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DECATUR — Mayor Julie Moore Wolfe is leaving her position as one of the top executives at Decatur Memorial Hospital for a job at HSHS St. Mary's Hospital.

St. Mary's announced the move Wednesday, saying Moore Wolfe will start July 6 as executive director of philanthropy, advocacy and community relations.

At DMH, she had served as director of community and government relations. She started working at DMH in January 2008. 

Moore Wolfe said the move seemed to be a good fit for her future. 

“I am very thankful for the years I’ve had at DMH. I am grateful for the opportunities I’ve had there,” she said in a phone interview. “I am excited for the work at HSHS. It’s all good.”

Moore Wolfe will lead fundraising efforts through the hospital's foundation, which she said is new territory for her despite a decade of experience in health care.

She will also work with other elected officials and help with community and media relations, St. Mary's said. 

Moore Wolfe will replace Debbie Seitz as the leader of the HSHS St. Mary’s Foundation. Seitz retires on July 31, 2018. 

Moore Wolfe, a native of Mattoon, moved to Decatur in 1986 when she started working at WAND-TV as the main anchor and worked there for more than a decade. She was president of the Decatur Chamber of Commerce for seven years, and also has served as regional manager of the "Opportunities Returns" program for the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

She is Decatur's first female mayor, having been appointed after the death of former Mayor Mike McElroy in 2015 and then elected to the position in 2017.

“We are very excited to have Julie join our team,” said Joan M. Coffman, president and CEO of St. Mary’s, in a statement. “Her passion, dedication and spirit in partnering together to improve Decatur and provide better healthcare services to the many families that call Decatur home is quite remarkable.”

A DMH spokesperson did not respond to an email request for comment Wednesday afternoon. 

Claire Hettinger of the Herald & Review contributed to this story.

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