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Two Catholic Health East Leaders Recognized in National Industry Publication

September 22, 2011

Judy Persichilli
CHE President & CEO

Steve Mason
BHS President & CEO

Newtown Square, Pa., Thursday, September 22, 2011 -- Catholic Health East (CHE) is pleased to announce that two of its leaders have been named to Becker’s Hospital Review “291 Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know” list, which recognizes individuals leading prominent American health care organizations. Judith M. Persichilli, R.N., B.S.N., M.A., CHE’s president and CEO and Stephen R. Mason, president and CEO of BayCare Health System (Clearwater, Fla.) were both selected for this honor.

The Becker's Hospital Review editorial team used several resources to develop this list, including nominations, prior Becker's Hospital Review lists and input from industry experts. Persichilli was also named to the annual list, "56 Women Hospital and Healthcare Leaders to Know.” These 56 women demonstrate outstanding leadership within the hospital and healthcare industry and were chosen based on a wide range of critical management and leadership skills, including oversight of hospital or health system operations, financial turnarounds and quality improvement initiatives.

Persichilli joined CHE in 2003 as the executive vice president of the Mid-Atlantic Division. She was promoted to executive vice president of acute care for the System in 2008 and then to executive vice president and chief operating officer in December 2009 before assuming the role of CEO in April 2010. Prior to joining CHE’s System Office, she served for eight years as CEO at St. Francis Medical Center in Trenton, N.J.

Mason has served as president and CEO of BayCare Health System, a joint operating agreement of CHE, since May 2004. Under his leadership, the 11-hospital health system has implemented several major initiatives and projects, including a seven-year project to introduce a system-wide electronic health record. Mason previously served as the senior executive vice president and COO of Texas Health Resources, headquartered in Arlington.

Becker's Hospital Review is a bimonthly publication offering up-to-date business and legal news and analysis relating to hospitals and health systems. Each issue of Becker's Hospital Review reaches more than 15,000 people, primarily acute-care hospital CEOs and CFOs.

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.