The nation's two largest Catholic healthcare systems are looking for new leaders after their top executives decided to step down.
Diane Moeller, 59, the longtime chief executive officer of Omaha, Neb.-based Catholic Health Corp., said last week she won't seek renewal of her contract, which expires June 30, 1995. Ms. Moeller's decision comes shortly after Sister Mary Frances Loftin, 68, resigned as president of Daughters of Charity National Health System of St. Louis.
"Someone who is not burdened with having created the past can bring a new, invigorated spirit to the organization and take CHC into the next millennium," Ms. Moeller said.
With more than 12,000 beds, Daughters of Charity ranked first, while Catholic Health Corp. came in second with more than 5,000 beds in MODERN HEALTHCARE's 1994 Multi-unit Providers Survey. That same survey ranked Daughters of Charity third among all healthcare systems in net patient revenues with nearly $4 billion.
Both executives will continue to provide consultation to their systems.
Sister Loftin had been president since August 1992. She was named representative of Daughters of Charity East Central Province for a special Vincentian session at the congregation's motherhouse in Paris.
Sister Loftin is expected to return to the system in February 1995, when she will receive a new assignment. F. Dale Whitten, the system's senior vice president and chief operating officer, will serve as interim president.
Ms. Moeller, who has been with CHC since 1987, will serve as a consultant after her contract expires.