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Deborah Graves Named New President of Memorial Hospitals

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BELLEVILLE, IL (February 22, 2024) – BJC HealthCare East Region has announced Deborah Graves will be joining BJC Health System as president of Memorial Hospital – Belleville and Shiloh, beginning in mid-March. Graves will succeed Mike McManus, who is retiring in April and will assist with the transition. 

Graves has more than 20 years of experience, most recently as President of SSM St. Joseph Hospital - Lake Saint Louis. Prior to joining SSM, Graves spent six years at LifeBridge Health, Levindale Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, where she had served as president since 2017. She began her career as an emergency department nurse in New Orleans, followed by roles of increasing scope and responsibility across the health care spectrum, including as chief executive officer for several years at Regency Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

Graves earned her bachelor’s degrees in sociology and nursing from Louisiana State University and a master’s in business administration in management from the University of New Orleans. She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and American Organization of Nurse Executives, board member for Crossroads Clinic/Volunteers in Medicine and member of the Lake Saint Louis Ambassadors Club. Graves has been selected as a top leader in health care three different times in her career.

About BJC HealthCare 

Memorial Hospital – Belleville and Shiloh are part of BJC HealthCarewhich serves the East Region of BJC Health System, one of the largest nonprofit health care organizations in the United States. Through its 14 hospitals and multiple health service organizations, BJC facilities deliver extraordinary care to urban, suburban and rural communities in greater St. Louis, southern Illinois and southeast Missouri, as well as to people from across the country and around the world at its academic hospitals Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s Hospitals. BJC’s nationally-recognized academic hospitals are affiliated with Washington University School of Medicine. Services provided include inpatient and outpatient care, primary care, community health and wellness, workplace health, home health, community mental health, rehabilitation, long-term care and hospice. To learn more, visit BJC.org, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn. As one of the largest employers in Missouri, BJC Health System comprises 24 hospitals and hundreds of clinics and service organizations and operates in two distinct regions, serving patients in its west region through Saint Luke’s Health System.

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