Two more senior staffers will be leaving the Catholic Health Association as part of the ongoing restructuring at the organization.
Jack Bresch, a well-known Capitol Hill lobbyist for the CHA, is one of those expected to leave, although the date of his departure is unknown, sources said.
Bresch, who has worked at the St. Louis-based CHA for almost 17 years, did not return calls seeking comment. His immediate plans aren't known.
"He (Bresch) will be greatly missed," said C. Kregg Hanson, who serves on the CHA's board of trustees and is a senior vice president of operations for Denver-based Catholic Health Initiatives.
"I think he has been a tremendous supporter of Catholic healthcare and has been an integral part of (our) advocacy agenda," Hanson said of Bresch.
Also leaving is Ann Neale, the CHA's senior associate for ethics, who is based at the association's St. Louis headquarters.
Neale, who has worked at the CHA since 1996, declined to comment on her pending departure.
Effective June 2, she is resigning to become a senior research scholar in the Center for Clinical Bioethics at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, according to a memo to CHA employees about Neale's departure.
According to the CHA's latest annual filing with the Internal Revenue Service, Bresch received $143,959 in compensation for the fiscal year ended June 30, 1999, and Neale was paid $146,785 during the same period.
Neale's resignation and Bresch's expected departure follow a slate of other personnel and management changes. The changes are part of a restructuring of the organization that has been going on since the Rev. Michael Place took over two years ago as CHA president and chief executive officer (March 13, p. 6).
The resignations during Place's tenure have included William Cox, a former CHA executive vice president who worked at the association for nearly 20 years, and Brian Camey, the CHA's former chief financial officer who worked there 11 years.
Place took over from John Curley Jr., who retired from the CHA after 18 years.
Hanson said Place "is in the process of building his team . . . As you do that with any new team, you are going to face some losses of people who have been with the organization a long time."
The CHA has more than 2,000 members, including religious sponsors, systems, facilities, health plans and related organizations.