March 2002

Catholic Health Initiatives to Close Aston Office

Catholic Health Initiatives will relocate the services provided by its office in Aston, Pa., to other national offices and will close the Aston office by the end of 2002. The decision to close the office was based on a thorough review of its operations by the President’s Advisory Council following the transfer of five market-based organizations and related administrative services to Catholic Health East last year. The council considered the services provided by the Aston office staff, the number of staff members, proximity to market-based organizations and operating costs.

Most services now provided by the Aston office will relocate to Catholic Health Initiatives’ Northern Kentucky office. "Our goal is to retain the services of the Aston-based staff wherever possible," said Michael L. Fordyce, chief administrative officer for Catholic Health Initiatives.

"The staff of the Aston office has been instrumental in several of Catholic Health Initiatives’ key accomplishments during the past few years, including the transition of St. Joseph Hospital in Lancaster, Pa., and the transfer of five market-based organizations to Catholic Health East."

The transition of services and staff will begin in August. "We understand that although this decision is essential to the successful continuation of this health care ministry, it will present hardships for some of Catholic Health Initiatives’ Aston staff members," said Fordyce. "We will continue to provide timely information and support to the Aston staff throughout this process."

The closure of the Aston office will have no impact on the services or staff of the information technology or patient financial services departments located in Exton, Pa.

For more information, contact Michael Fordyce at