An executive with more than 20 years of experience in Roman Catholic healthcare will be the top executive at Catholic Health Initiatives, a major three-way consolidation of systems.
Patricia Cahill, 57, the former director of health and hospitals for the Archdiocese of New York, has been named president and chief executive officer of CHI, the proposed $4 billion consolidation of Catholic Health Corp., Omaha, Neb.; Franciscan Health System of Aston, Pa.; and the Sisters of Charity Health Care Systems, Cincinnati. She will begin her duties July 1, when CHI is expected to become fully operational.
Cahill has been working as a private consultant since March 1995, when she left the New York archdiocese where she worked for nine years. Cahill developed and implemented the Alliance of Catholic Health and Human Services, an organization of 15 religious sponsors of 43 Catholic hospitals and related healthcare facilities.
"Pat has tremendous experience in bringing together a number of organizations to better meet community needs, beyond the walls of the hospital," said Sister Maryanna Coyle, who was named CHI's board chairwoman and has been president of the Sisters of Charity.
Prior to her stint at the Archdiocese of New York, Cahill was president of Calvary Hospital in the Bronx and worked at the Catholic Health Association's Washington office as vice president of government services.
CHI also has decided to locate the new system's headquarters in Denver, selecting a city with a major airline hub. The system also has hospitals and other healthcare properties in Colorado.
As CHI, the three combined Catholic systems operate 63 hospitals in 21 states.