December 18, 2014

Terrence Kessler named interim CEO of Providence Hospitals

Providence Hospitals has announced Terrence P. Kessler as its new interim president and CEO as of January 1, 2015. In this role, Kessler will provide direct oversight of Providence Hospital, Providence Orthopedic Hospital, and the associated rehabilitation and physician practices.

Kessler will also remain president and CEO of Providence’s parent corporation, the Sisters of Charity Health System. The health system includes five faith-based hospitals, three grantmaking foundations, two eldercare facilities and six outreach organizations in Ohio and South Carolina.

“Terry has intimate knowledge of Providence, and knows the significant achievements made over the past year. Terry will ensure the positive momentum of Providence continues,” said Michael Kapp, board chair of Providence Hospitals.

“I look forward to continuing Providence’s commitment to bringing a higher standard of care to the people of the Midlands and beyond,” said Kessler. “I have deep respect for the devotion to healing exemplified by this organization, which has a vibrant past and a strong future of continuing to respond to the health care needs of the communities we serve.”

Prior to becoming president and CEO of the Sisters of Charity Health System in 2013, Kessler served as its general counsel. Kessler served on the board of directors of the Sisters of Charity Health System from 1998 to 2012, including as board chair from 2006 to 2012.

Kessler earned a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and his law degree from The Ohio State University College of Law.

Providence Hospitals is the leading provider of cardiovascular and orthopedic services in the Midlands. Providence is composed of two hospitals, thirteen physician practices, a network of rehabilitation centers, two sleep centers, a school of cardiac diagnostics and is an accredited chest pain center. In total, Providence employs more than 2,000 dedicated staff.

Founded in 1938 by the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine, Providence is known statewide for outstanding clinical quality and compassionate care. The Providence open heart surgery program has ranked consistently in the top 15% of open heart programs for the past six and one-half years. Both the orthopedics and cardiac services have received the South Carolina BlueCross BlueShield Blue Distinction Center designation. 


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