News Release, Franciscan Health:

Two Franciscan Health hospitals in Northwest Indiana have a new CFO and Franciscan Health Crown Point has a new vice president of medical affairs, the healthcare ministry announced today.

Justin Kats became the new chief financial officer for Franciscan Health Crown Point and Franciscan Health Michigan City effective April 8. Kats recently served as the executive director/system controller for UChicago Medicine for 10 years and previously served as manager for audit services for Crowe Horwath, LLP for 10 years.

“I am excited to join Franciscan Alliance, its mission and the wonderful individuals that serve their community and each other,” Kats said. “I am looking forward to engaging with the leadership teams in Crown Point and Michigan City as they seek to provide high quality care impacting lives across the broader region.”

Kats earned his B.S. degree in accounting from Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Ill. and his MBA from Purdue University Calumet in Hammond. He is a certified public accountant and a chartered global management accountant. He is also an active member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

“We are excited to have Justin join our Franciscan Health team,” Franciscan Health Michigan City President and CEO Dean Mazzoni said. “He brings to the CFO role great training and experience, and he and his family reside in the community we serve. He is a great addition and we look forward to working with him to expand access to high quality, Franciscan health care throughout Northwest Indiana.”

Ryan Misek, DO, became Franciscan Health Crown Point’s new vice president of medical affairs on April 1. Dr. Misek, an emergency medicine physician, earned his B.S. degree from Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Ill. and his Doctor of Osteopathy degree from Midwestern University/Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in Downers Grove, Ill.

He completed his internship and residency at Franciscan Health Olympia Fields and joined the medical staff at Franciscan Health Crown Point in 2015. Dr. Misek was assistant medical director of the emergency department from 2020 to 2021 and has served as medical director of the emergency department since June 2021. As a member of the medical staff, he served as department of medicine chairman from 2022 to 2023 and as vice president of the medical staff in 2024.

“It has been my honor to work side by side with the remarkable medical staff at Franciscan Health Crown Point since 2015 and I’m thrilled to be able to now serve in this new role,” Dr. Misek said. “I look forward to the work we will do together in our Franciscan tradition to serve our patients and the community at large at this new, state-of-the-art hospital.”

Dr. Misek was appointed a clinical assistant professor at Midwestern University, where he has been the emergency medicine course director since 2017. He is also involved in graduate medical education and has been core faculty with the Franciscan Health Olympia Fields Emergency Medicine Residency Program since 2015.

“Ryan is a well-respected member of our medical staff and has been emergency room medical director, a member of our medical staff leadership and our Ethics Committee over the past few years,” Franciscan Health Crown Point President and CEO Dr. Daniel McCormick said. “I am looking forward to him joining the leadership team and applying his talents and clinical skills for the betterment of all patients and families at Franciscan Health Crown Point.”