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Hope Ministries Member, Regina Benjamin, M.D., also to Serve Second Term

June 10, 2009

Regina M. Benjamin, M.D.
Founder and CEO of Bayou La Batre Rural Health Clinic in Alabama

Robert V. Stanek
President and Chief Executive Officer for Catholic Health East (CHE)

Newtown Square, PA, Wednesday, June 10, 2009 -- Robert V. Stanek, president and chief executive officer for Catholic Health East (CHE) has been recently re-elected to The Catholic Health Association (CHA) board of trustees for 2009-10.

Stanek, who was re-elected during a June 9 meeting at the 2009 Catholic Health Assembly in New Orleans, will serve a second three-year term on the 24-member board. Regina M. Benjamin, M.D., founder and CEO of Bayou La Batre Rural Health Clinic in Alabama, and member of Hope Ministries, a Sponsor of Catholic Health East, was also re-elected to a second term as a member of the CHA board.

“The board service of Bob Stanek and Regina Benjamin during the past three years has been extraordinary, said Sr. Carol Keenan, D.C., CHA president and chief executive officer. “The re-nomination and subsequent election by the membership along with their willingness to serve another three-year term is a great testament to their depth of commitment and the outstanding contributions they make to the work of the Catholic health ministry.”

The CHA board of trustees provides governance by working with members to set strategic directions in order to support and strengthen the Catholic health ministry in the United States. Board members are elected by vote of the CHA Membership Assembly and are limited to serving two consecutive three-year terms.

The CHA board consists of 24 trustees, including Sr. Carol Keehan, D.C., CHA president and chief executive officer.

The Catholic Health Association is the largest group of not-for-profit health care sponsors, systems and facilities in the United States. CHA exists to support and strengthen the Catholic health ministry in the U.S, seeking to achieve a vision that is inspired by Biblical justice and informed by the church's social tradition.

Catholic Health East (CHE) is a multi-institutional Catholic health system, which is co-sponsored by 9 religious congregations, and Hope Ministries, a Public Juridic Person within Catholic Health East. The System’s health ministries are located in 11 eastern states from Maine to Florida and includes: 34 acute care hospitals (including Mercy Hospital in Portland, Maine), four long-term acute care hospitals, 25 freestanding and hospital-based long-term care facilities, 14 assisted-living facilities, four continuing care retirement communities, eight behavioral health and rehabilitation facilities, 32 home health/hospice agencies, and numerous ambulatory and community-based health agencies. Catholic Health East facilities employ more than 54,000 full-time employees.