February 2004

Catholic Health Initiatives Names Rowan
Executive Vice President and
Chief Operating Officer

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Catholic Health Initiatives has named Michael T. Rowan executive vice president and chief operating officer, effective March 1.

Rowan is currently executive vice president and chief operating officer for St. John Health, a multi-hospital integrated delivery system in southeastern Michigan. St. John Health, which includes nine hospitals and two long-term care facilities, also comprises the largest operating region of Ascension Health, St. Louis, Mo., one of the nation’s largest Catholic health care systems. "We are so pleased to welcome Michael to our leadership team," said Kevin E. Lofton, FACHE, president and chief executive officer of Catholic Health Initiatives. "He brings excellent management experience, a deep understanding of the challenges that face local health care providers and a fresh perspective to our organization."

During his tenure at St. John Health, Rowan implemented a new operating model that resulted in the attainment of the system’s strategic objectives, including improvement in operating and financial performance despite reductions in Medicare and Medicaid payments.

Before joining St. John Health, Rowan was president and chief executive officer of the Humility of Mary Health Care Corporation, Youngstown, Ohio. He led a financial turnaround that moved the system from a $10 million operating loss in fiscal year 1999 to excess revenues over expenses of $20 million in fiscal year 2002. He was also instrumental in increasing the system’s involvement in building healthier communities through residential housing development, neighborhood revitalization and economic development.

Rowan has also served in executive and management positions at Sarasota Memorial Health System in Sarasota, Fla.; Memorial Medical Center, Savannah, Ga.; St. Vincent Medical Center, Toledo, Ohio; Saint Vincent’s Hospital, New York, N.Y.; and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Rowan holds a master’s degree in health administration from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree from Miami University of Ohio. He and his wife, Patrice, have two children, ages 3-1/2 and 1-1/2. He will be based in the Denver national office.