CHA appoints first chief operations and finance officer

February 1, 2020

Loren Chandler, a veteran hospital executive, is joining CHA as its first chief operations and finance officer.


He will take over financial oversight of the organization from Rhonda Mueller, who is leaving her position as senior vice president, finance and operations after almost 20 years. She will be relocating to Switzerland to be with her husband who is on a five-year work assignment.

Sr. Mary Haddad, RSM, CHA president and chief executive officer, said the newly created position reflects the emerging needs of CHA. "In this role Loren will expand on current efforts to strengthen operational effectiveness through enhanced departmental alignment and integration, which will provide greater value to our members," Sr. Mary said.

Chandler has worked as a senior executive in both for-profit and not-for-profit health care organizations. In more recent years he was chief operating officer and chief financial officer of Holy Cross Hospital in Chicago. He kept those titles when he was promoted to executive vice president at Sinai Health System when that system acquired Holy Cross in 2013.

"I am very excited to join such an outstanding organization that partners with equally outstanding Catholic health providers who come together to improve health care for our communities served," Chandler said. "The opportunity to join the exceptional leadership team of Catholic Health Association is such a blessing and I am looking forward to joining them to advance the mission of Catholic health care."

Sr. Mary said Chandler "demonstrates a strong commitment to the mission of Catholic health care and tremendous experience in leading effective teams." He will start his new job Feb. 3.

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