Catholic Health East, Newtown Square, Pa., announced Judith Persichilli will succeed Robert Stanek as president and CEO. Stanek, chief executive of the 23-hospital Catholic system since December 2003, is expected to step down by the end of 2010.
Persichilli, a registered nurse, has been named CHE executive vice president and chief operating officer, effective immediately. She succeeds Mark O’Neill as COO, who stepped down in November. She was previously the system's executive vice president of acute care, a position she has held since 2008, according to a news release announcing her appointment. Prior to that, she was CHE mid-Atlantic division executive vice president and CEO of the system's St. Francis Medical Center, a 168-bed hospital in Trenton, N.J.