January/Februay 2006

New Executive Fellow Selected

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Raleigh Heard, Jr., has been selected to participate in Catholic Health Initiatives’ Executive Diversity Fellowship Program. He began his fellowship January 9, 2006.

Heard will spend the next year working with mentors within Catholic Health Initiatives to expand his leadership capabilities and operational experience. His mentors will include Michael Rowan, chief operating officer; Gary Campbell, senior vice president of operations; and John Tolmie, president and chief executive officer of St. Joseph Medical Center, Towson, Md. Heard will be based in the Baltimore area. “I consider it an honor to join an organization with such a rich tradition of excellence and compassion, and look forward to the breadth and depth of hands-on experiences provided by this fellowship,” said Heard. “My longer-term focus is not only longevity with the organization, but also a fulfilling career as a servant leader.” Heard’s professional experience includes an administrative fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., and serving as assistant director of the Healthcare Leadership Program at CIGNA Healthcare, Hartford, Conn. Most recently, he was associate director of H*Works for The Advisory Board Company, Washington, D.C., where he facilitated development and implementation of hospital best practice operations programs. He has a master’s degree in health administration from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond and a bachelor’s degree from Morehouse College, Atlanta, Ga. “The primary objective of the fellowship program is to prepare high-potential managers as candidates for executive leadership roles within Catholic Health Initiatives and its market-based organizations,” said Michael Fordyce, chief administrative officer for Catholic Health Initiatives. “The program continues to attract outstanding and diverse leadership candidates.” Catholic Health Initiatives’ first two executive diversity fellows, Richelle Webb and Derek Jones, are now serving in leadership roles within the system. Webb is director of advocacy and community health for Catholic Health Initiatives; Jones is vice president of professional services at Saint Joseph HealthCare in Lexington, Ky. For more information about the Executive Diversity Fellowship Program, contact Dave Black, vice president of leadership and culture development for Catholic Health Initiatives, at davidblack@catholichealth.net.