2023 Pearl Award Recipients

Michelle Carrothers Central Region
Michelle Carrothers, CPA, MBA, FHFMA

Vice President of Strategic Reimbursement, OSF HealthCare Ministry Services

Michelle obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1981and Master of Business Administration Degree in 1989, both from Bradley University in Peoria, IL. She attained her CPA in 1984 and earned her Fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association Certification in 2011.  She has been married to her husband, Ron, for 36 years. They are active members of the Northwoods Community Church and in her free time, she enjoys playing golf, sports, family activities, and cooking.

Michelle began her accounting career with KPMG [Peat Marwick] in 1981 after graduating from Bradley University. She joined the OSF Healthcare System in 1983 as a Senior Hospital Accountant and thereafter, has held various positions in Third-Party Reimbursement as well as Debt and Revenue Management. She has held the distinguished position of Vice President, Strategic Reimbursement in the Finance department since 2014. In this position she feels grateful to be surrounded by co-workers, the Strategic Reimbursement team members, and outside consultants to whom she has had the esteemed privilege of working with. She holds herself in the workplace as someone who is very dedicated and self-sacrificing in her daily professional life. 

This November, Michelle will be celebrating her 40-year work anniversary with OSF Healthcare and has held many key leadership roles over the years. Previously she has served as a member of the Ministry Joint Finance Committee, the Ministry Compliance Committee, OSF Investment Committee and Chair of the Ministry Charity and Community Benefits Committee. Additionally, she was appointed President of the St. Francis Community Clinic Board. She currently serves as a Business Leader for the Ministry Community Health Needs Assessment initiative.
She was also the OSF Campaign Chair from 2012 – 2021 and is currently serving as OSF Campaign Co-Chair. 

Michelle and her husband, Ron, were named the 2023 McCord Philanthropists of the Year for Heart of Illinois United Way. They have been leadership donors and active volunteers for Heart of Illinois United Way for more than 20 years. Michelle’s philanthropic heart is tied directly to the work that the Foundation pursues. For nearly 31 years, Michelle has been a consecutive supporter of many Foundation efforts including a variety of initiatives for the Children’s Hospital of Illinois, Richard L. Owens Hospice Home, Jump Simulation, the College of Nursing and supporting our areas of greatest need at Saint Francis Medical Center, St. Mary Medical Center, and Saint James-John W. Albrecht Medical Center. 

Kelly Jefferson Easter Region
Kelly Jefferson, MSN, RHCEOC

President, OSF HealthCare St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group

A native of Canton, Illinois, Kelly received her nursing diploma from Graham Hospital School of Nursing in Canton and a Master of Science in Nursing from Walden University. Kelly lives in Gladstone with her husband, Brett, daughter, Olivia, and two dogs. When not working, she enjoys engaging in outdoor recreation activities with her family including hiking, backpacking, kayaking, biking and snowshoeing. Kelly is also active in her local church and enjoys volunteering at various fundraising events and local charity events.

Kelly began her career with OSF HealthCare in 1998, progressing from a registered nurse at the bedside to president. She has worked in several areas across the OSF HealthCare System including OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, IL, as a RN in general pediatrics and the neonatal intensive care unit. 

"Prior to moving [to Escanaba] in 2007, my family and I vacationed in the Upper Peninsula for many years and had fallen in love with the area. When the opportunity presented itself, we jumped at the chance to make the move. We consider it a tremendous blessing to live here.”

In 2015, Kelly transitioned into the vice president of operations role. Her experience working in clinical care and performance improvement helped her develop an in-depth understanding of many aspects of the health care delivery system. This knowledge contributed to her ability to plan and effectively execute key systems and processes and made for a successful transition into the position. In January 2022, Kelly made another successful transition, assuming her current role as president. 

“I am always ready to take on new challenges and have been so fortunate throughout my career with OSF to grow and take on new positions. I truly consider it a privilege to serve with the Sisters in providing health care in our community.”

In her short time as president, Kelly has been a leader in philanthropy. Her engagement of donors in sharing of the hopes and dreams to transform health and wellness in Escanaba has been instrumental in the success of the recent cancer campaign.  Kelly makes a special point to share insights with community members, and generously gives of her time and talents to assist with cultivation and stewardship efforts. Kelly’s commitment and care for her patients and SFH Mission Partners…and her encouragement of fundraising initiatives elevates her as a champion of philanthropy.

Breanne Cinnamon Western Region
Breanne Cinnamon, PT-DPT, MBA, MPH

Supervisor Rehabilitation Services, OSF HealthCare Saint Luke Medical Center

Breanne (Brea) Cinnamon received a dual Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and Human Performance & Fitness from St. Ambrose University while competing on the Track & Field Team for the Fighting Bees. She further pursued her studies at St. Ambrose University, completing her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. 

Brea lives in Kewanee with her husband and 5-year-old daughter, Lauren.  Outside of work, she has been involved in many community organizations and boards, including the YMCA of Kewanee (2011-2020, 2023), the Henry County Board of Health (2014-current), and the Kewanee Schools Foundation.  She also has served as the Kewanee High School Varsity Volleyball Coach since 2019.

Following graduation, Brea began working at OSF HealthCare Saint Luke Medical Center (formerly Kewanee Hospital). She has completed a Master of Business Administration and Master of Public Health from Benedictine University. Brea has LSVT BIG certification for treatment for Parkinson's Disease and was a co-leader for a local Parkinson's Disease Support Group. Brea is currently the Rehab Supervisor for OSF Saint Luke Medical Center and OSF Saint Clare Medical Center.

Brea and her husband, Bill, cofounded a nonprofit organization Fueling a Future in 2020 that aims to ease the burden of transportation costs for children requiring medical care. Their vision became clear shortly after their daughter Lauren was born and upon learning that she had a very rare diagnosis, requiring follow-ups with multiple specialists and eventually, two open heart surgeries and a brain surgery, all before she turned 3. Their vision was born and the idea to guarantee that other families in their local communities had the same opportunities to provide the best care for their child(ren) without the financial constraints on their mind was accomplished. Since January of 2020, Fueling a Future has provided nearly $20,000 in gas cards to families in areas surrounding Henry, Bureau, and Stark Counties. 

Brea has dedicated her work to OSF HealthCare and her community by serving with the greatest care and love. She supports her colleagues within Rehab and beyond, bringing a daily sense of comfort and care to those around her. Her dedication to enhancing access of care doesn’t end on a personal level, but with a professional tie to assisting the Foundation by educating and connecting local patients to the Transportation Project, which allows access to transportation for those living in rural communities. Many of Brea’s patients utilize the Saint Luke transportation van to get to and from appointments. Brea’s continues to support this project by word of mouth and direct fundraising efforts such as the annual Saint Luke golf outing – ensuring sustainable transportation is reached for the underserved.