December 2006

Catholic Health Initiatives Recognized by NAHSE, Mercy-Des Moines by NAACP


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(From left) Kirk Norris, chief executive officer of the Iowa Hospital Association; Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack; Kevin Lofton, president and chief executive officer of Catholic Health Initiatives; and David Vellinga, president and chief executive officer of Mercy Medical Center-Des Moines, gathered with 600 others at the NAACP’s Freedom Fund banquet in Des Moines, Iowa, November 11. Lofton served as the keynote speaker for the evening.

The National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE) presented Catholic Health Initiatives with its inaugural Outstanding Organization of the Year Award during NAHSE’s 21st Annual Educational Conference, Business Meeting and Exhibition held October 12–14 in Baltimore, Md. The award recognizes Catholic Health Initiatives’ contributions to the health care industry, leadership role in advancing the cause of diversity in health care management and continued partnership with NAHSE.

Mercy Medical Center-Des Moines, Des Moines, Iowa, received the 2006 Merit Employer of the Year Award from the Des Moines Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) during the group’s annual Freedom Fund banquet on November 11. The event, attended by more than 600 people, included a keynote address by Kevin Lofton, president and chief executive officer of Catholic Health Initiatives. Mercy was selected for the award based on the organization’s demonstrated commitment to diversity.