Keeping Up

July 1, 2022












Bradley Bertke to president of Mercy Health — West Hospital in Cincinnati, effective July 5, from president of Mercy Health — St. Anne Hospital in Toledo, Ohio. Bertke replaces Jason Asic, the hospital's interim president. Mercy Health of Cincinnati recently named Asic president of Mercy Health — Kings Mills Hospital in Mason, Ohio. Mercy Health is part of Bon Secours Mercy Health.

Ryan Gehrig has accepted a newly expanded role as president of Mercy Hospitals Arkansas. Gehrig is president of Mercy Hospital Fort Smith in Arkansas. In conjunction with the change, Eric Pianalto, current president of Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas, will become chief strategic growth officer for Mercy Arkansas. Mercy Arkansas is part of Chesterfield, Missouri-based Mercy.

Janice Hamilton-Crawford to president and chief executive of Trinity Health Senior Communities. She was president of senior communities for Trinity Health's New England region. Hamilton-Crawford succeeds Steve Kastner, who is retiring.

At the Spirit of Francis Award gathering, Sr. Carol Keehan, DC, gathers with, from left, Fr. Jack Wall, Cardinal Blase J. Cupich and Cardinal Wilton D. Gregory. Sr. Carol is a former CHA president and chief executive officer, Fr. Wall is Catholic Extension president, Cardinal Cupich heads the Chicago archdiocese and is Catholic Extension chancellor and Cardinal Gregory heads the Washington, DC, archdiocese.

Joseph J. Mullany to Hospital Sisters Health System's Illinois division president and chief executive, effective April 25. He was an executive vice president at Nuvance Health System in New York. He succeeds Therese Pandl, who held the posts on an interim basis.

Facilities within CommonSpirit Health have made these changes: Benjamin "BJ" Predum to president and chief executive of Mercy Hospital Downtown and Mercy Hospital Southwest in Bakersfield, California, effective July 11. He was regional vice president and chief operating officer for Ascension Michigan West Region. Alan Iftiniuk is retiring later this year as president and chief executive of Dignity Health — French Hospital Medical Center in San Luis Obispo, California. National recruitment for a new chief executive is underway.

David Flicek to chief operating officer for Avera Health of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. In addition, he will continue as chief administrative officer for Avera Medical Group.

Saint Francis Health System of Tulsa, Oklahoma, has made these changes: Dr. Reetu Singh to chief medical officer and Dr. Ryan Parker and Dr. Scott Grantham to associate chief medical officers.

Emily McGee to vice president of nursing for St. Bernards Medical Center of Jonesboro, Arkansas.

The Catholic Extension fundraising organization honored Sr. Carol Keehan, DC, with its Spirit of Francis Award for her advocacy for the poor and for universal health care access. Sr. Carol was CHA president and chief executive officer from 2005 to 2018. The Spirit of Francis Award recognizes individuals or groups that have made a significant impact on the mission of the Catholic Church in America through service or philanthropy. Sr. Carol received the award at a May 25 dinner at the United States Library of Congress in Washington. At the event, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the apostolic nuncio to the United States, shared a message from Pope Francis congratulating Sr. Carol and recognizing her "many years of dedicated leadership in continuing the healing ministry of Jesus Christ through the provision of quality health care for all, especially those most in need."

St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings, Montana, has given a $3 million gift to Montana State University's Mark and Robyn Jones College of Nursing. The college will use the funds to permanently endow a new certified nurse midwifery program, the only one in the state. St. Vincent Healthcare is part of SCL Health.

St. John's College of Nursing in Springfield, Illinois, received an endowment of
$1.1 million from the late Patricia Ann Sur Hart to establish a scholarship fund. The first scholarship recipient will be Raven Smith of Springfield, who is pursuing a bachelor of science in nursing at St. John's. Hart was a 1955 graduate of St. John's nursing school. She worked as a nurse then went on to become a nurse anesthetist, after additional schooling at St. John's Hospital School of Anesthesia. St. John's College is a department of Springfield's St. John's Hospital, part of Hospital Sisters Health System.

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