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January 6, 2009


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Amy B. Hill, APR, 717-238-9613 or

HARRISBURG (Jan. 4) - C. Angela Bontempo, President and CEO of St. Vincent Health System in Erie, Pa., begins a new term as chairperson of the Pennsylvania Catholic Health Association (PCHA). Prior to her election as chair, Bontempo served as vice-chairperson and as a member of the PCHA Board of Directors. "Ms. Bontempo brings her zeal for Catholic health care and strong enthusiasm to PCHA," said PCHA President Sister Clare Christi Schiefer, OSF. "We look forward to her leadership in this key role for the Association.

Greg T. Wozniak, President and CEO of St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne, Pa., will serve as the vice-chairperson; Sister Joanne Bednar, SCC, Board Chair, Susquehanna Health, Divine Providence Hospital/Muncy Valley Hospital, Williamsport, Pa. will be secretary; and John R. Morahan, President and CEO of St. Joseph Regional Health Network in Reading, Pa., will be treasurer. Carol J. Quinn, President and CEO of Mercy Home Health Services in Springfield, Pa, is the past-chairperson. Other members include:

- Neil G. Armstrong, Senior VP/COO, Susquehanna Health System, Williamsport, Pa.
- Michelle A. Bieszczad, Administrator, St. John Neumann Nursing Home, Philadelphia, Pa.
- Christina Fitz-Patrick, President and CEO, Nazareth Hospital, Philadelphia, Pa.
- Sister Romaine Niemeyer, SCC, President/CEO, Holy Spirit Health System, Camp Hill, Pa.
- Mary F. Turnbaugh, President, St. Anne's Retirement Community, Columbia, Pa.
- Judith A. Persichilli, Executive Vice President, Acute Care Division, Catholic Health East, Newtown Square, Pa.
- Mary Theresa Vautrinot, President and CEO, Marian Community Hospital, Carbondale, Pa.
- Sister Kathryn Clauss, IHM, Member, Leadership Team, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Scranton, Pa.

PCHA is indeed blessed to have such qualified and committed members serving the interest of the Catholic health ministry and the Church in Pennsylvania."

PCHA, an associate of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference (PCC), is a statewide organization of Catholic hospitals, long-term care facilities, numerous multi-facility health systems and other related health care entities, sponsoring religious congregations and dioceses. The association provides support for the Catholic health ministry through Gospel witness in advocacy, communication, education and united action. PCHA makes policy recommendations to the PCC.

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Donna Farrell
Director for Communications

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