Catholic Health Initiatives, Denver, named Kevin Lofton as its new president and CEO effective Aug. 1. Lofton, currently executive vice president and COO at the 68-hospital system, succeeds Patricia Cahill, 65, who retires July 31. The CHI board cited Lofton's leadership skills and the respect he receives from colleagues as key factors in its decision. "Kevin's depth of knowledge and understanding of healthcare, his outstanding leadership and his commitment to the healthcare ministry are exemplary," Board Chairwoman Maryanna Coyle said. Lofton, 48, joined CHI in 1998 as president of the former southeast region. He was promoted to COO in 1999 and appointed executive vice president in 2000. He previously was executive director and CEO of the University of Alabama Hospital, Birmingham. -- by Patrick Reilly
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