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Catholic Health East Announces Appointment of New Board Members

January 13, 2011


Reverand William J. Byron, S.J.

Dennis A. Fitzpatrick

Newtown Square, PA, Thursday, January 13, 2011 -- Catholic Health East (CHE) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dennis A. Fitzpatrick as its new board chair and the Reverand William J. Byron, S.J., as its newest board member. Their terms started January 1, 2011.

Fitzpatrick is president of The O’Connell Companies, based in Holyoke, Mass. The company is responsible for the design, construction, finance and operation of physical assets in the built environment with operations from Maine to Florida. Fitzpatrick succeeds Jacque Kinder, Ed.D., whose three-year term ended in December 2010. In addition to his current role, Fitzpatrick has served on many boards in his community including the board of trustees for the Massachusetts Business Roundtable; the Sisters of Providence Health System board; the CHE stewardship committee; the civil and environmental engineering advisory committee, University of Massachusetts-Amherst; and the economic development council of Western Massachusetts. He has taught at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, department of civil and environmental engineering as an adjunct professor.

Fitzpatrick has a M.S. in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Maine.

The Reverend William J. Byron, S.J., is a professor of business and society at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pa. He was previously president of St. Joseph’s Preparatory School in Philadelphia; a research professor at the Sellinger School of Business and Management, Loyola College Maryland; and pastor of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Washington, D.C. He has also taught in the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University, where he held an appointment as distinguished professor of the practice of ethics and served as rector of the Georgetown Jesuit Community. He was also previously president of The Catholic University of America as well as the University of Scranton. He is a published author and speaker and has been a member of many boards, including Bread for the World, the board of commissioners of the Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and the Board of the Corporation for National Service.

“Catholic Health East is privileged to have these two highly regarded individuals on our board,” said Judy Persichilli, CHE’s president and CEO. “Although Dennis has served on our board for several years; we look forward to benefitting from his vision in his new role as chair, as well as his leadership to help guide our board through these challenging times. Father Byron is a highly respected, nationally known Catholic leader whose expertise and experience greatly enriches our ministry.”

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.

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