December 20th, 2001

A health-care veteran is Great River Health Systems’ new Integrated Services Director. Amy O’Brien’s first day in the newly developed position was Dec. 3.

She is a liaison to the health systems’ community-health clinics and its retail entities. The clinics are: Burlington Area Family Practice Center, Dallas City (Ill.) Clinic, Great River Mental Health Care Associates, Great River Nephrology, Healthwest Clinic, Mediapolis Clinic, Morning Sun Clinic, Wapello Clinic and West Point Clinic.

The retail businesses are: Heritage Family Pharmacy, Heritage Park Pharmacy, Heritage Partners Pharmacy, and Heritage Medical Equipment and Supplies.

“The integrated services director position was created to provide a means of guidance to make sure these areas are meeting the communities’ needs as well as operating efficiently,” said Mark Richardson, Great River Health Systems President and CEO. “We have a responsibility for both.”

O’Brien has developed a new position before. As the first controller, then chief financial officer, of Kansas University Physicians Inc., she helped form a new corporation that combined 16 physician clinics into one multispecialty operation. Although this is not the purpose of O’Brien’s job at Great River Health Systems, her experience is valuable.

She moved to Burlington in 1986 with her husband, Southeastern Community College (SCC) head basketball coach Joe O’Brien. At SCC, she was Vice President for Student Services and, previously, Vice President for Administrative Services.

O’Brien has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Southeastern Louisiana University and a master’s degree in higher-education administration from Central Missouri State University.