June 1999

Lofton Named New Chief Operating Officer for Catholic Health Initiatives

Other senior staff appointments announced

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Kevin E. Lofton

Kevin E. Lofton, currently group president for the Louisville Office, has been appointed chief operating officer of Catholic Health Initiatives. "I am pleased that Kevin has accepted this position," said Patricia A. Cahill, president and chief executive officer of Catholic Health Initiatives. "The organization is fortunate to have an outstanding leader who has earned the profound professional and personal respect of his colleagues in a relatively short time. In addition to his many professional accomplishments, Kevin’s depth of knowledge and understanding of the complexities and challenges of Catholic Health Initiatives will provide the continuity of leadership that we need at this strategic point in the evolution of our organization." In this position, Lofton will be responsible for all market-based health care services, and will oversee the organization’s corporate information technology, clinical operations, supply chain services and service center operations. In accepting his new role, Lofton stated that, "I am excited to be involved in the limitless potential of this dynamic organization. Together we will continue to promote Catholic Health Initiatives’ mission and values so that we can meet the needs of the communities in our service areas." Lofton joined Catholic Health Initiatives in February 1998 as the president of the former southeast region. In July 1998, he as named Louisville group president, responsible for strategic direction and operations oversight of the Catholic Health Initiatives’ organizations in Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska and Tennessee; Cincinnati, Ohio, was added in May 1999. Lofton will remain in the Louisville office in his new position. Prior to joining Catholic Health Initiatives, Lofton was the executive director and chief executive officer of the University of Alabama Hospital in Birmingham. From 1993 to 1998, he was responsible for the overall management and strategic direction of the 908-bed university teaching hospital. In previous positions, Lofton served as the chief executive officer of Howard University Hospital, Washington, D.C., and chief operating officer at University Medical Center, the urban campus of the University of Florida Health Science Center in Jacksonville, Fla. Lofton received a master of health administration degree from Georgia State University in Atlanta, and a bachelor of science degree in management from Boston University. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and served as the Regent-at-Large for District III of ACHE, which included 10 states and Puerto Rico. Lofton served as president of the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE), the largest African-American health care organization in the United States. In addition, he serves on the Nominations and Workforce Diversity Committees of the Catholic Hospital Association and the American Hospital Association Nominations Committee. Lofton is married to Maude Brown Lofton, MD, an assistant professor and child development pediatrician at the University of Louisville Child Evaluation Center. They have two children, Kevin, 14, and Johanna, 12. Other Senior Staff Appointments Announced Last year, Catholic Health Initiatives began an organizational transformation that was designed to help the organization more effectively achieve the vision of its foundresses. From the early stages of conception and implementation, F.J. Earley was part of the team that helped to move organizational transformation forward. According to Cahill, F.J. talked openly with many members of the Catholic Health Initiatives family about his illness, and left the organization in March due to the increasing deterioration of his health. Please keep him in your prayers. In order to maintain Catholic Health Initiatives’ focus on the continuous evolution of the organizational strategies initiated in the transformation process, two senior staff members will assume the responsibility for ongoing direction in these areas. John DiCola, senior vice president of strategy and business development, will guide Catholic Health Initiatives’ overarching progress toward strategic organizational goals. In addition to his role as senior vice president of human resources, Michael Fordyce will also assume the responsibilities of chief administrative officer to assure that the organizational configuration, specifically enterprise staffing and locations, effectively meets the needs of the market-based organizations within the overall mission and vision of Catholic Health Initiatives.