Stats:

    • Has spent 40 years in health care leadership, beginning in finance, a career that has taken him from Virginia to Seattle, then San Francisco before settling in Springfield, Illinois.

    • Ray married his wife, Faith, in 1979. Together they have two children and five grandchildren.

    • A native of Norfolk, Virginia, attended Old Dominion University where he graduated with a Masters of Business Administration degree. 

    • An avid sportsman and enjoys hunting and fishing.

    Jen Boyer, RN, MBA

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    Senior Vice President, Operations

    Jennifer “Jen” Boyer oversees all specialty care across all locations as well as the Ambulatory Surgery service line.

    My Leadership Why: “Be the best you every day. Find your passion and calling and live by the golden rule. Have perseverance, resilience and courage—and stay true to yourself. And we’re all in this together. When we focus on each other, everything else falls into place.”

    Jen found her love for patients and health care during grade school when she volunteered at a local hospital. This passion has continued to grow with each step of her career, from nursing school to today. Here, she lives and breathes the “we are our own community, charged with caring for the community” mantra every day. By being spread out across the region, Springfield Clinic encompasses many separate, distinct communities all striving toward the same goal of providing patients with exceptional care.

    “It’s the team’s commitment to both their patients and each other that inspires me. The team at Springfield Clinic strives to adapt and be nimble as health care evolves. These quick pivots enable us to provide patients with the best care possible.”

    Jen considers herself to be a participative and decisive leader, always encouraging her team to voice their opinions so they can come to the best decision together. Driven by the unknown of each day but guided by her health care calling, Jen’s focus will always be helping the patient navigate the health care system—removing barriers so they get the care they need—and helping physicians feel empowered to give the best care possible.

    Vital Stats:

    • Has 27 years in health care: 15 years of nursing in critical care and emergency medicine as well as four in the public health arena; has spent 20 years serving in health care leadership.

    • Earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Jewish Hospital College of Nursing and Allied Health and a Master of Business Administration/Health Care Administration from Benedictine University in Springfield. Professional affiliations include the American Medical Group Association (AMGA), Group Practice Improvement Network (GPIN), American College of Healthcare Executives, American Organization of Nurse Executives, American Association of Orthopedic Executives and Sigma Theta Tau International, Honor Society of Nursing.

    • Active in the agriculture world, raising and showing livestock with husband Mason and three sons as a family business.

    • Southern Illinois native, avid high school football mom and loves spending time at her parents’ lake with family.

    Michelle Clatfelter

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    Chief Legal Officer

    Michelle Clatfelter oversees contract review and management, claims management and compliance support.

    My Leadership Why: “If you put the patient at the center of the decision-making, the rest will fall into place.”

    Growing up in a predominantly clinical family, Michelle gained insight early in her life regarding the many complex and often evolving challenges providers are forced to navigate day to day. This led her to pursue a legal career with a focus in health care law; her goal, to provide meaningful support to those ultimately responsible for rendering care at the bedside (or chairside).

    “What motivates me is this greater objective of enabling our caregivers to do what they do best, by eliminating unnecessary distractions so that they can focus on the patient. We all have a role to play in optimizing the patient experience, no matter how many steps removed from the bedside. I take pride in the work that we do to support that effort, and I enjoy working alongside team members who share that philosophy.”

    Vital Stats:

    • Has 15 years of health care law experience, ten of which have been spent serving health care organizations “in house,” including at the executive level.

    • Received her juris doctorate and certificate in health law from Saint Louis University School of Law, Center for Health Law Studies.

    • While in law school, was lead editor on the Journal of Health Law & Policy and a teaching assistant.

    • Born and raised in Peoria and lives in Sherman with husband Trevor and three children, Harrison, Adeline and Theodore.

    • Has served on the Board of Directors for Sparc and actively participates in the Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys, American Health Lawyers Association and St. John’s Society for Service and Leadership.

      Enjoys attending her children’s activities and sporting events, listening to live music and being outdoors, especially snow skiing, swimming, hiking, biking and tennis.

    Chris Cousins

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    Vice President, Operations

    Chris Cousins oversees all primary care (Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics) and Urgent Care.

    My Leadership Why: “We have the opportunity every day to make health care work better, to positively and meaningfully impact how patients, which we all are, experience health care.”

    For Chris, a company may have great products or services, but what makes the difference are a purposed mission and culture, the people and leaders behind them and the relationships cultivated together. Creating and fostering deep and lasting relationships built upon trust and credibility is a center piece for Chris and something he instills in his leaders and team. Also at the center is a focus on how we make a patient’s experience exceptional and one that feels very personalized, from the moment they check in to the moment they leave the building. 

    “I encourage and challenge my team to apply this mantra developed by Julie Yoo (partner at a 16z and serial entrepreneur) to their thinking and our daily work: How do we access health care, pay for health care and experience health care?”  

    An important aspect of Chris’s work is what he calls “Connect Say with Do,” which is an adage he learned from Jonathan Bush while at a leading health care technology company. This is something he sees embodied by the best leaders and tries to emulate for his own team: To be that “trusted advisor”, to show value and drive results, you must deliver on what you say you’re going to do. This, Chris believes, comes down to an individual’s character, authenticity, credibility and pursuit of excellence, which are things he sees around him every day at Springfield Clinic, both from within his team and everywhere around the organization.

    Vital Stats:

    • Nearly 30 years of executive and operational experience in health care, 10 of those years with multi-billion dollar revenue health technology companies building and leading client success teams through rapid growth and expansion.

    • Proven track record of success in operational and revenue cycle efficiency, strategy, and customer service.

    • Received a Master of Business Administration from College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va., and a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Northeastern University in Boston, Mass.

    • Former competitive swimmer who enjoys many outdoor activities, especially if they take place around water, including swimming, cycling and triathlons

    Tom Fitch

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    Vice President, Facilities, Real Estate and Construction

    Tom Fitch, S.E., leads a team that oversees the day-to-day operations of facilities and supporting growth through the development of new real estate and construction projects.

    My Leadership Why: “If we’re not failing, that means we’re not doing anything.”

    In his role, Tom leads his team in providing direction and guidance throughout projects and fostering an environment that both empowers and nurtures creative solutions by holding to the mentality that each project is an opportunity for innovation—the foundation of which being the collaboration between a multidisciplinary team.

    “What has been most gratifying to me has been to see the tremendous amount of growth my team has gone through, both in the style of their work, and the confidence in their leadership.”

    Vital Stats:

    • Earned a Master of Science in structural engineering and Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.

    • Licensed structural engineer with eight years of practical engineering experience designing buildings and bridges.

    • 15 years of previous facilities executive leadership experience for a large commercial construction company and 14 years of small business ownership co-owning a local daycare center.

    • Has sat on several Boards, including the YMCA, Heartland Credit Union, 2014 Board of the Chair to the Greater Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, Springfield Business Education Partnership, Springfield Quantum Growth Partnership and is currently a national advisory board member of Ready Nation, Council for a Strong America, an advocacy group focused on just, equitable and quality early childhood education.

    • Received the 2015 McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership Corporate Champion for Change Award.

    • Born and raised in Springfield, Ill.; Tom and his wife Trish have six children.

    • In his free time, enjoys long bike rides or runs, relaxing with a good book, spending time with his family attending concerts, catching a Cubs game or cooking up a family dinner at home.

    Chase Hammon

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    Chief Financial Officer
    Chase Hammon oversees the Accounting, Finance, Payer Strategy & Contracting, Physician Compensation and Supply Chain teams.

    My Leadership Why: “The people on our teams are more valuable than the work they produce, and we should treat them that way.”

    Chase strongly believes that only a well-cared for and empowered team can take care of patients well. That’s why he considers leadership of the financial division of Springfield Clinic to be less about the numbers and more about his people.

    “I value treating my leaders and their employees with respect. If you’re on the team, we’ll push and challenge you and encourage you to do the same to us. But above all else, you will be treated with dignity and respect.”

    Chase admires genuine humility, willingness to listen and the ability to be wrong and change directions in others. He strives to work in the same way with his own team. Only in that way, he believes, will he achieve his ultimate goal for his division: that his team sets the industry standard, to be the group that other teams look at and want to emulate for work ethic, teamwork and exceptional customer service.

    Vital Stats:

    • Chase brings 16 years of financial operations management experience to our administrative team, the past ten spent in health care.

    • Served in the United States Army for nine years.

    • Son of an Army veteran, Chase has called many states “home,” and has moved most recently from Virginia.

    • Received a Master of Business Administration in Health Care Management from the University of Texas at Dallas and is a certified medical practice executive (CMPE) through the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA). Received his bachelor’s in finance from George Mason University.

    • Family includes wife Elizabeth and seven children.

    • Enjoys playing golf and basketball, but spends most of his free time going to his children’s activities.

    Sunny Hampsey

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    Vice President, Nursing

    Sunny Hampsey oversees Nursing Regulatory Compliance, Quality Incentive Programs, Quality Management, Rural Health and Telenurse.

    My Leadership Why: “Making a difference through service, growth through embracing the grey.”

    If there is one thing Sunny has learned while leading the Quality Management Department is that, while growth can at times be uncomfortable, pushing boundaries, thinking outside of the box and pivoting are the best—and sometimes the only—way to make lasting improvements to how things are done. The COVID-19 pandemic, during which Sunny managed all aspects of employee health in addition to setting best practices for safely operating facilities, is a perfect example of that to her.

    “Leadership is about inspiring the team to not only work together to meet the common goal of the department or organization, but also inspiring them to push themselves past boundaries they might think they have and encouraging them to grow.”

    Sunny is inspired by her team’s willingness to jump in and tackle projects that better serve patients and enhance service delivery for employees and providers every day. Her goal is to continuously build a data-driven quality improvement program that supports the organization through sound recommendations based on the present, even if it’s not always been done that way.

    Vital Stats:

    • With 15 years of nursing experience, Sunny joined Springfield Clinic in 2012 as the Oncology Nurse Navigator for the Cancer Center. She became Director of Quality Management in 2017 and Senior Director of Quality Management in 2020.

    • Received her Master of Science in Nursing and Master of Business Administration from Benedictine University.

    • Originally from southern Illinois, Sunny and her spouse have one son and two “four-legged children”, Gus the Golden Retriever and Maddie the Lab.

    • Loves being outdoors—walking in Washington Park, hiking or Jeeping—as well as all things music.

    Zach Kerker

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    Vice President, Brand, Experience and Advocacy

    Zach Kerker leads the development and reputation of the Springfield Clinic brand, efforts to improve the patient experience and community and legislative advocacy efforts.

    My Leadership Why: “Death to it’s always been done this way.”

    Zach has spent much of his career riding a wave of market disruption. After starting in broadcast television, Zach left to create, a digital platform for local sports content that would change the way fans in central Illinois would consume sports media. In 2018 he joined Springfield Clinic, despite having no experience in health care, with a mission to modernize patient communication and the patient experience.

    “Springfield Clinic was looking for someone who didn’t bring a traditional health care mindset to the team, and I thought it was a tremendous opportunity. Health care has been one of the last industries to adopt a modern consumer approach for the patient. It’s frustrated me personally as a patient, and I saw a chance to have a positive impact on that for our community. I’m comfortable in the often uncomfortable space of change, and that’s been a necessary mindset for what we’ve set out to do at Springfield Clinic.”

    Vital Stats:

    • Grew up in Mendon, Illinois and now lives in Chatham with his wife, Lori and their two daughters, Harper and Dagny.

    • Graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2006 with a degree in Mass Communications.

    • Winner of 2018 Illinois Capital Innovation Awards “Innovator of the Year.”

    • Fan of Tennessee Titans and St. Louis Cardinals.

    Benjamin McLain

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    Vice-President, Operations

    Benjamin McLain leads Springfield Clinic’s hospital-based and ancillary services programs which include the areas of Hospital Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, Laborist Medicine, Radiation Oncology, Radiological Medicine, Laboratory, Radiology, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy.

    My Leadership Why: “See a need; fill a need.”

    Benjamin considers his leadership style to be founded on building up and nurturing other emerging leaders. He believes being a good mentor makes him a better leader himself because, together, he and his leadership team can actively engage in driving the direction of their departments, instead of him solely dictating the direction.

    Opportunities to build a bigger and better hospital program in the area abound, and Benjamin works every day to create and execute that strategic vision with his team. He sees the tremendous need in the region for expanded hospital services and believes wholeheartedly his job is to both help fill that need and meet the expectations and needs of those hospital teams.

    “When we partner with our local hospital administrators to help meet their needs, and they’re satisfied with what we implement to make the quality of life for their patients better, that’s my favorite part of a day.”

    Vital Stats:

    • 25 years of experience in the health care field focused on operational leadership, including small critical access hospitals and large health systems, providing oversight to multi-hospital service line leadership.

    • Native of upstate New York; now lives in Chatham, Ill., with his wife, Dawn and three sons, Tristan, Aiden and Landon.

    • Received a bachelor’s degree in biology and athletic training and a Master of Business Administration from Olivet Nazarene University.

    • Enjoys spending time with family, playing competitive sports, camping, participating in Boy Scouts of America and teaching Financial Peace University.

    Katie Rutledge

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    Chief Human Resources Officer

    Katie Rutledge, SPHR, oversees all areas of Human Resources, including Benefits, Compensation, Employee Relations, Training & Organizational Development and Talent Acquisition.

    My Leadership Why: “Making Springfield Clinic a great place to work; empowering our workforce to provide an exceptional patient experience.”

    Katie considers one of her top priorities to be championing her team to be as successful as possible in their roles. This is what Human Resources is all about, she believes: supporting the rest of the organization to carry out Springfield Clinic’s mission every day, because a positive environment for employees helps them create a community of caring for patients. This vision is simple, but the work is not always, and that’s what makes each day exciting.


    “What motivates me is always being able to move things forward. If we sat stagnant, I’d go crazy. Health care is always evolving; there’s always an ongoing challenge in the industry. That means there’s always something out there that we can move toward and improve upon—and that’s where I thrive.”

    Vital Stats:

    • 17 years in human resources leadership that includes all areas of HR, including leadership roles at Fortune 500 companies in the Chicago area.

    • Earned a Bachelor of Arts in speech communication and a Master of Human Resources & Industrial Relations from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.

    • Sits on the Board and Executive Committee for Sparc.

    • Maintains certification as a senior professional of human resources (SPHR) and is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM).

    • Born and raised in Springfield and has three children, Ryan, Jake and Emily.

    • Favorite hobby/other full-time job is being a mom and jumping from one kid activity to the next.

    Sheila Streb

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    Vice President, Revenue Cycle and Internal Audit

    Sheila Streb leads Springfield Clinic’s end-to-end revenue cycle performance and the overall preparation and execution of a risk-based internal audit plan.

    My Leadership Why: “Transforming health care impacts and improves all patient experiences, including my family’s.”

    Motivated by the prospect of a new challenge around every corner and getting to be a part of the next big thing, Sheila leads Clinic-wide coordination and transformation of the revenue cycle, introducing improvements at all levels of the organization, in order to achieve performance excellence, drive down costs and achieve financial goals.

    “I’m committed to a seamless financial experience for our patients. That requires continued assessment and optimization at both the strategic and operation levels in order to achieve performance excellence. ‘The only ceiling created is the one I create,’ is what I tell my team. It’s exciting to be a part of that kind of transformation, to be a part of ensuring the success of Springfield Clinic for generations to come.”

    Sheila’s guiding focus is her roots in the community. While not originally from Springfield, she has raised her family, who have had Springfield Clinic doctors their whole lives, here. It’s how she can see the direct impact her team’s work has on patients’ health care journeys, and she uses it to help drive toward that exceptional patient experience every day.

    Vital Stats:

    • Began her career in public accounting with a local firm focusing on compliance and financial auditing and tax preparation.

    • Sheila joined Springfield Clinic more than 20 years ago; in that time, she built the Internal Audit program from the ground up, developed the contracts management function and led the successful transition of the billing system and optimization of related processes.

    • Attended Eastern Illinois University and University of Illinois – Springfield and received her degree in business/accounting.

    • Grew up in Gillespie, Ill., and now lives in Springfield with her husband Eric. Together they have three children, Logan, Kasten and Lizzy.

    • Enjoys spending time at the lake, boating and water sports.

    Cal Thomas

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    Chief Development Officer

    Cal Thomas leads Springfield Clinic’s strategic planning in the areas of Market Intelligence, Regional Strategy & Planning, Provider Recruitment & Integration, Medical Staff Services and Brand, Experience & Advocacy.

    My Leadership Why: “Seeing the collective effort of the team coming together to secure opportunities and tackle challenges, celebrating those wins together and jumping right back in to figure out what can be improved upon next time.”

    Cal’s focus is creating an exceptional provider and patient experience through business development. His team touches all aspects of those experiences, including the onboarding and credentialing of new providers, the careful analysis of markets and their areas of need, making providers and patients alike aware of the services available and collecting and responding to patients’ experiences after they leave the office.

    Cal’s background as a multi-sport athlete is what taught him early-on that teamwork achieves success and makes the hard work more enjoyable:

    “By leveraging valuable perspectives from all areas—peers, providers and patients—only then can we discover, develop and deliver a truly differential experience. When people put aside their own interests and come together to work together, that’s when the magic happens.”

    Vital Stats:

    • 20 years in the health care field for both for-profit and not-for-profit sectors.

    • Oversaw program development, operations and mergers for a multispecialty federally qualified health center in the St. Louis and Metro East areas.

    • Program development, marketing and operational initiatives in the Phoenix, Aspen and Chicago markets gave him various cultural and regional perspectives that lend themselves well to working with the health care diversity of the Midwest.

    • Born in Rochester, Ill.; lives in Sherman with his wife, Carly, two children, Carson and Callie, and their lab, Cocoa.

    • Attended Indiana University and Southern Illinois University and received degrees in business administration and marketing.

    • Collegiate First Team All-American in soccer and played professionally.

    • Enjoys spending time with family, exercising, coaching, hunting and fishing.

    2022 Board of Directors

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    Board Chairman

    Amit Gupta, MD

    Medical Oncology and Hematology

    Dr. Amit Gupta has practiced medicine in the central Illinois region for more than 15 years. He joined Springfield Clinic’s Hematology & Oncology Department in February of 2010 and was instrumental in the development of The Cancer Center at Springfield Clinic. He maintains board certification in Medical Oncology and Hematology.

    Dr. Gupta earned his medical degree at Christian Medical College, prior to completing his residency at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield. He attended Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota where he completed fellowship training and earned a Master of Science Degree in Biomedical Sciences Clinical Research. His medical training also included completion of a Hematology & Oncology fellowship program in Cincinnati, Ohio at University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

    He is a member in the American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Medical Association, Illinois State Medical Society and Sangamon County Medical Society.

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    Board Member

    Ramanath Bhandari, MD


    Ramanath Bhandari, MD, joined Springfield Clinic’s Eye Institute in 2013. Board certified in ophthalmology, Dr. Bhandari received his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine. He was appointed chief resident while completing his residency in ophthalmology at the State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn. Dr. Bhandari completed fellowship training in vitreoretinal surgery & diseases at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

    In addition to his role on the Board of Directors, Dr. Bhandari serves on the Ancillary and Finance Committees for Springfield Clinic. In the past, he has also served as chairman for the Department of Ophthalmology at HSHS St. John’s Hospital. He is a member of numerous professional societies, including the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Retina Specialists.

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    Board Member
    Melissa Cox, MD

    Internal Medicine and Pediatrics

    Dr. Melissa Cox joined Springfield Clinic in 2001, immediately following the completion of her residency in Internal Medicine / Pediatrics at Michigan State University Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She is a graduate of SIU School of Medicine in Springfield, Illinois. She practices as a member of the primary care team at Springfield Clinic Lincoln and maintains board certification in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics.

    She is a member of the American College of Physicians and a fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics and is a member of the Illinois State Medical Society and Logan County Medical Society.

    Dr. Cox provides leadership to the Lincoln-based team as its department chairperson and serves as a member of Springfield Clinic’s Information Technology committee. She also serves in leaderships roles at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital where she is on staff.

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    Board Member
    Philip Garcia, MD

    Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose & Throat)

    Dr. Philip Garcia joined Springfield Clinic in 1993, after completing his otolaryngology residency at Washington University School of Medicine, where he was chief resident. He received his medical degree from the University of Michigan School of Medicine and also completed an internship in general surgery at Jewish Hospital of St. Louis. 

    Dr. Garcia is a very active member of the medical provider community. This is Dr. Garcia’s fifth term on the Board of Directors. In addition to the Board, he serves on the Finance, Information Technology and Benefits & Payer Relations Committees and is chair of the Otolaryngology Department. He also chairs the Otolaryngology Department at Memorial Medical Committee and serves on their OR Committee. He is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Board of Otolaryngology, the American Academy of Otolaryngology and the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy. He is a clinical associate professor with SIU School of Medicine as well. 

    Dr. Garcia is board certified in otolaryngology and head and neck surgery and was the 2018 recipient of the A. Raymond Eveloff Award for Clinical Excellence.

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    Board Member
    James Fullerton, MD

    General Surgery

    James Fullerton, MD, has been with Springfield Clinic General Surgery since 2004. He received his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin and completed his general surgery residency at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and his endoscopy and interventional ERCP fellowship at the University of Louisville School of Medicine.

    Dr. Fullerton is board certified in surgery and serves on the Finance Committee and ASC Committee, where he is also chair, in addition to the Board of Directors. He is also the department chair for the Springfield Clinic General Surgery Department and the chair of General Surgery at Springfield Memorial Hospital. He is a member of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, American Hernia Society, Illinois Surgical Society, Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) and the American Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association.

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    Board Member
    Bryan Kellenberger, MD

    Family Medicine

    Bryan Kellenberger, MD, has been practicing family medicine since 2010 and has been with Springfield Clinic since 2015.

    Dr. Kellenberger completed his medical degree and his family medicine residency at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. He is a member of the Information Technology Committee in addition to serving on the Board of Directors.

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    Board Member
    Rajan Kochar, MD, MPH


    Rajan Kochar, MD, MPH, joined Springfield Clinic’s gastroenterology team in 2013.

    Dr. Kochar is board certified in gastroenterology and internal medicine. He received his medical degree from the University of Delhi-Maulana Azad Medical College. He first obtained a master’s degree in public health from the University of Massachusetts, then went on to complete his residency at the University of Alabama School of Medicine in internal medicine. He pursued fellowship training in gastroenterology at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and in advanced therapeutic endoscopy at Stanford University.

    While at Stanford University, Dr. Kochar held a faculty position in the Gastrointestinal (GI) Department. He practiced briefly at the University of Texas Health Science Center before joining Springfield Clinic.

    Among his many professional affiliations, Dr. Kochar is a member of the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease and the American Gastroenterological Association.

    Dr. Kochar is the director of the Center for Advanced Endoscopy at Springfield Clinic and director of endoscopy at Memorial Medical Center. Prior to his election to the Board of Directors, he served on Springfield Clinic’s Ambulatory Surgery and Compensation Committees.

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    Board Member
    William Putman, MD

    Center for Women's Health

    William D. Putman, MD, is a board-certified specialist in obstetrics and gynecology with Springfield Clinic’s Center for Women’s Health. Born in Peoria, he graduated cum laude with his medical degree from Creighton University before completing his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. He joined Springfield Clinic right out of residency in 1989.

    In 2009, Dr. Putman was awarded the A. Raymond Eveloff Award for Clinical Excellence. The award recognizes the recipient for going above and beyond the call of duty to ensure the health and well-being of patients and to continually strive for excellence in the delivery of health care.

    Dr. Putman is a member of the American Medical Association, American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists, Illinois State Medical Society, Sangamon County Medical Society, American Urogynecologic Society and American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists. He is a clinical professor at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and has won five “Teacher of the Year” awards.

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    Board Member
    Larry Sapetti, MD

    Family Medicine

    Larry Sapetti, MD is a board-certified Family Medicine doctor with more than 20 years of practice experience. Dr. Sapetti, a native of Kincaid, Illinois, earned his medical degree from University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria and completed his Family Practice residency at Union Hospital in Terre Haute, Indiana. He joined the primary care team at Springfield Clinic in December of 2006.

    Dr. Sapetti most recently served on Springfield Clinic’s Operations & Building Committee prior to his election to the board.

    He is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Academy of Family Physicians, Illinois State Medical Society and Sangamon County Medical Society.

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    Board Member
    Brett Wolters, MD

    Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine

    A native of Quincy, Ill., Brett Wolters, MD, joined Springfield Clinic in 2007. In addition to the Board of Directors, Dr. Wolters serves on the Operations & Building and Marketing Committees.

    Board certified in both orthopedic surgery and sports medicine, Dr. Wolters first obtained a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana before receiving his medical degree from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. He completed his residency at the same institution, achieving the role of chief resident of orthopedic surgery. He then completed a fellowship at the TRIA Orthopedic Center.

    Dr. Wolters is a member of The American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine as well as the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

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    Board Member
    Paul Pacheco, MD, FACS, FASCRS

    Colon and Rectal Surgery

    Paul Pacheco, MD, FACS, FASCRS, has been with the Colon & Rectal Surgery team at Springfield Clinic since 2012.

    Dr. Pacheco received his medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago, Ill. He then completed his general surgery residency at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria, Ill., and his colorectal surgery residency at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

    Dr. Pacheco is director of the Outpatient Surgical Center and is chairman of the Department of General Surgery, both at HSHS St. John’s Hospital, in addition to serving on the Board of Directors. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgery.

    Eveloff Award

    Dushyantkumar R. Patel, MD, holding the 2021 Eveloff award in front of a green background.

    Each year, one physician is chosen from among the many well-trained and talented doctors at Springfield Clinic to receive the prestigious A. Raymond Eveloff Award for Clinical Excellence. The award was established in 1997 in honor of A. Raymond Eveloff, a local pediatrician and one of Springfield Clinic’s founding partners.

    The annual award recognizes the recipient for going above and beyond the call of duty to ensure the health and well-being of patients and to continually strive for excellence in the delivery of health care. Candidates for the award have also demonstrated leadership in the community, the organization and their medical specialties.

    Eveloff Honoree of the Year

    Dushyantkumar Patel, MD — 2021

    The A. Raymond Eveloff Award for 2021 was presented to Dushyantkumar Patel, MD, Hospital Medicine. Over the past year, Dr. Patel has provided exceptional care to his patients that has been noticed and celebrated by his peers. Springfield Clinic is overjoyed to be honoring him with this award.

    Past Honorees

    1997 - 2002

    • 1997: Charles I. Wabner, MD

    • 1998: John L. "Jack" Allen, MD

    • 1999: Henry F. Rohs, MD

    • 2000: Stefan P. Kozak, MD

    • 2001: Keith A. Wichterman, MD

    • 2002: Donald R. Graham, MD

    2003 - 2008

    • 2003: Stephen T. Randag, MD

    • 2004: Stephen M. Ryan, MD

    • 2005: Stuart A. Yaffe, MD

    • 2006: John C. Shaffer, MD

    • 2007: Douglas R. Leigh, MD

    • 2008: Daniel E. Lanzotti, MD

    2009 - 2014

    • 2009: William D. Putman, MD

    • 2010: Michael A. Pick, MD

    • 2011: Donald S. Ross, MD, MBA, FACS

    • 2012: J. Michael Zinzilleta, MD

    • 2013: Lynne D. Barkmeier, MD, FACS

    • 2014: Leonard Giannone, MD

    2015 - 2020

    • 2015: Mary E. Bretscher, MD, FACP

    • 2016: Mark Greatting, MD

    • 2017: Earnest Ertmoed, MD

    • 2018: Phillip Garcia, MD

    • 2019: Beth Bergman, MD

    • 2020: Steven O'Marro, MD, FACP