OSF HealthCare chairperson Sister Judith Ann Duvall to speak at EC commencement

Sister Judith Ann Duvall

Sister Judith Ann Duvall O.S.F., Chairperson of the OSF Healthcare System Board of Directors, will deliver the commencement address at Eureka College May 10. She will share a message about faith, service and leadership with approximately 170 graduates at the 10:30 a.m. ceremony at Rinker Amphitheatre.

“Sister Judith Ann has received numerous awards for service and leadership,” said Eureka College President J. David Arnold. “As a strong leader whose life and professional activities represent the excellence in learning, service and leadership that our college was founded upon, Sister Judith Ann will inspire our graduates to continue to serve and lead throughout their lives and will set the perfect tone as Eureka College launches the commemorative activities to honor the 160th anniversary of its founding.”

As part of the ceremony, Sister Judith Ann will receive the President’s Servant Leader Award. The award initiated by Arnold this year honors people from all spheres of leadership for their values of learning, service and leadership, which reflect Eureka College’s mission and core values. Due to space limitations, the ceremony will not be open to the public.

Sister Judith Ann has been chairperson of OSF HealthCare since 2006 when she also was named Major Superior of The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis. She also is chairperson of the boards of OSF Healthcare Foundation and OSF Saint Francis, Inc.

Sister Judith Ann is the founding coordinator of the Ministry Development Program for OSF leaders. In its 25th year, the program is designed to deepen the understanding of and commitment to OSF’s founding mission to serve those in need of health care with the greatest care and love and has transformed the culture of the OSF community.

Sister Judith Ann has a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Northern Illinois University, a bachelor’s degree in business management and administration from Bradley University and a master’s degree in Catholic doctrine from St. John’s University.

Headquartered in Peoria, OSF HealthCare is an integrated health system owned and operated by The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis, Peoria, and includes OSF Healthcare System consisting of nine acute care facilities, two colleges of nursing and a physician organization employing more than 640 physicians in various specialties and nearly 300 advanced practitioners who are part of the OSF Medical Group. To align more closely its care delivery system with physicians, OSF developed clinical service lines in cardiovascular services, neurosciences and pediatrics. OSF HealthCare owns an extensive network of home health services known as OSF Home Care Services and also owns OSF Saint Francis, Inc., comprised of health care-related businesses, and OSF Healthcare Foundation, the philanthropic arm of OSF Healthcare System and OSF Home Care.

OSF HealthCare has perennially been recognized as among The Top 100 Integrated Health Care Networks in the U.S., the past 13 consecutive years as reported in Modern Healthcare, one of the premier health care industry publications. U.S. News & World Report has selected various OSF HealthCare hospitals as among the 100 Best Hospitals in the U.S. for selected services.

The commencement ceremony will kick off activities commemorating the 160th anniversary of Eureka College’s founding.

“Founded by abolitionists in 1855, and as the first college in Illinois and the third in the nation to admit women on an equal basis as men, Eureka College has stayed true to its courageous founders’ vision by maintaining its unrelenting efforts to provide equal opportunities for education and by remaining accessible and affordable for our student body,” Arnold said.

“The 2014-2015 academic year anniversary celebration will center on the theme ‘Honoring 160 Years Toward Equality of Opportunity,’ recognizing both the rich tradition of equality and our institutional desire to lead the industry of higher education in areas of diversity and inclusion.”