UPH Government & External Affairs

Dr. Keith Knepp Appointed to the Illinois Health and Hospital Association PAC Board

by | Feb 24, 2021

UnityPoint Health® is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Keith Knepp, president and chief executive officer of UnityPoint Health – Central Illinois, to the Illinois Health and Hospital Association Political Action Committee (IHA PAC) board of directors.

The IHA PAC is a statewide nonpartisan and independent organization administered by a board of directors of member hospital executives. Political action committees like the IHA PAC are a public and open means of participating in the democratic process. By law, PACs must report how much money is raised and how money is spent. The IHA PAC provides support to candidates for the Illinois General Assembly, City of Chicago and Cook County officials as well as statewide candidates for public office, such as Governor.

“Over the past year, we’ve seen more than ever how important it is for health care systems and our political leaders to work together, “ said Dr. Knepp. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to join this board of health care leaders from across the state who are all committed to ensuring access to quality care for our communities.”

The 2021 IHA PAC Board is led by Chairman Dave Schreiner, President & CEO of Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital in Dixon.  Vice-Chair is E.J. Kuiper, President & CEO of HSHS Illinois Division in Springfield.  Nichole Magalis, IHA, is the treasurer and secretary.

Additional members include:

  • James Johnson, President & CEO of Franklin Hospital District, Benton.
  • Vince Bufalino, MD, President of Advocate Medical Group, Downers Grove.
  • Maureen Kahn, President & CEO, Blessing Hospital System, Quincy.
  • Keith Page, President & CEO of Anderson Hospital, Maryville.
  • Scott Teffeteller, SVP, Regional Operating Officer for AMITA Health, Lisle.
  • Robert Senneff, President and CEO of Graham Hospital, Canton.
  • AJ Wilhelmi, IHA President & CEO in Naperville.

New members joining Dr. Knepp are Sean O’Grady, Chief Operating Officer, NorthShore University HealthSystem in Evanston and Colleen Kannaday, Chief Executive Officer at Carle BroMenn Medical Center in Normal.

Dr. Knepp began his first two-year appointment in January.