January/February 2007

Cahill Leadership Initiative Grants Awarded


Catholic Health Initiatives awarded Patricia A. Cahill Leadership Initiative grants for 2006 to Phil Mears, senior vice president, supply chain management; and John Newton, vice president, legal services.

The Patricia A. Cahill Leadership Initiative was established by the Board of Stewardship Trustees to give Catholic Health Initiatives’ leaders an opportunity to take time away from their jobs for education, research, writing or community service. The initiative is named in honor of Patricia Cahill, Catholic Health Initiatives’ first president and chief executive officer. Market-based chief executive officers and national office vice presidents, senior vice presidents and executive vice presidents with at least five years of service to Catholic Health Initiatives are eligible to apply for the grants.

Mears recently received a juris doctorate degree from the University of Denver. His grant enabled him to dedicate time to studying for the Colorado bar examination. Mears has served Catholic Health Initiatives and a predecessor system since January 1993.

Newton is using his sabbatical to research and study Franciscan life and charism at the Franciscan International Study Center, Canterbury, England. He will also make a pilgrimage to Assisi, combined with a directed retreat in Rome, Italy. He has served Catholic Health Initiatives and a predecessor system for more than 20 years.