The longtime president and CEO of Mercy Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago, Sister Sheila Lyne
, has announced her retirement.
The 76-year-old Lyne will remain at Mercy until her successor is named. She began her first stint as president and CEO at Mercy in 1976, before a detour as Chicago's commissioner of public health in 1991. She returned to Mercy in 2000 to once more lead the hospital.
Lyne said in a news release that it was time to leave. “I have been a part of the ministry of Mercy Hospital for a culmination of 33 years, as CEO for 27 of those years, and now at 76, with Mercy strong in presence in Chicago and united with Trinity Health, it is time for me to step aside as president and CEO of this vital piece of Chicago's health,” Lyne said. “I will always refer to Mercy as home, and I will keep active within it and the community it has served for over 160 years.”
Last year, Trinity Health, Livonia, Mich., acquired the financially struggling 160-year-old hospital. Lyne told Modern Healthcare
at that time that she wasn't sure how long she would remain with Mercy. Her departure marks another sign of the times, as more laypersons replace nuns and priests in administrative roles at Catholic hospitals.
“I'm sure there won't be a sister following me,” Lyne told the magazine last year. “That's just how it happened, all the religious women's communities have decreased.”
Mercy officials have formed a committee to search for Lyne's successor and retained a recruiting firm. After her replacement starts, Lyne will serve as a senior adviser to the hospital's foundation.
After acquiring the safety net hospital, Trinity in October announced plans
to merge with Catholic Health East, Newtown Square, Pa.