The parent company of Evanston’s St. Francis Hospital has a new CEO.

Sandra Bruce has been appointed President and CEO of Resurrection Health Care, effective Nov. 3.

She succeeds Joseph Toomey, 74, who is retiring after 16 years at Resurrection.

Bruce, 63, is currently President and CEO of Saint Alphonsus in Boise, Idaho, a health care system serving Southwestern Idaho, Eastern Oregon and Northern Nevada.

She was previously President and CEO of Mercy General Health Partners in Muskegon, Michigan, a combined health care system formed through a joint operating agreement between the Muskegon Mercy Community Health Care System and Muskegon General Hospital.

Bruce is immediate past chair of the Board of Trustees of the Catholic Health Association and served as past chair of the Michigan Health and Hospital Association, and the Idaho Hospital Association.

She holds a Master’s of Science in health administration from the University of Notre Dame and a bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University. She is a member of the American College of Health Care Executives, the American College of Health Care Administrators, and the American Society for Aging.

Sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth and Sisters of the Resurrection, Resurrection Health Care is the largest Catholic health care system in the Chicago area.

In addition to St. Francis in Evanston, it operates four hospitals in Chicago as well as ones in Des Plaines, Oak Park and Melrose Park.

It has more than 15,000 employees and 3,100 physicians on its hospitals’ medical staffs. Resurrection’s revenue from patient care exceeded $1.6 billion last year.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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