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St. Francis Medical Center Parent Company Names CEO

The CHE Trinity Health Board of Directors announced today that Richard J. Gilfillan, M.D., former director of the federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), will be the system's new president and chief executive officer.

Dr. Gilfillan has been a leader in U.S. health care for more than 20 years, building successful organizations in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors to deliver better outcomes for people and communities. As CMMI's first director, he launched the Center in 2010 and worked quickly with payers and providers to help develop innovative models for improving patient care and reducing costs.  As chief executive at Geisinger Health Plan, he led the design of new payment systems and medical care initiatives that increased the quality of care for patients.  "The appointment of Dr. Gilfillan demonstrates the commitment of the CHE Trinity Health System to delivering innovative and cost-effective care of the highest quality; this has always been paramount to St. Francis Medical Center" said David L. Knowlton, chairman of the St. Francis Medical Center Board of Trustees. 

St. Francis Medical Center is one of 82 hospitals in the CHE Trinity Health System, the second-largest Catholic health care delivery system in the nation.   Catholic Health East and Trinity Health completed their consolidation in May 2013.  Dr. Gilfillan’s leadership and many accomplishments across the spectrum of care, including his years as a practicing physician, demonstrate he has the experience, compassion and values to lead our ministry and Catholic health care to a strong future.  He has led teams in small medical practices, in corporations and in government, and he has a reputation for fairness, candor, good humor and accessibility.  In the midst of a transforming industry, Dr. Gilfillan brings a national presence and broad perspective to help our ministry fully engage in new opportunities, tackle new challenges and fulfill our mission. 

Judy Persichilli, who has been serving as interim president and CEO of CHE Trinity since the Spring, will remain with the organization during the transition. Judy was CEO of Catholic Health East for four years and had been a member of the executive team at CHE since 2003.  Prior to that, she served as CEO of St. Francis Medical Center for eight years. St. Francis Medical Center thanks Judy for her years of service and wished her well in future endeavors.

St. Francis Medical Center, a member of Catholic Health East, is an acute care teaching hospital recently ranked by Consumer Reports in the top ten hospitals in NJ for safety and number one in Mercer County.  Most noted for its Cardiac Surgery program and the first accredited Stroke Center in the county, St. Francis features regional services including the Heart Hospital, a Regional Cancer Center, a Sleep Disorder Center and an extensive Community Outreach Program.  Partners in care include LIFE St. Francis (Living Independently For Elders) and LifeCare Physicians, PC, which includes Primary Care and Surgery throughout the region.

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