Catholic Health East Appoints Executive Vice President, Mission Integration
January 5, 2011
Sr. Mary Persico, IHM
Newtown Square, Pa., Wednesday, January 5, 2011 – Catholic Health East (CHE) is pleased to announce the recent appointment of Sister Mary Persico, I.H.M., Ed.D., as executive vice president, mission integration. Sr. Mary officially started in her new position on October 11, 2010. She succeeds Sr. Julie Casey, I.H.M., who had served in this position since 1998 and announced her retirement in 2010.
In this role, Sr. Mary provides direct leadership for a System-wide sponsorship structure that includes the orientation and education of sponsoring religious communities and new CHE Sponsors, as well as oversight of CHE’s Public Juridic Person, an entity recognized by the Roman Catholic Church that allows for and facilities the sponsorship of ministries in the name of the Church. Sr. Mary also ensures the presence and continuance of the Sponsors’ heritage, rights and responsibilities. She serves as a member of the senior management team and also provides leadership, support and assistance to the mission and ethics functions, as well as to Global Health Ministry, a supportive health corporation of CHE.
“Sr. Mary’s commitment to the mission of CHE will guide the organization to the ‘next level.’ Her experience, expertise, compassion and leadership will help us strengthen and support our ministries in the years ahead,” said Judy Persichilli, president and CEO of Catholic Health East.
Sr. Mary, who served as president, Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Scranton, Pa., from 2002 through June 2010, has a long history of service to Catholic Health East. She served on CHE’s board of directors from 2006 through 2009 and on CHE’s Sponsors Council from 2004 through 2010; she was the coordinator of the Sponsors Council from 2006 through 2009. Prior to serving her congregation in various leadership roles, Sr. Mary enjoyed a distinguished career in education and has worked nationally and internationally in leadership education.
Sr. Mary holds a bachelor’s degree in French and education from Marywood College (now University), a master’s degree in French from Assumption College, Worchester, Mass.; and a doctoral degree in educational leadership from Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pa.
Catholic Health East (CHE) is a multi-institutional Catholic health system, co-sponsored by nine religious congregations and Hope Ministries, a Public Juridic Person within Catholic Health East. Based in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, the System provides the means to ensure the continuation of the Catholic identity and operational strength of the sponsors’ health ministries, which are located in 11 eastern states from Maine to Florida. The CHE system includes 34 acute care hospitals, 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, 37 home health/hospice agencies, and numerous ambulatory and community-based health agencies. Catholic Health East facilities employ more than 54,000 full-time employees as partners in ministry.