January 9, 2013

Elizabeth Hickle named executive director of Light of Hearts Villa

Elizabeth J. Hickle, MPA, LNHA has been named executive director of Light of Hearts Villa, a supportive residential community for seniors. Located in Bedford, Ohio at the former Lumen Cordium High School, Light of Hearts Villa is a joint ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System and the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati. 

Hickle, a licensed nursing home administrator, joins Light of Hearts Villa from St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, where she served in multiple roles. As interim director of emergency services, Hickle directed operations of the emergency department for the main campus and a satellite free standing emergency room. Responsible for managing the department’s  budget, staff recruitment, compliance and policies, Betty also was involved in supporting marketing and outreach programs and implementing an electronic medical record system. As administrative director of the hospital’s medical campus in Solon, Hickle directed operations for its emergency department, radiology, laboratory, occupational medicine, rehabilitations services and hospital-based physician practices. She was also the project manager for a major remodeling of the facility.

Previously, Hickle provided more than a decade of administrative leadership at the Women & Children's Pavilion at MetroHealth Medical Center, where she was director of daily ambulatory operations. In that role, she was responsible for financial planning and analysis for hospital-based operations, National Institutes of Health research funds and grant budgets involving The MetroHealth System, The MetroHealth Foundation and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, totaling more than $80 million. Her leadership also involved recruitment, orientation, training, supervision and performance evaluations for more than 160 FTE faculty, staff, residency and fellowship training programs. Additionally, Betty served in leadership of The Elisabeth Severance Prentiss Center for Skilled Nursing Care at MetroHealth.

"Betty brings to Light of Hearts Villa 14 years of progressive leadership in health care at two outstanding institutions," said Sister Judith Ann Karam, CSA, president and CEO of the Sisters of Charity Health System.  "Her leadership roles at St. Vincent Charity and The MetroHealth System will be a significant asset to Light of Hearts Villa and its mission of upholding seniors on their journey of aging.”

On January 14, Hickle will formally assume her new role leading Light of Hearts Villa.

"Guided by faith, Light of Hearts Villa provides an improved and enriched quality of life for older adults and their families," said Hickle. "I am very pleased to join and advance this commitment to serving seniors with grace and integrity through quality, affordable services."

Hickle is an active board member of the Rotary Club of Solon and the Solon Senior Center’s Connect4Seniors program, which connects seniors with approved residential contractors and service providers. She is active in the community through volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland, Positively Cleveland, Muscular Dystrophy Association and other nonprofit organizations.

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