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Catholic Health East Appoints Three Information Services Leaders

June 1, 2011

Sean Hughes

Steve Walker

Rosemary O'Connell

Newtown Square, Pa., Wednesday, June 1, 2011 -- Catholic Health East (CHE) is pleased to announce the strengthening of its information services (IS) department with the recent appointments of Sean Hughes as vice president, information services administrative officer; Stephen Walker as director, enterprise systems infrastructure and Rosemary O’Connell, R.N., M.S.N., as director, clinical informatics development and standards.

“With the advent of electronic medical records and the increasing reliance on information technology in every aspect of health care, it is critically important that CHE’s information services department continually enhances its ability to serve the needs of our health care ministry and our colleagues, physicians, patients, and residents,” said Donette Herring, CHE’s vice president and chief information officer. “These three promotions will help us accomplish our IS goals, as well as better align organizational responsibilities and recognize the expanded scope of responsibilities assumed by these individuals.”

In his newly expanded role, Hughes provides leadership and direction in promoting a System-wide approach to information services which is mission and values-driven, responsive and innovative, cost-effective, highly collaborative in nature and balances regional health corporations and System-wide needs and priorities. He helps to develop IS strategies, tactical plans and innovative technologies that support local and system-wide strategic goals. Since joining CHE in 2004, Hughes has held several positions with increasing responsibility for operational delivery of IS services. Hughes was previously the director, customer service and health system integration. Before Hughes joined CHE he was a client services manager for Catholic Health Services of Long Island, Melville, N.Y. Hughes is pursuing his bachelor’s in business administration from Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pa.

Walker has been with CHE since 1996 and most recently served as manager, enterprise system administration. In his expanded role as director, enterprise systems infrastructure, he plans, directs and manages the activities of the information services systems infrastructure department and serves as the architect of technical strategy and standards for CHE’s Systems infrastructure to enable delivery and high availability of standard, enterprise-wide clinical and business applications.

Prior to joining the CHE system office, Walker was with Mercy Health System of Southeastern Pennsylvania and served as manager, systems administration for Catholic Health East Mid-Atlantic Region. He holds many certifications including Cisco Certified Network Associate – CCNA, Philadelphia, Pa., Active Directory 2000 Planning and Migration, Philadelphia, Pa., Microsoft Systems Management Server, Valley Forge, Pa., and Core Technologies Microsoft Exchange Server, Valley Forge, Pa.

O’Connell, who had previously served as the IS clinical team manager at CHE, has taken on additional responsibilities as director, clinical informatics development and standards. She leads a common, best practice design incorporating evidence-based care for clinical information systems with a focus on Siemens and Meditech near term as electronic health records are implemented throughout CHE.

O’Connell joined CHE in 2000 as a clinical system analyst. Prior to joining CHE, O’Connell served since 1975 in various roles within the System, including clinical system analyst for Mercy Health System of Southeastern Pennsylvania and patient care manager for Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital. O’Connell worked in maternal and child health departments and held multiple nursing department positions including staff nurse, nurse educator, nurse manager, shift supervisor and special projects coordinator for nursing administration. O’Connell earned her master’s in nursing administration, Villanova University, Villanova, Pa., and her bachelor’s in nursing from Gwynedd Mercy College, Gwynedd Valley, 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 System includes 33 acute care hospitals, five long-term acute care hospitals, 24 freestanding and hospital-based long-term care facilities, 11 assisted-living facilities, four continuing care retirement communities, seven behavioral health and rehabilitation facilities, 39 home health/hospice agencies, and numerous ambulatory and community-based health services. Catholic Health East facilities employ approximately 54,000 full-time employees as partners in ministry.

Catholic Health East is the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services. (ranked by number of visits) in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of programs.

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