March 2011

Remembering Norita Cooney, RSM


Sister Norita Cooney, 71, president of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas West Midwest Community, one of the founding congregations of CHI, died March 7, 2011. Sister Norita served as CEO of Bergan Mercy Health System, Omaha, NE, for 10 years until Alegent Health was formed. In 1995, she was named chair of the board of directors of Alegent. In 2004, the Catholic Health Association presented her with the prestigious Sister Mary Concilia Moran RSM Award in recognition of her visionary leadership in Catholic health care.