Fred Wagner - Chief Financial Officer
Fred Wagner has worked for OSF St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group for 24 years, progressing from manager of accounting to chief financial officer. He developed a passion for numbers and accounting in his first year of college and says he enjoys budgeting and forecasting “more than any sane person should.” But the best part of his job, he maintains, is helping others.
“Bills, particularly health care bills, can be very confusing. There’s a lot of anxiety when you don’t know whether you’re receiving an invoice or a statement, when payment is due or even if it’s due. It’s very rewarding when I can sit with someone, help them understand the process and relieve some of that anxiety.”
Born in lower Michigan, Fred moved to the Upper Peninsula as a senior in high school and graduated from Escanaba Area High School. He attended Bay College before transferring to Northern Michigan University, where he received a bachelor of science degree in accounting. He worked in the community mental health field in Monroe and Schoolcraft counties before finding his way to OSF in 1989. His mother, Ruth Wagner, had also worked for OSF, retiring as the manager of surgical services in 1990.
“When I first started at the Hospital, I was known as ‘Ruthie’s boy.’ Later, when she retired and started volunteering at the Hospital as part of the Auxiliary, we laughed because they called her ‘Fred’s mom.’”
The health care industry also led Fred to his wife, Mary, who works at St. Francis as manager of the business office. Together they enjoy traveling, antiquing – Fred particularly likes collecting antique toys and memorabilia. They also enjoy watching movies, camping and spending time with their children, grandchildren and dogs. Fred is active in his church and volunteers his time at various fundraising events that have supported the OSF Foundation, the American Red Cross and other local charities. He said he enjoys working for the Sisters and finds his job as rewarding, challenging and as complex as he did 24 years ago.
“I like that my job is never boring. With new rules and regulations, the health care environment is constantly changing. It makes it difficult to plan for the future, but I like the challenge of trying to predict what changes will be coming and planning different scenarios to address them.”
Joy Hopkins - Vice President, Patient Care Services
Joy Hopkins spent her early years in the Red Wing, Minnesota area, which is "remarkably similar to Escanaba except we enjoyed the Mississippi River instead of Lake Michigan." During her high school years, she moved to the Chicago, Illinois area and spent most of her adult life moving from one Navy port to another. As Joy will tell you, "Of all the places I have visited or lived, I prefer the friendliness and beauty of the Escanaba area."
After two years in the U.S. Navy, Joy won an NROTC scholarship to Marquette University in Milwaukee and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences degree in 1983. She resigned her Navy commission in 1991 to pursue her nursing degree at George Mason University in Virginia. Upon graduation from the nursing program, Joy found herself drawn back to service and rejoined the Navy as a nurse.
It is only natural for Joy to continue her service to the greater good by joining the OSF St. Francis family. "I am delighted to serve the Escanaba community and OSF as the Vice President of Patient Care Services. OSF HealthCare has a strong tradition in quality health care, an industry that is more challenge every day. We will need creative and innovative leadership to sustain us and to honor our Mission of serving persons with the greatest care and love in a community that celebrates the Gift of Life."
Joy's husband of more than 30 years, Dennis, is a retired Navy captain and currently teaches high school locally. They have two grown daughters, Bethany and Stacy, who both live and work in the area. In her time off, Joy enjoys kayaking, cross country skiing and walking her three Beagle mix dogs.