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Lourdes Health System to Initiate Search for President/CEO, Hatala to Assume Statewide Role

(CAMDEN, N.J.) – Lourdes Health System Board of Trustees announced today that it will be initiating a national search for a new president and chief executive officer. The new president and CEO will succeed Alexander Hatala who will assume statewide duties with Catholic Health East-New Jersey. Hatala also will continue in his position as chairman of the New Jersey Hospital Association.

In a statement released by Hatala today to the Lourdes Health System staff, he said, “I have decided to transition from my role as president and CEO of Lourdes Health System so I can concentrate my efforts on the broader issues important to Catholic Health East’s operations in New Jersey, such as network development and physician alignment.”

Hatala has served the Lourdes Health System for more than 20 years, most recently, from 1998 as president and CEO. He accepted additional responsibilities with CHE in 2008 to manage the integration of Cathedral Health System’s assets in Newark into the CHE network. He recently assumed the role of NJHA chair, a one-year commitment for 2010.

“I have concluded it is best for Lourdes to have a full-time dedicated leader,” said Hatala. Hatala will remain as president and CEO of Lourdes Health System until a successor is engaged, and then he will assist his successor in the leadership transition.

Lourdes Health System is one of southern New Jersey’s leading healthcare providers. The system is comprised of Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center, a 410-bed regional referral center located in Camden, Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County, a 249-bed community hospital located in Willingboro and the Lourdes Wellness Center, the area’s heart of integrative and wholistic health services. In addition to the Lourdes facilities, the Catholic Health East – New Jersey hospitals include St. Francis Medical Center, a 238-bed regional medical center located in Trenton and Saint Michael’s Medical Center, a 357-bed regional tertiary medical center located in Newark, NJ.

The Lourdes Health System is sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, N.Y., and is a member of Catholic Health East, a health system with 34 hospitals on the East Coast.

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