HealthLeaders announced that Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System has named Richard R. Vath, MD, president and CEO. He has served as interim-president and CEO at the six-hospital health system since March. Vath joined Franciscan in 2006 after two decades of private practice in pulmonology. He has served as chief medical officer at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge before joining the health system as its chief transformation officer.
During a packed three days in the Lone Star State, speakers and nearly 850 attendees at the Catholic Health Assembly honored Sr. Carol Keehan, DC, on the eve of her retirement as CHA president and chief executive officer, and welcomed her successor, Sr. Mary Haddad, RSM. Sr. Carol was quoted, “Under Sr. Mary’s leadership, I believe Catholic health care’s best days are ahead of it.” See the complete press release here.
After 77 years of combined service, three CHRISTUS Health leaders are retiring over the next several months. Ernie Sadau, CHRISTUS Health President and CEO shared, “Each has a rich legacy at CHRISTUS and each has left an indelible positive mark on our ministry.” According to the press release, a number of internal promotions were announced. The announcement was also carried by Becker’s Hospital Review.
Bon Secours Mercy Health’s footprint has expanded to include Ireland. Becker’s Hospital Review confirmed the merger in early July. Bill Maher was named president of the Irish market.
Providence St. Joseph Health has teamed up with Microsoft to open a new, high-tech hospital. Using an existing facility in the Seattle area, close to Microsoft’s headquarters, the goal is to improve the system’s EMR, by sharing information more easily. Another goal will be to help lower healthcare costs, as the system works with the area’s largest employer. Becker’s Hospital Review indicates both organizations have invested heavily in the project.
Becker’s Hospital Review reports that OSF HealthCare, a 13-hospital system, and Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Centers, a single-hospital system are negotiating a full merger, according to a July 17 announcement, and will spend the next several months finalizing an agreement. The merger will create a 14-hospital system with over 20,000 employees