The new 44-hospital Roman Catholic healthcare system being created by the consolidation of Mercy Health Services, Farmington Hills, Mich., and Holy Cross Health System, South Bend, Ind., will be doing without Sister Patricia Vandenberg.
Vandenberg, Holy Cross' president and chief executive officer for the past 11 years, has announced she won't have a job in the new system.
In November, Judith Pelham, Mercy's president and CEO, was chosen to lead the as-yet-unnamed system (Nov. 8, 1999, p.16).
"When I became a candidate for the CEO position in the new organization, I understood that I (might) not be selected and if not that I would be moving on," Vandenberg, 51, said in a written statement.
Vandenberg is actively involved in the process to join the two systems.
The seven-state system, expected to be operational in April, will be the country's third-largest Roman Catholic system, with $4 billion in annual revenues.
Vandenberg said she is exploring a number of options, which include taking a sabbatical and later pursuing a doctoral degree in public health policy.
James Hendricks, who in December was named chairman of the system's board, said Vandenberg would not be forgotten. "Clearly, (Sister) Pat's presence will be there whether she's physically there or not," he said. The policies and programs she has shepherded aren't going to disappear, Hendricks added.
Hendricks, 61, is now chairman of Holy Cross' board.
Although a name for the system is likely to be announced later this month, the exact form the consolidation will take hasn't been decided yet, said Mercy spokesman Stephen Shivinsky. New headquarters will be in suburban Detroit, Shivinsky said.