* Catholic Health Initiatives, the Denver-based system that owns 108 healthcare facilities in 19 states, is searching for a new president and CEO as Patricia Cahill prepares to retire.
Cahill, 64, will retire July 31 from the top post at CHI, which she has held since the system was created in 1996 by the merger of Catholic Health Corp., Omaha, Neb.; Franciscan Health System, Aston, Pa.; Sisters of Charity Health Care System, Cincinnati; and Sisters of Charity of Nazareth Health System, Nazareth, Ky.
The CHI board has retained Witt/Kieffer, an Oak Brook, Ill.-based executive search firm, to evaluate potential candidates. The board will review internal candidates and executives from outside the organization, board Chairwoman Maryanna Coyle said. The board expects to find a successor by July, she said.
Coyle credited Cahill with leading the organization through a financial turnaround and integrating the 108 healthcare organizations into a cohesive system. "She has had the courage to make strategic and operational decisions to ensure the future viability of the health system," Coyle said.
* Peter Kelly, president and CEO of four-hospital Continuum Health Partners, New York, resigned without explanation after two years on the job.
Kelly, 55, spent more than 20 years at Beth Israel Medical Center and Continuum, which he helped form in 1997. Gail Donovan, 45, Continuum's COO and executive vice president, has become interim president and CEO while a committee of trustees, physicians and administrators conducts a national search for a successor. "We are grateful to Mr. Kelly for his efforts on behalf of our institutions, and I know you all join me in wishing him well in his future endeavors," Continuum Chairman Morton Hyman said in a memo to employees.