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William A. Young Jr. Named President and CEO of St. John Medical Center

Westlake, Ohio - St. John Medical Center (SJMC) is pleased to announce the appointment of William A. Young Jr. as President and CEO of St. John Medical Center. The announcement was made by Ronald W. Dees, Chairman of the Board of Directors for St. John Medical Center, which is co-owned by the Sisters of Charity Health System and University Hospitals (UH). Mr. Young will begin his new role by December 31, 2011.

As President and CEO, Young will oversee the daily operations and lead the medical center's growth and service expansion plans as it continues to meet the needs of the west side community. Specifically, he will manage the medical center's five-year, $100-million strategic plan, which includes hospital renovations and adding specialty services and programs. Over the past year, several strategic initiatives were implemented such as opening the University Hospitals Neurological Institute at SJMC; expanding and relocating the Pain Management Center; installing digital mammography as well as adding a state-of-the-art special procedures room. In a few weeks, SJMC will open a Breast Health Center. Early next year, the campus will welcome a satellite location of the University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center, as well as the completion of a renovated entrance and front lobby.

"Mr. Young brings to St. John Medical Center more than 25 years of experience in the health care industry," said Thomas F. Zenty III, Chief Executive Officer, UH. "His wealth of leadership ability has demonstrated outstanding strategic planning that has produced exemplary results throughout his career. Young will be a tremendous asset to St. John Medical Center, and will strengthen its position as the health care leader on Cleveland's west side."

Prior to his appointment as President and CEO of SJMC, Young spent more than five years as Chief Operating Officer for South Pointe and Marymount hospitals. Before coming to Cleveland, Young worked at Humility of Mary Health Partners where he served four years as President of St. Joseph Health Center in Warren. There, Young had oversight of a $19-million construction project which included replacement and expansion of operating suites, expanded ancillary service areas and increased patient bed capacity. In addition, he implemented plans that increased patient volume in the emergency room, and oversaw the effort to achieve Level III trauma status.

"We are pleased that Mr. Young will serve in this critical leadership role for St. John Medical Center," said Sister Judith Ann Karam, CSA, President and CEO, Sisters of Charity Health System. "With proven leadership and operational skills, Mr. Young will be integral to ensuring the growth and expansion of St. John Medical Center," Karam said. She added, "With his extensive background and dedication to Catholic health care, I am confident he will continue to fulfill our faith-based mission, support the provision of high quality patient-centered care in service to the community and prepare the medical center for the future of health care."

Young earned a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Toledo and a Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio Northern University. Young is a graduate of the Catholic Healthcare Partners Leadership Academy. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and Healthcare Executives Association of Northeast Ohio. Young currently serves as a board member for Catholic Charities Health and Human Services, American Red Cross Northern Ohio Blood Services Region, Warrensville Heights Area Chamber of Commerce and Harvard Community Services Center.

"I am honored to accept the position as President and CEO of St. John Medical Center," said Young. "The medical center has an outstanding reputation and a strong future. I look forward to working with its first-rate and dedicated team of physicians, employees and volunteers to further solidify its leadership position on Cleveland's west side, and provide the surrounding communities with the high-quality, technologically advanced health care it deserves."

About St. John Medical Center

Co-owned by the Sisters of Charity Health System and University Hospitals, St. John Medical Center is a Catholic health care provider. The medical center is recognized for outstanding centers of excellence such as Emergency Services, Orthopedics, Pain Management, Women’s and Children’s Services and Cardiovascular Services, as well as unique services such as its Kidney Stone Center, Holistic Birthing Center and Balance Center. Recognized by several national organizations as one of the country's best community hospitals, the medical center continues to expand its role as a leading provider of health care in northeastern Ohio. St. John Medical Center is currently in the midst of a five-year, $100 million strategic plan to include hospital-wide modernization and expansion. The plan will also align the medical center more closely with University Hospitals' prestigious centers of excellence and institutes.

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 founding in 1851, continues a faith-based legacy of high-quality, compassionate care in partnership with its co-ministers, who are 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 grant-making 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 eldercare 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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About University Hospitals

University Hospitals serves the needs of patients through an integrated network of hospitals, outpatient centers and primary care physicians.  At the core of our health system is University Hospitals Case Medical Center.  The primary affiliate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, University Hospitals Case Medical Center is home to some of the most prestigious clinical and research centers of excellence in the nation and the world, including cancer, pediatrics, women's health, orthopedics and spine, radiology and radiation oncology, neurosurgery and neuroscience, cardiology and cardiovascular surgery, organ transplantation and human genetics. Its main campus includes the internationally celebrated UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, ranked among the top children’s hospitals in the nation; UH MacDonald Women's Hospital, Ohio's only hospital for women; and UH Seidman Cancer Center, part of the NCI-designated Case Comprehensive Cancer Center. For more information, go to

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