Sr. Jo Mary Trstensky, In her many leadership roles with the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis and Hospital Sister Health System (HSHS), Sr. Jomary Trstensky, OSF, has inspired her colleagues to live the values and mission of the Hospital Sisters and Catholic Church. Over the decades, she has had a particularly strong influence on hundreds of nursing leaders at HSHS hospitals. As a nurse, she has a deep understanding of how policies and decisions made at the board level translate to care at the bedside.
Sr. Jomary has a distinguished 50-plus year career in Catholic health care. She currently serves as chairperson of the Hospital Sisters Ministries Board, which was established in 2015 as the public juridic sponsor of HSHS. She had previously served as the Provincial Superior of the American Province of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis (2007 – 2015), as president of HSHS (1989-2006), and as executive vice president of HSHS (1988-89). In addition, she has served as the assistant administrator at St. Vincent Hospital, Greenbay, Wisconsin, on the Provincial leadership team, and had nursing responsibilities at St. John's Hospital, Springfield, Illinois, and St. Mary's Hospital, Streator, Illinois.
Early in her career as a young nurse in the 1960s, Sr. Jomary was hand-picked to be part of the surgical team that performed the first open-heart surgery in Springfield at St. John's Hospital. She subsequently played an integral role in creating the world class heart surgery program that is today's Prairie Heart Institute.
During her career Sr. Jomary's leadership has been instrumental in the growth and success of HSHS, which employs more than 14,000 colleagues and consists of 14 hospitals and nearly 200 integrated physician clinic locations. Sr. Jomary helped nurture the growth of St. John's College of Nursing which today offers baccalaureate and master's degrees in nursing. She initiated the creation of Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach, which has collected and distributed more than $60 million worth of usable medical equipment and supplies to hospitals and clinics in 87 countries since its founding in 2002. She also led the Hospital Sisters' discernment process to adopt a public juridic person as the sponsorship model for HSHS.
In addition to her leadership at HSHS, Sr. Jomary has been active in different Catholic ministries, including the Haitian Health Foundation, which helps more than 200,000 people with nutrition, public health, housing, maternity, and education services. She has also served as a board member for the Catholic Health Association; the Illinois and Wisconsin Catholic Health Associations; Catholic Charities of the Springfield, Illinois Diocese; and Consorta, Inc.