FHN Names Kathryn Martinez Chief Operating Officer

FREEPORT, ILLINOIS — FHN is proud to announce the promotion of Kathryn Martinez, MSN, RN, FACHE to the position of Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer / Chief Nursing Officer.

“Kathy has demonstrated her commitment and passion for FHN as an executive-level leader over the past several years as Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Services,” said FHN President and CEO Mark Gridley. “I am proud to have her as one of our senior leaders to help support me and all of our staff in providing excellent patient care.”

Martinez brings years of clinical and operational experience to her new role. She holds a master’s degree in nursing and is obtaining a doctorate degree in healthcare administration from Walden University. She is a board-certified Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

She has led FHN’s collaborative efforts with a number of area agencies, most notably the Connect the D.O.T.S. (Doors of Team Support) program to connect community members with the help they need from area partner organizations, from first responders to transportation providers to various agencies whose missions include the type of expanded assistance these patients need.

FHN, a not-for-profit organization with nearly 1,400 employees, is an award-winning regional healthcare system committed to the health and well-being of the people of northwest Illinois and southern Wisconsin. FHN Memorial Hospital has been recognized as one of the state’s top hospitals for safety by the Leapfrog group and Healthgrades as well as by the world’s largest, completely independent, non-profit product- and service-testing organization. FHN caregivers serve an average of 1,500 people each day across FHN’s 19 locations in 5 counties spanning northwest Illinois. Organized in 1995 as an integrated healthcare delivery system, FHN is comprised of FHN Memorial Hospital, the Leonard C. Ferguson Cancer Center at FHN Memorial Hospital, 13 family healthcare centers offering primary and specialty medical care, hospice, and outpatient mental health services. For more information about FHN, please visit www.fhn.org.


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