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Published on February 28, 2012

KishHealth System Announces Board Changes

February 28, 2012

Michael Larson has been named chair of the KishHealth System Board of Directors succeeding Michael Cullen, who served as chair for four years. Cullen, president and CEO of The National Bank & Trust Co., Sycamore, will continue to serve on the board.

Larson of DeKalb, former owner of Elmer Larson Inc., has served on the health system board of directors for eight years. He is active with the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce and previously was vice president of ReNew DeKalb. He also served on the boards of the Kishwaukee Family YMCA and the DeKalb County Community Foundation.

Michael Larson

Michael Larson

The health system board also recently recognized two longtime members, Mike Mooney and Anita Zurbrugg, who retired from the board after fulfilling their maximum allowable terms. It also welcomed three new members, Thomas Choice, Dr. Photine Liakos, and Leonetta Rizzi.

Mooney of DeKalb ended 18 years of involvement with the health system, which began with his appointment to the Kishwaukee Health System Council in 1993. In 2001, he was appointed to the Kishwaukee Community Hospital Board of Directors, which transitioned to the KishHealth System Board of Directors in 2002. He continued to serve on the health system board until 2011, and was board chair from 2004 to 2007.

"Mike’s contributions to our community's healthcare delivery system cannot be measured just in years," said Kevin Poorten, health system president and CEO. "He provided leadership and vision during a time of reorganization and planning that led to a new hospital in DeKalb, expansion of services, quality improvements in patient care, and strategic initiatives that will take the health system into a new era of reform and technological advances.

"We applaud Mike's continuing and dedicated community involvements and wish him the best as he transitions with the new ownership of the DeKalb/Sycamore GM dealership," Poorten said.

Zurbrugg of DeKalb was appointed to the Kish Hospital board in 2001, and like Mooney, transitioned to the health system board in 2002, serving until 2011. She also was on the board of Health Progress Inc., the health system's for-profit arm, and was its chair from 2004 to 2008.

"As a health system board member, Anita was passionate about improving the healthcare delivery system for our community. We're thrilled that she will continue to serve the human needs of our community in her new role as program director for the DeKalb County Community Foundation," Poorten said.


The newest board members, Choice, Liakos, and Rizzi, began their terms in December 2011.

Tom Choice

Tom Choice

Photine Liakos, MD

Photine Liakos, MD

Leonetta Rizzi

Leonetta Rizzi

Choice, president of Kishwaukee College and past chair of the Ben Gordon Center Board, also served on the Health Progress Board.

Dr. Liakos, a DeKalb native and orthopedic surgeon with Midwest Orthopaedic Institute in Sycamore, previously served on the DeKalb County Board of Health and the Family Service Agency Foundation Board.

Rizzi of Genoa is manager of Coordinated Care Solutions for Walgreens Health System Solutions, Deerfield. Before joining Walgreens she worked in the hospital and community side of healthcare for 26 years.

"Our new board members provide diversity in expertise that will be invaluable as we address the challenges of healthcare reform and meeting the needs of our patients and community," Poorten said.

Other members of the health system board of directors are Terry Duffy, Serena; Dr. Umesh Goswami, DeKalb; Tom Matya, DeKalb; Mary Lynn McArtor, Malta; John Moulton, Sycamore; Dr. Jagdish Patel, DeKalb; Promod Vohra, DeKalb; Brad Waller, Sycamore; and Dr. Ann West, Sandwich.

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