Keith Jewell named new St. Mary’s President


St. Mary’s Board of Directors has selected Keith Jewell as the new President of St. Mary’s Health. He will assume this role in mid-December.


Jewell has more than 20 years of experience in healthcare, including more than ten years at the executive level. An Evansville native, Jewell attended the University of Southern Indiana, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Masters of Business Administration. He began his healthcare career in finance at Deaconess Hospital before moving to Ernst & Young as a health care consultant. In 1993, he joined Franciscan St. Francis Health, where he now serves as the Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer. With hospitals in Indianapolis, Mooresville, and Carmel, Franciscan St. Francis Health is a member of the Franciscan Alliance, a large Catholic health care system in the Midwest with 13 hospitals throughout Indiana and Illinois.

Jewell has been integral to the growth of St. Francis Health. During his tenure, he has shown himself to be an experienced leader with proven skills in performance improvement, in transforming the delivery of healthcare, in effectively leading change, and in meeting the challenges of the evolving environment of healthcare.

“Keith brings extensive experience and skills that will be crucial to the continued success of this healthcare ministry,” said Sister Xavier Ballance, DC, Chair of St. Mary’s Board and President Selection Committee. “He has a passion for Catholic healthcare and a deeply held belief in our Mission of serving all persons, with special attention to those who are poor and vulnerable. We believe he will help us move into the future of healthcare while continuing to provide high-value, person-centered care.”

“St. Mary’s has positioned itself to continue to thrive as we go through this period of change in the industry,” said Jewell. “I’m so impressed by the physicians and staff I’ve met so far, and I’m honored to be returning to my hometown to join them in delivering the St. Mary’s Experience.”

As President of St. Mary’s Health, Jewell will be responsible for advancing our Mission of service in the Evansville tri-state area and for providing leadership and guidance to the more than 750 physicians and 4,000 associates on staff at St. Mary’s.