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Morris Hospital Board announces 2013-14 officers

Rittof replaces Baker as president

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

MORRIS – Mike Rittof of Channahon is the new board chairman at Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers.

He succeeds Bruce Baker, who has served on the board for 11 years, including the past two years as chair. Baker remains on the board as immediate past president.

Additional officers on the Morris Hospital Board for the 2013-14 term include Kelly Beaty of Morris, vice chairman; Sheldon Sobol of Morris, secretary; and Rodney Engstrom, of Seneca, treasurer.

A lifelong resident of Channahon, Rittof is managing director at The Private Bank. He holds an associate’s degree in business administration from Joliet Junior College.

Rittof was elected to the Morris Hospital board in 2003, and served as treasurer from 2006-10 and vice chairman in 2011-12.

In addition to Morris Hospital, Rittof has extensive involvement in community and professional organizations, including past chair and director of the Will County Center for Economic Development, member of the Greater Channahon-Minooka Area Chamber of Commerce, co-chair of the Channahon Three Rivers Festival, past president and member of the Joliet Rotary Club, director of the Will County Community Foundation, chairman and director of People for Channahon Parks Foundation, board member of the Will-Grundy Medical Clinic, director of the Channahon Economic Development Corporation, member of the Minooka Lions Club, and 2012-13 campaign chair of United Way of Will County.

“I have always had an interest in local health care,” said Rittof, who served as a volunteer emergency medical technician for the Channahon Fire Department for more than 20 years. “I believe Morris Hospital is a great asset to our area. Serving on the board gives me the opportunity to have a role in providing for the health care needs of our community.”

Kelly Beaty was elected to the Morris Hospital Board of Directors in 2004 and served as treasurer from 2011-12, before becoming vice chair this year. In addition to serving as vice chair of the board, he is chair of the finance, nominating and physician compensation committees.

A graduate of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Beaty is president of Standard Bank and Trust. He also serves on the Morris Police Pension Board and is a current facilitator for Operation St. Nick. Previously, Beaty was a board member of the United Way of Grundy County and Grundy Economic Development Council, and a member of the Morris Rotary.

Sheldon Sobol was elected to the Morris Hospital Board of Directors in 2005, and has served as secretary since 2008. He currently serves as chair of the hospital board’s long-range planning committee.

A native of Morris, Sobol is an associate circuit judge of the 13th Judicial Circuit, having served as Grundy County state’s attorney from 2001-11.

Sobol is a graduate of Northern Illinois University and the John Marshall Law School.  He is a member and past president of the Morris Kiwanis, a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, the Grundy County Council on Domestic Violence, and Sportsmen for Charities (an entity affiliated with United Cerebral Palsy), and president of and coach with the Morris Warriors Youth Football organization. He previously served on the board of the United Way in Grundy County and is a past member and chairman of Breaking Away (domestic violence protection service).

He and his wife, Laurie, have three sons, Reese, Griffin and Keagan.  

Rodney Engstrom is a retired superintendent from Seneca Township High School, where he was also a teacher, coach and business manager. He received a bachelor’s degree in education from Western Illinois University, a master’s in administration from Illinois State University, and a certificate of advanced study, superintendent endorsement from National Lewis University.

Engstrom was elected to the Morris Hospital Board of Directors in 2007, and currently serves on the finance, quality and recruitment committees. He also serves on the Morris Hospital Foundation Board of Directors and is past president of Our Savior Lutheran Church Council.

The Board of Directors at Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers is made up of 11 volunteer members who live in the communities served by the hospital. The board is responsible for providing oversight and governance to ensure quality care and adherence to the hospital’s mission, setting strategic direction for the hospital, and overseeing hospital policies and financial matters.

Also serving on the board with Rittof, Beaty, Sobol, and Engstrom are Jackie Goggins of Channahon; Tami Hansen of Coal City; Dr. Daniel Jurak of Morris; Cathy Macchietto of Morris; Barry Narvick of Morris; Dr. John Roth of Morris; Dr. Peter Roumeliotis of Shorewood; and Bruce Baker of Verona.

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