August 2003

Catholic Health Initiatives Mourns Linda Culp


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"She offered us a year of unparalleled challenges and amazing results, speaking passionately with words like culture of excellence, service pride, team spirit, joy and celebration. She convinced me. I wanted to go with her."

Maureen Phelps, Marymount Medical Center


Catholic Health Initiatives mourns the recent death of Linda Culp, president and chief executive officer of Marymount Medical Center, London, Ky. Culp was memorialized in a service held July 25 in London. Speakers included Patricia A. Cahill, Esq., retired president and chief executive officer of Catholic Health Initiatives; Elizabeth Wendeln, SCN,
a member of the Board of Stewardship Trustees of Catholic Health Initiatives; and James Kaskie, senior vice president of operations for Catholic Health Initiatives, as well as members of the Marymount board and staff.

"Linda contributed enormously to the strengthening of Marymount Medical Center," Cahill said at the service. With the staff, she created a vision and began to lay the groundwork for a new hospital and exciting new health care plans for London."

"Linda’s energy and sense of accomplishment, mission and dedication resound through Marymount," added Kaskie.

Sister Michael Leo Mullaney, SCN, president of the Board of Directors of Marymount, recalled Linda’s sense of professionalism. "She was an example to all of us of professionalism coupled with justice and compassion," said Sister Michael. "Her enthusiasm was catching, and she was a serious planner, creating a dream for Marymount’s future."

"Linda challenged us to join her in her vision for Marymount," said Maureen Phelps, materials management director for Marymount. "She offered us a year of unparalleled challenges and amazing results, speaking passionately with words like culture of excellence, service pride, team spirit, joy and celebration. She convinced me. I wanted to go with her."

Cahill said that the best tribute the staff can give to Culp is to make her dream for Marymount a reality. "Linda is now enjoying the full and unfathomable presence of her God," Cahill added. "When we think of her, let’s put her in His presence, for it is a joyous picture."

At the end of the memorial service, Marymount staff members handed
colorful, helium-filled balloons to the attendees. Each balloon contained a unique memory of Culp, written by a Marymount employee. At a signal, the balloons were released and rose as a mass of color in a clear blue sky. "I’m sure Linda was smiling at the sight," said Mary Elise Biegert, director of communications services for Catholic Health Initiatives.