CHI Health announces new CEO

“It is so important that we create a caring environment in which human kindness is evident from the moment our patients enter our facilities," said new CEO and President, E.J. Kuiper. 
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – CHI Health has announced E. J. Kuiper as their new CEO and President of the Midwest Division.

On Monday, Jan. 17, Kuiper began his position by providing strategic leadership to the health system’s 28 hospitals, two behavioral health centers and more than 150 employed physician practices.

Kuiper previously served as president and CEO at Hospital Sisters Health System Illinois, a nine-hospital division with more than 1,150 acute care beds. Kuiper holds a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy, a master’s degree in health science and a doctor of physical therapy degree.

“I believe that as a health care system, our most precious asset is our people,” Kuiper says. “Without a highly engaged workforce, our hospitals, our clinics, our office buildings are just real estate.”

Kuiper says kindness is his top priority in life and work.

“We are all in this together. Genuine and sometimes random gestures of kindness and love can make such a difference in someone’s day,” he says. “It is so important that we create a caring environment in which human kindness is evident from the moment our patients enter our facilities,” said Kuiper.

Kuiper says the biggest challenge right now is the significant strain on our health care workers.

“Whether directly at the bedside or a few steps away supporting caregivers behind the scenes, everyone has felt the impact of the pandemic. Turnover in health care across the nation is too high, engagement levels are too low and too many of us feel burned out. Working on workforce wellness at CHI Health will be my focus going forward,” said Kuiper.

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