March 2003

Berea Hospital in Kentucky Joins Catholic Health Initiatives


"We are moving ahead with plans to enhance this fine organization by expanding its services in response to community needs and by improving local access so that area residents won’t need to go elsewhere for many types of care."

James Kaskie, Senior Vice President of Operations, Catholic Health Initiatives


Berea Hospital, a 48-bed community-owned hospital in Berea, Ky., has signed a definitive agreement to become part of Catholic Health Initiatives. The transaction is expected to be finalized by March 31, 2003.

Under a separate management contract, Catholic Health Initiatives has assumed responsibility for the oversight and management of day-to-day operations at Berea Hospital until it officially joins the system. Catholic Health Initiatives has appointed Angie Carman, who has served as the hospital’s acting administrator since July 2002, as interim chief executive officer of Berea Hospital.

"We are very excited about Berea Hospital becoming part of the Catholic Health Initiatives family," said James Kaskie, senior vice president of operations for Catholic Health Initiatives. "We are moving ahead with plans to enhance this fine organization by expanding its services in response to community needs and by improving local access so that area residents won’t need to go elsewhere for many types of care."

Berea Hospital began in 1898 in an eight-bed cottage on the campus of Berea College. Today, the hospital provides inpatient and outpatient services to the residents of four counties. "The affiliation of Berea Hospital into Catholic Health Initiatives is a significant event for the Berea community and for the hospital," said Leigh Jones, chair of the Board of Directors of Berea Hospital. "Not only will this affiliation greatly enhance the health care services available to our community, it will also continue the strong values-based heritage that has been such a vital part of Berea Hospital. The hospital Board looks forward to this new partnership between Catholic Health Initiatives and the community."