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Javon R. Bea, President and CEO

Javon Bea, President/CEO

A message from Javon R. Bea, President and CEO

Mercyhealth strives to make high quality health care convenient for residents throughout northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. We continually look for opportunities to add new facilities and services in communities whose health care needs are currently unmet.

I am proud that we are once again growing for our communities by building a new hospital and multi-specialty clinic in Crystal Lake. This project has been a long 25-year journey, as we were very persistent in our effort to bring emergency care and hospital services to Crystal Lake for the first time ever.

We have been privileged to provide high-quality physician and outpatient care to Crystal Lake residents for over two decades, and we are excited to take our services to the next level. 

The facility will be home to a hospital with private inpatient and intensive care suites, surgery suites, emergency care and diagnostic services, as well primary and specialty care physician offices. Having all of these services under one roof gives our patients a much more integrated, coordinated and convenient experience, especially for elderly patients who have to travel to different locations to see various physicians.

Most importantly, we are excited to give Crystal Lake residents access to emergency services, which have been severely lacking in Crystal Lake for decades. When an emergency strikes, residents have had to drive to other cities which, during peak travel times, is no easy task and further delays the often lifesaving care they need. The addition of an ED in Crystal Lake is long overdue, and we are proud that we will finally be providing 24/7 immediate, emergent care for this growing community.

We anticipate the new facility will open in early 2023. Click here to learn more and watch a video of our groundbreaking for this much-needed facility.

Wishing you good health,

Javon R. Bea

About Javon Bea

Javon R. Bea is President and CEO of Mercyhealth, a vertically integrated, multi-regional system with 7 hospitals, 700+ employed physician partners and 7,000+ employee/partners, 85 primary and specialty care locations, a home health and hospice division, and a wholly owned and operated insurance company. Mercyhealth offers services across 15 northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin counties.

Javon’s experience implementing effective culture of excellence programs and innovative physician compensation models to foster system turnaround is unparalleled. He pioneered a “partnership model” of compensation and designed a custom culture of excellence program that promotes both clinical and service quality initiatives.

Over the last 30 years, Javon transformed Mercy Hospital from a single, stand-alone hospital into the large, vertically integrated health system. When he began in 1989, Mercy Hospital was a struggling community hospital with no integrated physician partners. Today, more than 700 multi-specialty physicians are completely integrated employed physician partners—a model that Mercyhealth leadership championed long before it was recognized as a path to sustainable success throughout the industry. In fact, Mercyhealth has operated as a virtual Accountable Care Organization (ACO) for decades, and has developed advanced physician and clinical protocols of care that position it for success under the new ACO model of care.

In 2015, Javon led the merger and integration of Mercy Health System and Rockford Health System to form Mercyhealth. Under his visionary leadership, Mercyhealth opened a state-of-the-art hospital and medical campus on I-90 and Riverside Boulevard in Rockford, Illinois, in January 2019. The project was the largest in Rockford’s history. The Mercyhealth Board of Directors unanimously voted to name the facility Javon Bea Hospital and Physician Clinic–Riverside in his honor. 

Javon’s management and leadership has led to numerous national recognitions, including being named the first fully integrated health system to receive the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the highest Presidential award for quality and organizational excellence; Magnet Recognition®, the gold standard of nursing excellence; ranked #1 and #2 on AARP’s Top 100 Best Places to Work for Workers over 50; and ranked in the top 25 on the 100 Integrated Healthcare Networks list by Modern Healthcare magazine for over 12 years.

In addition, Javon was honored with Medical Group Management Association’s 2019 Harwick Innovation Award for his revolutionary W2 Physician Partnership Model that helped transform Mercyhealth into a thriving, integrated health system.

Javon has more than four decades of experience in the national health care arena, having served at prestigious and well-respected medical centers throughout the country. A sought-after speaker and consultant, Javon is renowned for his innovations in the areas of integrated health care delivery and physician partnership models. He has written extensively for national health care publications, as well as co-authored The Capitation Sourcebook: A Practical Guide to Managing At-Risk Arrangements, and published a book entitled Journey to Excellence.

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