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OSF Foundation Celebrates 2022 Culture of Philanthropy Honorees

Eileen Knightley - Pearl Award recipient 2022

The OSF HealthCare Foundation has announced the 2022 Pearl Award recipient. The Pearl Award recognizes contributions to philanthropic excellence, compassionate care, and visionary leadership that will transform health care.

The Pearl Award was established in recognition of Dr. Richard Pearl, former director of pediatric trauma and surgeon in-chief at OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois and the former director of surgical simulation at Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center, in recognition of his profound demonstration of the Culture of Philanthropy and his relationships and involvement with the OSF Foundation. 

Eileen Knightly, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at OSF HealthCare Little Company of Mary Medical Center in Evergreen Park, Ill. is this year’s recipient. Eileen is accountable for leading the nursing operations at OSF Little Company of Mary to achieve key results and drive superior clinical outcomes. Together, with other members of the leadership team, Eileen establishes quality standards and develops policies and procedures for the nursing staff. Eileen has served in a variety of nursing leadership roles throughout her career and is also vice president of Equal Hope and was a founding member of the Metropolitan Breast Cancer Task Force in Chicago.

The Pearl Award recipient is presented with a one-of-a-kind, custom made, hand-blown, glass lotus flower from J. Draper Glass studio in Peoria, Ill. Nestled within the lotus flower rests a stunning pearl. Pearls are known for their beauty, serenity, integrity and loyalty, all traits that the award recipient exemplifies. The lotus flower is unique and ever evolving with its petals always reaching up to the light that brings sustaining life. Each year the colors vary with a touch of Franciscan brown intertwined, similar to how philanthropy is embodied within the Mission of OSF HealthCare and The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis.

The OSF HealthCare Foundation honored five regional leaders during its annual Culture of Philanthropy Celebration on November 9. The Pearl Award was presented to a recipient selected from the 2022 honorees. 

2022 Honorees:
Eastern Region: Dr. Samina Yousuf, pediatrician, OSF Medical Group, Bloomington.
Eastern Region: Eileen Knightly, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, OSF HealthCare Little Company of Mary 
                       Medical Center, Evergreen Park.
Central Region: Dr. Mark Plunkett, Chief of Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery at OSF Saint Francis Medical 
                      Center, Peoria 
Western Region: Roxanna Crosser, chief executive advisor (Galesburg-based).
Western Region: Laura Glazebrook, behavioral health nurse, OSF Saint Elizabeth Medical Center, Ottawa.

Learn more about the Pearl Award and regional honorees at


OSF HealthCare is an integrated health system owned and operated by The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis, headquartered in Peoria, Illinois. OSF HealthCare employs nearly 24,000 Mission Partners in 150 locations, including 15 hospitals – ten acute care, five critical access – with 2,089 licensed beds, and two colleges of nursing throughout Illinois and Michigan. The OSF HealthCare physician network employs more than 1,500 primary care, specialist and advanced practice providers. OSF HealthCare, through OSF Home Care Services, operates an extensive network of home health and hospice services. It also owns Pointcore, Inc., comprised of health care-related businesses; OSF HealthCare Foundation, the philanthropic arm for the organization; and OSF Ventures, which provides investment capital for promising health care innovation startups. More at

The OSF HealthCare Foundation serves to help insure the future integrity of the OSF HealthCare Mission. For more information, visit