June/July 2003 Special Edition

Curriculum Vitae - Patricia A. Cahill, Esq.


Patricia A. Cahill, Esq., received her bachelor of arts degree from Emmanuel College, Boston, Mass., in 1959. In 1980, she earned a juris doctor degree from the George Washington University Law School, Washington, D.C. She has also received four honorary doctorates in law and humane letters.

After teaching French and Spanish to junior high school students in Newton, Mass., for several years, Cahill relocated to Washington, D.C., to work for the Job Corps as an education specialist. During her years in Washington, she took on increasingly responsible leadership roles with the American Nursing Home Association, the Association of University Programs in Health Administration and the Catholic Health Association, where she served as vice president for government services from 1979 until 1982.

Cahill spent three years as president and chief executive officer of Calvary Hospital in the Bronx, N.Y., a 200-bed specialty hospital for patients with advanced cancer. In 1986 she joined the Archdiocese of New York, where she held a number of executive positions including director of health and hospitals.

Cahill took on her greatest professional challenge in 1996, when she agreed to serve as the first president and chief executive officer of a new health care system called Catholic Health Initiatives.

Cahill is a member of many professional organizations, is a published author and has served on the boards of many Catholic hospitals and nursing homes as well as organizations such as Mutual of America and the Catholic Health Association. The many honors she has received include the Elizabeth Seton Award from St. John’s University, Jamaica, N.Y., the Lifetime Achievement Award from the College of Mount St. Vincent, Bronx, N.Y., and the Rose Award from the Rosalie Hall Home for Unwed Mothers, Bronx, N.Y.