Catholic Health Names Bergmann to Dual Sisters/St. Joseph Role

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November 18, 2008

Catholic Health is pleased to announce the appointment of Peter U. Bergmann, FACHE, President and CEO of Sisters of Charity Hospital, to the dual post of President and CEO of both Sisters Hospital and St. Joseph Hospital, effective January 1, 2009.

This latest announcement is part of the health system’s ongoing efforts to consolidate services at Sisters and St. Joseph hospitals. St. Joseph had been slated for closure following the release of New York State’s Healthcare Facilities in the 21st Century Report, also known as the Berger Commission, but the decision was later overturned after the State agreed to keep the Cheektowaga hospital open as part of Sisters Hospital.

“With Peter’s appointment, the critical work of re-organizing the administrative and operational structure of the two campuses will accelerate quickly, keeping us on track for the complex work which must be completed by the State’s deadline of April 1, 2009, when St. Joseph Hospital becomes Sisters of Charity Hospital, St. Joseph Campus,” said Joseph McDonald, president and CEO of Catholic Health. “We are excited about the future of the new two-campus organization of Sisters of Charity Hospital under Peter’s leadership.”

Jim Millard, president and CEO of St. Joseph Hospital, will assist Bergmann in managing a smooth transition at the Cheektowaga hospital. “We will be looking at evolving opportunities for Jim within Catholic Health beyond January 1,” said Mark A. Sullivan, executive vice president and COO of Catholic Health and head of the Sisters/St. Joseph transition initiative. “We thank Jim for his commitment and leadership during these challenging times.”

A Western New York native, Bergmann has been President and CEO of Sisters Hospital since September, 2006. Prior to joining Sisters Hospital, he was President/CEO of Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Pottsville, PA. He also served as Assistant CEO/COO for Berwick Hospital Center in Berwick, PA, and held various leadership roles for Health Management Associates, Inc. based in Lancaster, PA.

Bergmann has a master’s degree in Health Administration from Cornell University and a bachelor’s degree in Health Planning and Management from Alfred University. He recently earned his Fellowship in the American College of Healthcare Executives, the nation’s leading professional society for health care leaders.

“My parents were both local physicians and my mother worked at St. Joseph hospital for over 20 years. I am honored to assume the leadership of both St. Joseph and Sisters hospitals,” Bergmann said. “The coming together of these two fine organizations is a wonderful opportunity to build on the strengths of each hospital to bring the best quality healthcare to the patients we serve in Western New York.”