Catholic Healthcare News – October 2017

SCL Health Names Permanent CEO

“After a national search, SCL Health has decided to stick with its interim CEO to lead the Broomfield-based health system into the future,” Denver Business Journal reports. “Officials announced Friday that Lydia Jumonville, who has led the $2.5 billion system since May after serving as its chief financial officer for the previous seven years, is now its full-time CEO. Jumonville will oversee a non-profit organization that operates 12 hospitals and 210 physician clinics in three states — including Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver, Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge and Good Samaritan Medical Center in Lafayette. Jumonville took the daily reins at the system after former CEO Mike Slubowski, who oversaw the company’s move of its headquarters to Colorado and grew several non-hospital lines of business, left to become COO of Michigan-based Trinity Health.”

Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health in Final Stages of Assessing ‘Alignment’

“Officials of Catholic Health Initiatives, parent company of CHI Health in Nebraska and western Iowa, said the health system is in the ‘final stages of the due diligence process’ to assess a potential ‘alignment’ with San Francisco-based Dignity Health,” the Omaha World-Herald reports. “CHI, the nation’s third-largest nonprofit health system, operates 101 hospitals and has operations 17 states. Dignity Health has 39 hospitals in California, Arizona and Nevada, and more than 400 other sites across 22 states.”

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Bob Baxter Named Mercy Health Toledo President

“Bob Baxter has been named president and chief executive officer for Mercy Health Toledo, a position he’s held in an interim capacity since June, the health system announced Wednesday,” reports the Toledo Blade. “Mr. Baxter joined Mercy Health in 2010 when he was named president of St. Rita’s Medical Center. Before that, he was vice president of operations and chief operating officer at Rapid City Regional Medical Center in South Dakota. Mr. Baxter succeeds Dr. Imran Andrabi, who became president at ThedaCare, a hospital system in northeast Wisconsin.”

CHRISTUS Northeast Texas Chief Nurse Executive Earns National Recognition

“Robert Rose, MS, NEA-BC, Chief Nurse Executive of CHRISTUS Health’s Northeast Texas Region, has been named to the Becker’s Hospital Review 60 CNOs to Know List for 2017,” according to the Gilmer Mirror. “Rose is the Chief Nursing Officer for CHRISTUS Health Northeast, which includes CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System, CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Health System and CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System.” Paul Harvey, MHA, President and Chief Executive Officer of CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospitals, commented, “‘As a consummate problem-solver, Rose is an operations-minded and care-conscious leader that balances passion for patient experience with administrative management. He has played a huge role in implementing processes that ensure that our hospitals and clinics run smoothly and that our patients cared for with compassion, dignity and excellence.’”

Father Joseph Cardone Named Mercy Health Chief Mission Officer

“The Rev. Joseph Cardone has been named chief mission officer and senior vice president of mission and values integration for the Mercy Health system effective Nov. 1, Mercy officials announced Monday,” the Toledo Blade reports. “He is currently vice president of mission and values integration for Mercy Health St. Vincent Medical Center and Mercy Health Children’s Hospital in Toledo. He succeeds Sister Kathy Green, who died of cancer on Aug. 28. In his new role, Father Cardone said he will work to make sure the system’s mission and dedication to Catholic teachings are present ‘in every conversation’ at Mercy Health’s 23 hospitals, eight senior living communities, five hospice programs, and seven home health agencies in Ohio and Kentucky.”