Colleen L. Kannaday, 38, is president of St. Francis Hospital & Health Center in Blue Island, Illinois, recognized as one of the top 100 cardiovascular hospitals in the nation. Colleen began her healthcare career 14 years ago as one of the first trainees in SSM Health Care’s Executive Training Program. Subsequently, she has held positions of increasing responsibility in facilities across SSM Health Care.
In 1993, she served as vice president of operations at St. Eugene Community Hospital in Dillon, SC, where she also served as interim president for 6 months. Active in the Dillon community, Colleen was recognized by the Business and Professional Women’s Organization of South Carolina as the state’s “Young Careerist.”
In 1996, she joined St. Francis Hospital & Health Center as executive vice president and led an institution-wide reengineering of systems and developed productivity standards that resulted in annual savings of $5.5 million.
Colleen was appointed president of St. Francis in March 2001. As president, her duties have included the design and implementation of a $33.6 million hospital expansion and renovation. She created and leads a new senior leadership team in furthering the hospital’s mission and vision.
In March 2002, the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) awarded Colleen the Robert S. Hudgens Memorial Award for young healthcare executive of the year. She was selected for the award based on demonstrated leadership, administrative ability, motivation, attitude, innovation and creativity.
She received her master’s degree in Health Administration from St. Louis University and her bachelor’s degree in political science from Santa Clara University in California.
Her current professional affiliations include the Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council Board of Directors, the Illinois Department of Public Health Adequate Health Care Task Force, the Illinois Hospital Association Advocacy Council, the Joint Commission Healthcare Professional Education Roundtable, the Blue Island Rotary, and the Blue Cap Board of Directors.
She is a diplomat in the American College of Healthcare Executives and a former member of the ACHE Regent’s Advisory Council.