Sr. Kathy Green, RSM, praised for kindness, humor and leadership

September 15, 2017

Sr. Kathy Green, RSM, chief mission and values officer for Mercy Health in Cincinnati, died at her suburban Cincinnati home Aug. 28 at age 68.

John Starcher, Mercy Health president and chief executive, said of Sr. Green in a statement, "Her kindness, intelligence, sense of humor and boundless generosity remain a guiding light for Mercy Health and the many colleagues who count her as a friend."

Sr. Green

She was elected to the Mercy Health Board of Trustees in 2007, and in 2013 she joined the ministry's executive leadership as senior vice president for mission and values integration, the system said. Mercy Health is a two-state hospital system, with 23 hospitals in Ohio and Kentucky.

Sr. Green served in a variety of leadership roles over the years, including as president of the South Central Community of the Sisters of Mercy, as regional vice president of mission services for Mercy Health of Southwest Ohio, and as vice president of mission services for Mercy Health Anderson Hospital in the Cincinnati region.

She was an initial member of CHA's steering committee for sponsor formation, which formed in 2014. Out of the committee's work, CHA launched an 18-month sponsor formation program in 2015. The first cohort graduated earlier this year.

Kathleen Ann Green entered the Sisters of Mercy in 1971 in Erie, Pa. Before joining Mercy Health, Green was a teacher, liturgical consultant and a volunteer prison chaplain.

She served on numerous nonprofit boards, including Mercy Neighborhood Ministries, Healthy Moms & Babes, Mercy Health Partners of Southwest Ohio Foundation and Owensboro Mercy Health System, now known as Owensboro Health. She was board president for Bethany House Services and board secretary for Jordan Center, and was a member of the Xavier University nursing advisory board.

Sr. Green earned her bachelor's in secondary education from Slippery Rock University and a master's in liturgical studies/theology from St. John's University.

A memorial Mass for Sr. Green was held on Sept. 9 at St. John Fisher church in Newtown, Ohio.



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