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Catholic Health Association Elects Robert V. Stanek as Board Vice-Chairperson/Chairperson Elect

Newtown Square, Pa., June 16, 2010 – In an election held during the 2010 Catholic Health Assembly in Denver, June 13-15, Robert V. Stanek, retired president and CEO, Catholic Health East, was chosen as the Catholic Health Association board of trustees’ vice chairperson/chairperson-elect for fiscal year 2010-11. He will lead the CHA board in fiscal year 2011-12.

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

“The board service of Bob Stanek during the past four years has been extraordinary, said Sr. Carol Keehan, D.C. “His election as vice chairperson is a great testament to his depth of commitment and the outstanding contributions he has made to the work of the Catholic health ministry, both as the leader of Catholic Health East and as a key member of the CHA board.”

Stanek joined CHE in 1998 as the executive vice president of the new health system’s Mid-Atlantic Division. He was later promoted to chief operating officer and in 2003 he became the health system’s president and chief executive officer. He retired on May 1, 2010.

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.