After five-and-a-half years as president and chief executive officer of Mercy Healthcare Arizona, Joseph DeSilva decided it was time to move on to other endeavors within healthcare.
"I have been talking about pursuing a new career for a while," Mr. DeSilva told MODERN HEALTHCARE. "The future opportunities coming up for me are very exciting. In all, it was a positive separation."
Although he declined to comment on future job prospects, Mr. DeSilva, 53, said he intends to remain in the healthcare industry.
On May 25, Mr. DeSilva stunned the Phoenix, Ariz., healthcare community by announcing his resignation from the Roman Catholic healthcare system that he had helped turn around in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
During his tenure, Mr. DeSilva helped Mercy Healthcare Arizona develop from a financially strained Catholic hospital into a multifaceted healthcare system, one that rivaled Phoenix healthcare powerhouse Samaritan Health Services as the leading provider in the region.
He also has been credited with implementing a total quality management program at Mercy Healthcare Arizona-which is a division of San Francisco-based Catholic Healthcare West. He was also a key figure behind the creation of the Arizona Healthcare Alliance, an eight-hospital network formed after the American Hospital Association's model of a hospital-based community-care network.
Mr. DeSilva's resignation is effective June 30. He will be replaced by Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Thomas Zenty III, who will run the system as acting president and CEO until a permanent successor is named.