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Catholic Health East Appoints Vice President of Accounting

January 20, 2011

Julia Puchtler, Vice President Accounting

Newtown Square, Pa., Thursday, January 20, 2011 – Catholic Health East (CHE) is pleased to announce the appointment of Julia Puchtler as the organization’s new vice president of accounting effective January 18. Puchtler succeeds Jenny Barnett who was promoted to executive vice president and chief financial officer in 2010.

Puchtler has served as CHE’s director of financial reporting and budgeting for nearly two years. Prior to joining CHE, she was with Ernst & Young’s health care assurance and advisory business services for eight years, most recently as an audit manager.

As CHE’s new vice president of accounting, Puchtler will provide leadership and oversight in the areas of internal and external financial reporting, development of system-wide policies and procedures, financial and operating performance analysis, internal controls, external audit, tax services and maintenance and support of financial applications. She will also provide oversight and management of the timely and accurate preparation and distribution of consolidated financial statements including interpretive financial and operational analysis and provide oversight and management of quarterly and annual reports for investor relations and other reports as required.

“Julia’s contributions to the organization since she arrived have been invaluable,’” said Jenny Barnett, CHE’s CFO. “She has developed strong relationships with finance colleagues throughout the organization and has been involved in several key significant financial process improvement initiatives, such as the standardization of the Form 990 tax process, a successful and streamlined external audit, policy and process development, significant enhanced coordination and integration with internal audit and a redesigned quarterly stewardship representation process.”

Puchtler holds a Master of Science degree in accounting from the University of Virginia. She also received a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from Penn State University. She is a certified public accountant and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is a fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

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.