John Curley, president and chief executive officer of the Catholic Health Association since 1979, last week announced his retirement.
As the $500,000-a-year head of the St. Louis-based organization, Curley, 60, has been a leading critic of for-profit healthcare companies and their attempts to buy or do business with Catholic healthcare providers.
In June 1995, Curley gave an impassioned speech at the CHA's annual meeting, warning of cozy relations between Catholic hospitals and for-profit chains, proclaiming that: "One cannot serve both God and money."
According to the CHA's latest available federal tax filing, known as Form 990, Curley received $514,932 in total compensation from the CHA for the year ended June 30, 1996. Of that, $356,320 was salary and the balance was benefits, expenses and other allowances.
The CHA that year posted a $1.4 million profit on total revenues of $15.5 million, according to the filing.
"CHA and the health ministry have been fortunate to have Jack Curley's leadership," Charles Thoele, chairman of the association's board, said in a written statement. "Under Jack's stewardship, CHA has grown into an effective national voice for its members' beliefs and traditions."
Curley will serve at the discretion of the CHA's board through June 1998 to enable the board to conduct a national search for a new chief executive. CHA officials last week were selecting candidates to serve on a search committee.
Curley plans to return to Sacramento, Calif., where he previously worked for the California Association of Catholic Hospitals.