Mercy Medical Center Sioux City
Trinity Health’s Joseph R. Swedish Installed as Chair of CHA Board of Directors
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Mercy Medical Center’s parent company, Trinity Health, announced today that its President and Chief Executive Officer Joseph R. Swedish has been installed as Chairperson of the Catholic Health Association (CHA) board of trustees for fiscal year 2012-13. The ceremony, held June 3, was part of “Leadership for Healing,” the 2012 Catholic Health Assembly held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 3 to 5.

“This is good news for Mercy, for Trinity Health and for all of Catholic health care,” said Bob Peebles, President and CEO. “Joe's leadership in CHA will help strengthen Catholic health care’s voice and ensure the leadership of Trinity Health and many other systems, large and small, in national forums at a time when it is critical that our opinions, policy recommendations and positions are heard. This is a time of rapid change and opportunity in health care and Joe’s new role will help us all advance our healing missions while transforming accordingly.”

Swedish was first elected to the CHA board of trustees in 2006 and was elected to his current role last year, serving as Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect during CHA’s fiscal year 2011-12. CHA's board develops the organization’s strategic directions, ensuring CHA’s fidelity to its Mission, stewards CHA’s resources and performs other governance activities to support and strengthen the Catholic health ministry in the United States.

“I am honored to serve along side all the dedicated members of CHA,” Swedish said. “The people of CHA share a passion for continuing a Mission of love, healing and a belief that every life is a sacred gift. It is this commitment to Mission and ministry that make CHA an organization able to create remarkable solutions in response to the extraordinary challenges we face in health care.”

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.

Swedish, who has more than 38 years in health care, is recognized by CHA for his legacy of vibrant leadership and service excellence. Under his direction, Trinity Health has leveraged its scale and skill to provide efficient and effective quality care, implement innovative Health Information Technology programs and establish critical Diversity and Inclusion priorities.

Prior to joining Trinity Health in 2005, Swedish served as President and CEO of Centura Health in Colorado and, previously, held a variety of senior executive positions in both investor-owned and non-profit health care systems. His experience spans faith-based and secular health care, university and community-based academic medical centers, integrated delivery systems and regional rural referral. In addition to the CHA board, Swedish currently serves on the boards of Loyola University Chicago, the National Quality Forum, and Coventry Health Care. Swedish also serves the American Hospital Association as chairman of the Medicare Wage Index Task Force, as a member of the Health Care Systems Governing Council, and the Equity of Care Council.

For more information, contact:
Jim Wharton, VP of Marketing and Business Development
(712) 279-2732
Dianne Krier, Mercy Marketing and Communications Coordinator (712) 279-5682