Christopher Carney, acting head of Bon Secours Health System since its top executive resigned last September, was named chief executive officer of the organization.
Carney, 50, comes from Bon Secours' Virginia division, where he was regional vice president. Carney has been with the system for 16 years.
Bon Secours, a Roman Catholic system based in Marriottsville, Md., operates 15 acute-care hospitals in seven states. It divides its operations into three regions.
John Fitzgerald, the system's former CEO, left after seven years. Reportedly, Fitzgerald wanted the system to grow more quickly than Bon Secours' congregation (Sept. 23, 1996, p. 14).
But the news release announcing Carney's appointment repeatedly references the system's growth strategy. As head of Bon Secours' Virginia operations, the system has been merging, buying or forming joint ventures with a number of hospitals in Richmond and other markets in the state.
Bon Secours has acquired seven hospitals through ownership, lease or managing interest since 1993.