August 2003

Kevin Lofton Selected President and Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Health Initiatives

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The Catholic Health Initiatives Board of Stewardship Trustees selected Kevin E. Lofton, FACHE, as the president and chief executive officer of Catholic Health Initiatives, effective August 1. Lofton, who had been executive vice president and chief operating officer of Catholic Health Initiatives, succeeds Patricia A. Cahill, Esq., who retired as president and chief executive officer July 31.

"In Kevin, Catholic Health Initiatives is fortunate to have an exceptional leader who has earned the professional and personal respect of his colleagues throughout the organization and the health care industry," said Maryanna Coyle, SC, chair of the Board of Stewardship Trustees. "Kevin’s depth of knowledge and understanding of health care, his outstanding leadership and his commitment to the health care ministry are exemplary."

The board evaluated internal and external candidates to lead Catholic Health Initiatives and believes that Lofton possesses the leadership skills and vision to affirm the vitality of the organization and guide it forward.

Lofton joined Catholic Health Initiatives in 1998 as president of the organization’s former Southeast Region. He was promoted to chief operating officer in 1999 and was also named executive vice president in 2000.

Prior to joining Catholic Health Initiatives, Lofton was executive director and chief executive officer of the University of Alabama Hospital in Birmingham, a 908-bed teaching hospital. He has also served as chief executive officer of Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C., and chief operating officer at University Medical Center, the urban campus of the University of Florida Health Science Center in Jacksonville, Fla.

Currently, Lofton is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Hospital Association (AHA) and a member of the AHA Executive Committee. He also serves on the Diversity Committee and is a former member of the nominating committee of the Catholic Health Association.

Lofton is a fellow and a former Regent at Large in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and currently serves on the ACHE Leadership Advisory Committee. He is a past president of the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE).

Lofton has received many awards, including the NAHSE Senior Level Executive of the Year Award in 2000 and the Robert S. Hudgens Memorial Award as "Young Healthcare Executive of the Year" in 1993 from ACHE.

Lofton holds a master’s degree in health administration from Georgia State University, Atlanta, and a bachelor’s degree in management from Boston University, Boston, Mass. He is married to Maude Brown Lofton, MD, a pediatrician and child development specialist. They have two children, Kevin, 19, and Johanna, 16.

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