November 2001

Meet the Leader of CARITAS Health Services, Louisville, Kentucky

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Ian McFadden President and Chief Executive Officer

As president and chief executive officer of CARITAS Health Services, Ian McFadden leads the only Catholic health care provider in Louisville. McFadden joined the market-based organization on August 1. "I always wanted to work in a Catholic health care environment," he said. "CARITAS and Catholic Health Initiatives give me the opportunity to practice my faith and my profession simultaneously."

McFadden also enjoys the challenge of improving a health care provider’s financial performance. He plans to do so at CARITAS, which has a 331-bed acute care hospital, a 416-bed psychiatric hospital, a home health agency that serves 12 counties and a physician practice management division. "We have great support from our physicians and a very good reputation in the community, which are valuable assets," he said. "CARITAS also has growth opportunities in areas such as orthopedic surgery and neurosurgery."

McFadden joined Catholic Health Initiatives from Shelby County Healthcare in Memphis, Tenn., a 782-bed teaching health system that serves five states. He has also worked at West Tennessee Healthcare, Inc., of Jackson, Tenn., and began his career as an administrative resident at Hinds General Hospital in Jackson, Miss.

"I’ve found that I enjoy working within a health care system, because it gives local facilities access to the resources and financial backing they need," he said.

McFadden has a bachelor’s degree in health care management from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and a master’s degree in hospital and health administration from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. He also has a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Memphis and will soon complete his doctorate in higher education leadership. His wife, Angela, is an attorney who is now at home with their sons, Quinten, 8, and Brandon, 7.

"I feel really blessed to be here," said McFadden. "The job that we have to do is important. I’m glad to be able to work with the CARITAS organization to take care of people in this community."