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Catholic Health Association Installs Chairperson, Elects Vice-Chairperson and Trustees

ATLANTA (June 6, 2011) — Robert V. Stanek, retired president and CEO, Catholic Health East, Newtown Square, Pa., has been installed as chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA) for fiscal year 2011-12.

Stanek succeeded Anthony R. Tersigni, EdD, FACHE, president and CEO, Ascension Health, St. Louis, who became 2011-12 speaker of CHA's Membership Assembly.

In an election held during the 2011 Catholic Health Assembly in Atlanta, June 5-7, Joseph R. Swedish, president and chief executive officer, Trinity Health, Novi, Mich., was chosen vice chairperson/ chairperson-elect for fiscal year 2011-12. He will lead the CHA board in fiscal year 2012-13.

Elected to three-year terms on the board were:

  • Lindsey E. Artola, system vice president, Advocacy & Development, Provena Health, Mokena, Ill. (Second Term)
  • Brian D'Arcy, MD, senior vice president, Medical Affairs, Catholic Health System, Buffalo, N.Y. (First Term)
  • Sr. M. Peter Lillian DiMaria, O.Carm, BA, LNHA, DCP, director, Avila Institute of Gerontology, Germantown, N.Y. (Second Term)
  • Corinne R. Francis, M.A., M.Div., vice president, Mission Integration, Saint Michael's Medical Center, Newark, N.J. (Second Term)
  • Sr. Judith Ann Karam, CSA, FACHE, president and chief executive officer, Sisters of Charity Health System, Cleveland (First Term)
  • Linda McClung, senior vice president and chief administrative officer, CHRISTUS Health, Irving, Texas (Second Term)
  • Laurence J. O'Connell, PhD, STD, executive director, Ministry Leadership Center, Sacramento, Calif. (First Term)
  • Deborah A. Proctor, president and chief executive officer, St. Joseph Health System, Orange, Calif. (Second Term)
  • J. Alex Valdez, JD, FACHE, president and chief executive officer, CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center, Santa Fe, N.M. (First Term)
  • Alan R. Yordy, president and chief mission officer, PeaceHealth, Bellevue, Wash. (Second Term)

CHA's board consists of 24 trustees, including Sr. Carol Keehan, DC, CHA president and chief executive officer. In addition, Rhonda E. Mueller, CHA's senior vice president, finance and operations, serves as Corporate Treasurer, and Lisa J. Gilden, JD, CHA's vice president and general counsel, serves as Corporate Secretary.

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.


The Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA), founded in 1915, supports the Catholic health ministry’s commitment to improve the health status of communities and create quality and compassionate health care that works for everyone. The Catholic health ministry is the nation's largest group of not-for-profit health systems and facilities that, along with their sponsoring organizations, employ more than 750,000 women and men who deliver services combining advanced technology with the Catholic caring tradition.

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