June/July 2003 Special Edition

Tribute from Maryanna Coyle, SC


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Maryanna Coyle, SC, and Pat Cahill

"Looking at Catholic Health Initiatives today, one can readily understand why Patricia Cahill was the ideal founding president and chief executive officer. Pat embraced the vision and pioneering spirit of the founding congregations. Catholic Health Initiatives’ core values of Reverence, Integrity, Compassion and Excellence became the yardstick by which Pat measured her own performance as she modeled that leadership style for others. "Her willingness to risk, to embrace the unknown and to challenge the status quo were vital attributes in blending four very diverse health care systems into the integrated identity of Catholic Health Initiatives. It took an integrated and balanced individual to manage the significant dynamics of change in forming Catholic Health Initiatives, and Pat maintained that harmony in all her endeavors and encounters. "Throughout these seven years, Pat’s contagious laughter, Irish wit and profound wisdom diffused controversy, lightened atmospheres and enlightened direction in her interactions with the Board of Stewardship Trustees. Pat truly gave wholeheartedly of herself and her talent in her outstanding leadership. Our tribute to Pat will be to continue the path she has made into the next generation of Catholic Health Initiatives." Maryanna Coyle, SC Chair, Board of Stewardship Trustees Catholic Health Initiatives