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Robert V. Stanek, Former President and CEO of Catholic Health East, Installed as Chairperson of CHA’s Board of Trustees
Two Colleagues from Catholic Health and Saint Michael’s Medical Center Also Named to Board

June 8, 2011


Sr. Carol Keehan, CHA’s president/CEO, at the installation ceremony for Robert V. Stanek as the new chairperson of CHA’s board of trustees.

Photo by Frank Niemeir
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Newtown Square, Pa., June 8, 2011 — The Catholic Health Association installed Robert V. Stanek, retired president and CEO, Catholic Health East, as chairperson of its board of trustees for fiscal year 2011-12 at its annual Membership Assembly, June 5-7 in Atlanta, Ga

“We are very pleased that Bob is the new chair for CHA,” said Judy Persichilli, president and chief executive officer, Catholic Health East. “He is a proven leader with strong values and is committed to strengthening the mission and vision of Catholic health care.”

Stanek joined CHE’s senior management team in 1997, where he served first as executive vice president, Mid-Atlantic Division, then executive vice president and chief operating officer. He was named president and chief executive officer of Catholic Health East in 2003.

“Bob Stanek is an example of a leader who lives our Core Values every day,” said Sr. Barbara Wheeley, R.S.M., coordinator, CHE Sponsors Council. “He has consistently and effectively furthered the mission of CHE over the years and will provide the CHA board with the leadership and vision to focus on the future of Catholic health care.”

Also elected to the CHA board for a three-year term was: Brian D’Arcy, M.D., senior vice president, medical affairs, Catholic Health, Buffalo, N.Y. (first term); and Corinne R. Francis, M.A., M.Div., vice president, mission integration, Saint Michael’s Medical Center, Newark, N.J. (second term).

“Bob Stanek provides an amalgamation of leadership and motivation while fostering an atmosphere of responsibility, integrity and community,” said Dennis A. Fitzpatrick, chair, CHE board of directors. “Under his guidance, along with Corinne and Brian, CHA can continue its mission to support and strengthen the Catholic health care ministry.”

CHA’s board consists of 24 trustees, including Sr. Carol Keehan, D.C., CHA president and chief executive officer. The board’s role includes developing CHA’s strategic directions, ensuring CHA’s fidelity to its mission, stewarding CHA’s resources and performing other governance activities to support and strengthen the Catholic health ministry in the United States.

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, Pa., 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. CHE 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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