March/April 2007

Catholic Health Initiatives Announces New Group Structure


To strengthen its long-term commitment to and advocacy for communities served, Catholic Health Initiatives has announced changes to the alignment of the structures and resources that support its market-based organizations, community health service organizations and joint operating agreements.

Effective in July 2007, five senior executives will lead five different groups of market-based organizations and joint operating agreements. Three of these executives — Gary Campbell, Deborah Lee-Eddie and Dave Goode, currently senior vice presidents of operations for Catholic Health Initiatives — have already been named.

“These changes are among the initial steps we intend to take toward energizing our ministry’s vitality and viability for the next decade,” said Michael Rowan, FACHE, chief operating officer of Catholic Health Initiatives.

With the new title of senior vice president and group executive officer, Campbell will lead a group comprised of Catholic Health Initiatives’ facilities in Kentucky, Nebraska (except Alegent Health in Omaha) and Dayton, Ohio. He will be based in the Northern Kentucky office.

Goode will serve as senior vice president and group executive officer for Catholic Health Initiatives’ facilities in Oregon; Idaho; South Dakota; Great Bend, Kan.; and Durango, Colo. He will initially be based in the Minneapolis office of Catholic Health Initiatives, with plans to relocate to Denver.

Lee-Eddie will serve as senior vice president and group executive officer for Catholic Health Initiatives’ operations in Cincinnati, Ohio; Des Moines, Iowa; Omaha, Neb.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; and Tacoma, Wash. She will be based in the Denver office.

A fourth senior vice president and group executive officer will lead a group comprised of Catholic Health Initiatives’ facilities in Joplin, Mo.; Little Rock, Ark.; Reading, Pa.; Towson, Md.; and Garden City, Kan. In addition, a new senior vice president and division executive officer will lead Catholic Health Initiatives’ operating division based in Fargo, N.D., which encompasses operations in Minnesota and North Dakota.

Operations not included in the newly announced groups and division will be assigned to leaders in Catholic Health Initiatives’ current national structure.

“While these actions are only part of our efforts to build a stronger Catholic Health Initiatives that can help all of its organizations fulfill their missions, support their communities and champion the promise of their people, we believe the individuals selected will fit very well with the effort to create better linkage of operations of similar size, complexity and market characteristics,” said Rowan.

Catholic Health Initiatives also announced that it will open an office in Fargo for the new operating division based there and will not renew the lease on its Minneapolis office, which runs through June 2009. “It is our intent to keep the Minneapolis office open until June 2009,” said Michael Fordyce, chief administrative officer for Catholic Health Initiatives. “Our senior leadership team is respectful of the employees working in the Minneapolis office and will certainly help them make a smooth transition and explore new opportunities within Catholic Health Initiatives.”