E.J. Kuiper serves Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota and North Dakota as the President of CommonSpirit Health’s Midwest Division and Chief Executive Officer of CHI Health, based in Omaha, Nebraska. With 28 hospitals, two stand-alone behavioral health facilities and a program dedicated to the developmentally disabled, E.J. Kuiper leads more than 13,000 employees and 4,000 physicians across four states. His strong focus on relationships, quality, safety and experience positions the ministry of the Midwest Division to continue serving the next generation of families, while also educating the next generation of health care providers.
A physical therapist by training, Kuiper received his bachelor’s degree from the Academy of Physical Therapy in the Netherlands. He went on to earn a Master of Science in Health Services Administration from Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Florida, and a Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine, also in Florida. With a love for health care operations and a calling to leadership, Kuiper went from mentoring people to leading hospitals and health systems. Before coming to CHI Health, he served as Illinois Division President and CEO for the Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) in Springfield, Illinois.
Kuiper has significant experience in successful collaboration with strategic partners, as evidenced by his ability to secure a 10-year master agreement relative to clinical, teaching and research activities with the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, which resulted in the construction of a 54-bed neonatal intensive care unit and an 80,000-square-foot ambulatory facility for women’s and children’s services, and the comprehensive 10-year agreement with Springfield Clinic around a substantial number of specialty and subspecialty services.
Before joining Hospital Sisters Health System in 2013, E.J. served as the president and chief executive officer of Saint Anthony’s Health System in Alton, Illinois, where his hospitals were recognized by The Joint Commission as a Top Performing Hospital on Key Quality Measures in 2012 and 2013. He also served as the chief operating officer of HCA Southwest Florida Regional Medical Center and Gulf Coast Hospital in Fort Myers, Florida.
Kuiper is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), a member of the State of Illinois Hospital Licensing Board, and a member of the American Hospital Association’s Regional Policy Board.
Kuiper, who grew up in the Netherlands, is married to his wife Patty of nearly 30 years. The couple have two grown daughters and a son.