March 28, 2011

Dr. David Perse named president of St. Vincent Charity Medical Center

The Board of Directors of St. Vincent Charity Medical Center and Sister Judith Ann Karam, CSA, President and CEO of the Sisters of Charity Health System, have named David Perse, M.D., President of St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, effective April 15, 2011. Dr. Perse is the current President of Lutheran Hospital, a Cleveland Clinic Hospital.

As President, Dr. Perse will lead the operations and implementation of the strategic direction of the Medical Center, ensuring the continued quality, service excellence, financial strength and growth of the Medical Center. He will collaborate with the medical staff and caregivers to ensure that healthcare services are delivered in a way consistent with the faith-based mission, vision and values of the Sisters of Charity Health System.

Sr. Judith Ann Karam, who has served as President and CEO of St. Vincent Charity Medical Center since August 2009, will continue in the role she has had since 1998 as President and CEO of the Sisters of Charity Health System. She will give support to Dr. Perse, work with the Board of Directors of St. Vincent and continue to engage community leaders, government officials, the St. Vincent Charity Development Foundation and other stakeholders to achieve the vision of St. Vincent Charity Medical Center.

“Dr. Perse shares our commitment to the urban neighborhoods of Cleveland and has dedicated his professional career to combining clinical excellence with human compassion,” said Melvin Pye, Jr., Chairman of the Board of St. Vincent Charity Medical Center. “St. Vincent Charity is a physician-focused organization, providing physicians with the right kind of support to assure success in Cleveland’s dynamic healthcare market. Having a physician leader of Dr. Perse’s stature provides a unique opportunity for us to partner with other service-oriented, compassionate and mission-focused physicians, an essential part of our goal to provide the highest quality care in Greater Cleveland.”

Dr. Perse will work with Sr. Judith Ann Karam, the Board and the Medical Staff in leading the Medical Center and providing exceptional clinical expertise as a physician and surgeon in the direct care of patients. “Bringing in Dr. Perse to lead St. Vincent represents a unique opportunity to have a proven physician leader recognized for his outstanding clinical excellence and strong hospital leadership,” said Karam. “Like us, he is highly motivated to work in an urban environment. He understands well the importance of our relationships with physicians, and shares our commitment to the independent practice of medicine.”

“I am very pleased to be part of an organization with a strong faith-based mission serving the urban core of Cleveland,” Dr. Perse said. “It has been a great privilege to serve the near-west patient population in Ohio City for the past 25 years. I am proud of my accomplishments at Lutheran, which would not have been possible without the support of the wonderful, dedicated staff there.”

A native Clevelander, Dr. Perse attended St. Joseph High School and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and a medical degree from The Ohio State University. He completed his internship and residency in general surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Cleveland. Dr. Perse served as President of Lutheran Hospital and the Regional Director of Wound Care for the Cleveland Clinic Regional Hospitals.

This announcement comes as St. Vincent Charity Medical Center continues to build support for its service to the community. The hospital’s strategic vision is focused on providing exceptional clinical quality and service, strengthening major service lines, building primary care and expanding physician alignment opportunities. During the past 18 months, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center has built tremendous momentum for its vision for the future by clearing vacated buildings, growing clinical service lines and adding physicians to its medical staff. St. Vincent also recently welcomed a new Board of Directors, all of whom are community leaders dedicated to and passionate about furthering its mission.

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