Fourteen years ago, I was fortunate to go with a group of Catholic health care leaders to Assisi, Italy. Sr. Laura Wolf, OSF, whose congregation grew out of the Franciscan tradition, blessed us with a thorough description of the life of St. Francis, his conversion under the Cross of San Damiano and his time spent in the company of those who were sick.
As is traditional for the CHA chair-person, I traveled to Rome this spring with a group of executives to attend CHA's Ecclesiology and Spiritual Renewal Program for Health Care Leaders. Layered on this incredible experience was a perfectly timed opportunity to witness the historic canonization of two popes.
Patricia Maryland had been in senior management at the Cleveland Clinic for about 15 years when, around 1997, Kevin Lofton — who was then the head of a university health network — told her, "With your experience and capabilities, you should really be running a health system."
David Troutman, 64, is a former Presbyterian minister who had a 30-year career in religious book publishing and distribution. In 2006, he lost his job. In 2009, a tornado "danced on top" of the roof of his home. He'd kept up his home owners' insurance, which paid for that extensive repair, but he depleted his savings before finally landing a job at a supermarket earlier this year.
Take a quick survey of Sr. Mary Roch Rocklage's closest associates, and they'll characterize some of her outstanding leadership qualities. . .
At age 76, Sr. Mary Jean Tague, DC, could savor the memories of an adventuresome clinical and administrative career dedicated to easing the plight of the medically underserved at home and abroad.
When Jane R. Lanier talks about her proudest accomplishments, she doesn't bring up the state-of-the-art centers for heart, cancer and family medicine at St. Vincent's HealthCare in Jacksonville, Fla., or the millions of dollars she has raised. She focuses instead on the connections she's made.
Across the Catholic health ministry, young leaders with a passion for the mission are honing skills to help guide the ministry in the future. CHA celebrates up-and-comers who show strong leadership capabilities and a personal commitment to Catholic health care with its Tomorrow's Leaders recognition.
Executives managing senior housing regularly face weighty questions involving residents that defy easy answers. A
Ronda Buffington has seen how a cancer diagnosis first brings total fear to a patient, then dread, and eventually, a quagmire of worries.
In 2007, the nonprofit Children's Museum of Phoenix was, on paper, a terrible credit risk for lenders.
Alexian Brothers Health System, which is part of Ascension Health, and Adventist Midwest Health, which is part of Adventist Health System, are pursuing a possible affiliation between their nine hospitals in suburban Chicago to create an integrated health care system.