James Ostrom moved to the Peoria area three years ago to take over as project director of the Milestone Project, a $240 million, 457,000-square-foot addition to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center—and the largest privately funded development in the history of the region. He held direct responsibility for the project’s budget and made critical decisions on a daily basis.

Utilizing his superb management skills, Ostrom held all parties accountable for the massive project while coordinating a variety of supporting projects, including the Berkeley Avenue Project, North Garage remodel, negative air balancing modifications, laboratory renovations, kitchen additions, generator upgrades, and numerous furniture, fixtures and equipment upgrades.

Upon the completion of the Milestone Project, Ostrom was named executive director of Standards and Commissioning in the Corporate Engineering Division of OSF HealthCare. In this role, he is responsible for developing facility standards, total project commissioning, retro-commissioning, and sustainability programs for the OSF HealthCare System.

In his previous project management positions at Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center and Advocate Health Care, he successfully completed several large healthcare construction projects for which he was directly responsible.

Serving as a mentor to his direct reports, Ostrom always has time to provide direction and guidance. He displays a strong work-life balance and exceptional work ethic, often taking on tasks that many executives would feel are beneath them. His ability to work with the team and remain focused on the big picture, all while balancing a multitude of personalities, is remarkable.

In addition to his professional leadership positions, Ostrom is active with the Boy Scouts of America, serving on the leadership team for Cub Scout Pack 76 and as a den leader for Tiger, Wolf and Bear Scouts. He also serves as a coach and associate board member of the Morton Youth Baseball Association and is a soccer coach for the Morton Park District. iBi