June 24, 2014

Catholic Health Association elects Sister Judith Ann Karam vice chairperson/chairperson-elect

Sister Judith Ann Karam, CSA, congregational leader for the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine, was chosen vice chairperson/chairperson-elect of the Board of Trustees of the Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA) for fiscal year 2014-2015 in an election held during the 2014 Catholic Health Assembly in Chicago, June 22-24. She will then assume leadership of the CHA board in fiscal year 2015-2016. Sr. Judith Ann is also chair of CSA Health System Ministries, the public juridic person of the Sisters of Charity Health System.

Alan R. Yordy, president and chief mission officer at Peace Health in Vancouver, Washington, is serving as the chairperson of the board of trustees for fiscal year 2014-15.

The CHA board consists of 23 trustees. Its role includes developing CHA's strategic direction, ensuring CHA's fidelity to its mission, stewarding CHA's resources and performing other governance activities to support and strengthen the Catholic health ministry in the United States.

The CHA, founded in 1915, supports the Catholic health ministry's commitment to improve the health status of communities and create quality and compassionate health care that works for everyone. The Catholic health ministry is the nation's largest group of not-for-profit health systems and facilities that, along with their sponsoring organizations, employ more than 750,000 women and men who deliver services combining advanced technology with the Catholic caring tradition. For more information, visit the CHA website at www.chausa.org.

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