Lord to lead OSF St. Francis

ESCANABA – David Lord has been named the new president and CEO for OSF St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group.

The announcement was made Wednesday by the Governing Board of the Sisters of the Third Order of Saint Francis. Lord’s first day in his new position will be Feb. 4. He will succeed Peter Jennings, who is retiring after serving in this role for the past nine years.

“I am excited and humbled by this opportunity to serve our community in this capacity,” said Lord. “This community is near and dear to my heart. I was born in Escanaba and have been a lifelong resident of the Upper Peninsula. I look forward to working with our team of talented and dedicated staff and physicians as we focus our efforts toward strategic growth. Our Sisters’ have a tremendous commitment to the people of Upper Peninsula and I am proud to be a part of their mission and this OSF ministry.”

Lord joined OSF St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group in 1996. He served as manager of planning and decision support before being named vice president of operations in 2004, overseeing laboratory, medical imaging, respiratory therapy, rehabilitation services, dietary services, plant operations, community relations and information systems.

For two years prior to starting his career with OSF, he was the information technology administrator for Bell Memorial Hospital in Ishpeming.

He currently serves on the Catholic Social Services of the Upper Peninsula Board of Directors, Delta County Economic Development Alliance Board of Directors, YMCA of Delta/Dickinson County Association Board, is a founding member of Bay College Technology Degree Program and serves as a volunteer for various youth sports.

Lord graduated from Escanaba Area High School and received his undergraduate degree from Northern Michigan University, where he also has completed coursework toward a master of public administration.

He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and recipient of the 2006 ACHE Michigan Regent’s Early-Careerist Award. He lives in Escanaba with his wife, Kristin, and their three children, Kaitlyn, Nathan and Andrew.