April 2000

St. Agnes Medical Center, Philadelphia, Pa.

400Sullivan Photo

Marge Sullivan, OSF
President and Chief Executive Officer

"At St. Agnes, we are fulfilling the vision of Catholic Health Initiatives by providing needed services for the community," said Marge Sullivan, OSF, president and chief executive officer of St. Agnes Medical Center in Philadelphia, Pa. "We’re attempting to move more of the services outside the hospital walls."

"This community is traditionally an Italian community where neighborhood and family are very important," said Sister Marge. "Even though I’m not of Italian origin, I grew up here so I know the community well. One of the best programs we have started to serve the community is our LIFE program. It stands for Living Independently For Elders, and it allows individuals who are nursing home eligible to stay in their homes."

The LIFE program provides all aspects of adult day care and a full range of medical and home care services for participants who are too frail for day care. "A couple of days a week, depending on their needs, participants go to a day center where all of their physical, social, and medical needs are met," said Sister Marge. "This program allows the children of the elderly to make sure their parents receive excellent care right here in the neighborhood."

Sister Marge received a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in social work from Temple University in Philadelphia. She earned a master’s of business administration degree in health administration from Widener University in Chester, Pa.

Her ties to St. Agnes run deep, as she was born in the hospital 49 years ago. "I’ll celebrate my 50th birthday in the same spot where I was born!" said Sister Marge.

"It’s nice running into the people I’ve grown up with and have a connection with from the neighborhood. That’s a big part of why I’m here."