March/April 2008

Hirsch to Lead Saint Clare’s Health System


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Leslie Hirsh

Leslie Hirsch was named president and chief executive officer of Saint Clare’s Health System, Denville, N.J. His appointment became official on April 1, when Saint Clare’s joined Catholic Health Initiatives. He will begin his new duties in May. Hirsch has 30 years of experience in health care, including leadership positions with providers in New Jersey and experience in Catholic health care. He was previously president and chief executive officer of Touro Infirmary, a major, inner-city teaching hospital in New Orleans with more than 500 licensed beds and 2,000 employees. Hirsch joined Touro one week before Hurricane Katrina, then led the evacuation of more than 200 patients during the storm. He also led the reopening of Touro, which was the first hospital in New Orleans to reopen, and restored operations to near full capacity within one year. Hirsch has also served as president and chief executive officer of Exempla St. Joseph Hospital, Denver, Colo., and Cooper Health System, Camden, N.J. He holds a master’s degree in public health from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Rutherford, N.J., and a bachelor’s degree in political science from William Paterson University, Wayne, N.J. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.