September/November 2006

Catholic Health Initiatives Announces New Board Members


Catholic Health Initiatives has welcomed three new members to its Board of Stewardship Trustees and installed a new Board chair. Elizabeth Wendeln, SCN, began a one-year term as chair of the Catholic Health Initiatives Board of Stewardship Trustees on July 1. Sister Liz has served as a member of the Board of Stewardship Trustees since 1997. She succeeds Esther Anderson, OSF, PhD, who served on the Board since its inception in 1996 and as chair since July 2003. The Board also named Mary Wakefield, RN, PhD, chair-elect. When Wakefield assumes the role in July 2007, she will be the first lay person to serve as chair of the Board of Stewardship Trustees. She is director of the Center for Rural Health at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, N.D. Following are brief profiles of three new Board members: Maureen Comer, OP Sister Maureen is administrator of Lourdes Campus, Waterford, Mich. She previously served as administrator, treasurer and general councilor of the Adrian Dominican Congregation, Adrian, Mich. Her experience in health care includes serving as vice president of mission leadership for Sisters of Providence Health System, Seattle, Wash.; administrator of Providence Centralia Hospital, Centralia, Wash.; and assistant to the president of Mercy Health Services, Farmington Hills, Mich. Sister Maureen has served on the boards of the Catholic Health Association and Catholic Healthcare West. She has a master’s degree in hospital and health administration from Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio; an advanced certificate in theology from Siena Heights College, Adrian, Mich.; and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Wayne State University, Detroit, Mich. Blackford Middleton, MD, MPH, MSc Middleton is corporate director of clinical informatics research and development and chair of the Center for Information Technology Leadership at Partners Healthcare System, Boston, Mass. He also serves as assistant professor of medicine at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston. He previously served as senior vice president and chief medical officer for Medscape, Inc., New York, N.Y.; associate professor of medical informatics and outcomes research at Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, Ore.; and as an attending physician at Providence Health System, Portland, Ore. He has a master’s degree in health research and policy from Stanford University, Stanford, Calif., and a master’s degree in public health from Yale University, New Haven, Conn. He earned his doctor of medicine degree at State University of New York, Buffalo, N.Y. Patricia Smith, OSF, JCD Sister Patricia is a visiting assistant professor of canon law at the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Ind., and is on the faculty at Neumann College, Aston, Pa. She serves as a judge for the marriage tribunal of the diocese of Wilmington, Del., and as a canonical consultant for religious communities. She previously served as congregational leader and general councilor for the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, Aston, Pa., and as director of congregational sponsorship for the former Franciscan Health System, one of the predecessor systems of Catholic Health Initiatives. Sister Patricia has a doctor of canon law degree from Saint Paul University/ University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario; a master’s degree in theology from St. Bonaventure University, St. Bonaventure, N.Y.; and a bachelor’s degree in English from Neumann College.