Cleveland (June 14, 2012) – Christopher M. Kelly, a partner at Jones Day, a global law firm practicing in the major centers of business and finance throughout the world, has joined the board of directors of the Cleveland-based Sisters of Charity Health System, one of several leading Catholic health care systems in the country.
“Chris is an excellent addition to the board. He has a strong commitment to the community and has extensive legal and business experience, which will be invaluable as we continue to strengthen our health system’s leadership to provide oversight of our Catholic health ministry,” said Sister Judith Ann Karam, CSA, president and CEO of the Sisters of Charity Health System.
Kelly is the partner-in-charge of the Jones Day Cleveland office. He is also the practice leader of the U.S. side of the Jones Day Capital Markets Group. His broad practice includes representing corporations and financial institutions in diverse domestic and international corporate finance matters, such as public and Rule 144A offerings, private capital raising, reorganization, restructuring, recapitalization, and acquisition transactions. Kelly has been practicing law since 1986 after graduating with honors from the Duke University School of Law. He also serves on the boards of the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s Northeast Ohio Region and Team NEO.
“I am honored to be part of the board of the Sisters of Charity Health System, an organization with a more than 160-year faith-based legacy of healing and helping individuals, families and communities. I look forward to helping the organization respond to the health care and economic challenges of today and tomorrow to continue that long legacy,” said Kelly.
About the Sisters of Charity Health System
The Sisters of Charity Health System was established in 1982 as the parent corporation for the sponsored ministries of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine in Ohio and South Carolina. The Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine, since the congregation’s founding in 1851, continue a faith-based legacy of high-quality, compassionate care. This is done in partnership with its co-ministers, who the sisters describe as the heart and hands of the ministry.
The Sisters of Charity Health System solely owns four Catholic hospitals: St. Vincent Charity Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio; Mercy Medical Center in Canton, Ohio; and Providence Hospital and Providence Northeast in Columbia, South Carolina. In a 50/50 joint venture with University Hospitals of Cleveland, the Sisters of Charity Health System also co-owns St. John Medical Center in Westlake, Ohio.
The Sisters of Charity Health System also oversees three grantmaking foundations located in Cleveland and Canton, Ohio, and Columbia, South Carolina. Each foundation sponsors significant community initiatives and collaborations that address causes and consequences of poverty.
Other health and human services and education-related organizations within the Sisters of Charity Health System include Joseph’s Home, a unique residential care center for homeless men in Cleveland; Early Childhood Resource Center for people working in childcare in all settings in Canton; Healthy Learners, a health care resource for children from low-income families in South Carolina; and the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families, a state-wide organization supporting initiatives to reengage fathers in the lives of their children.
The Sisters of Charity Health System also provides residential elder care services at Regina Health Center in Richfield, Ohio, and Light of Hearts Villa in Bedford, Ohio. Light of Hearts Villa is jointly sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati.
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