December 2000

Leadership Letter from Patricia A. Cahill, JD, President and Chief Executive Officer

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The holiday season is a time of peace and love, of sharing and giving. It is also a time to reflect on the past year and plan for the one ahead. As you carry out your obligations and spend time with those you love during this holiday season, I hope you will take a few minutes to think about a few of the many successes you helped Catholic Health Initiatives to achieve this year:
  • The Mission and Ministry Fund presented 31 grants to projects and coalitions designed to build healthy communities.
  • More than 125 leaders from throughout Catholic Health Initiatives participated in leadership development retreats.
  • Our market-based and national leaders continued to build congressional support for legislation to provide relief from the effects of the Balanced Budget Act.
  • Finally, Catholic Health Initiatives achieved a $96.5 million gain in the 2000 fiscal year. Compared to our $54 million loss during the 1999 fiscal year, this is an extraordinary achievement. It happened because all of you put your hearts and minds into bringing Catholic Health Initiatives to this positive turning point in our short history, and you did it while upholding the mission and vision of this organization. Thank you!
Of course, the road ahead will not be easy. But, as I told the gathering at our wonderful National Leadership Conference in September, the one thing I never worry about is the absolute fidelity of our market-based organizations, national staff and sponsoring congregations to the mission of Catholic Health Initiatives. I marvel at the depth of commitment shown by board members, physicians and staff throughout this organization, and I am grateful. During this blessed season, let us reflect on our progress while we renew ourselves for the challenges ahead. Draw strength from the love of the friends and family members around you, from the gratitude of those you serve and from the knowledge that you are part of another family that has grown stronger each year – Catholic Health Initiatives. Please allow me to wish you and those you love a gentle, peaceful holiday season.