August 2003

Catholic Health Initiatives Honors Maryanna Coyle


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The Board of Stewardship Trustees of Catholic Health Initiatives unanimously approved a resolution to rename the board room in the Denver office the Maryanna Coyle, SC, Board Room in honor of the organization’s first board chair. Sister Maryanna’s term as Board chair ended on July 31.

The inscription on the plaque that will be placed in the board room reads: "With sincere appreciation for the visionary and dedicated leadership of Maryanna Coyle, SC, in the formation of Catholic Health Initiatives and the advancement of its mission, vision and values as the first Chair of the Board of Stewardship Trustees." Kevin Lofton, president and chief executive officer of Catholic Health Initiatives, said "Sister Maryanna has been an inspirational leader whose intelligence and compassion have strengthened not only Catholic Health Initiatives, but all of Catholic health care in the United States."

Sister Maryanna joined the Sisters of Charity in 1952. Her first mission was teaching English and music at Holy Redeemer School in Kensington, Md. She was a popular teacher and later became a principal. In the late 1960s she was elected vice president of the Sisters of Charity, the first of many leadership positions she has fulfilled for her religious community.

Sister Maryanna served on the Steering Council that founded Catholic Health Initiatives in 1996. As the first chair of the Board of Stewardship Trustees, she led the complex process of combining the cultures, resources and balance sheets of geographically dispersed health systems with similar goals and values, but different traditions. "During her tenure, Catholic Health Initiatives established a strong infrastructure, improved relations with market-based boards and an active commitment to building healthy communities," said Lofton. "Her natural leadership abilities and prophetic sense of the future have been of immeasurable value to Catholic Health Initiatives."