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April 30, 2009

Therese B. Pandl Named President and CEO of the Hospital Sisters Health System Eastern Wisconsin Division

Therese B. PandlSheboygan, Wis. --The Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) today named Therese B. Pandl the President and CEO of the Hospital Sisters Health System's Eastern Wisconsin Division. The Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS), based in Springfield, IL, sponsors three hospitals in Eastern Wisconsin--St. Nicholas in Sheboygan, and St. Vincent and St. Mary's in Green Bay. The Eastern Wisconsin Division covers eleven counties in Wisconsin and upper Michigan.

Pandl, 56, is currently Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Columbia St. Mary's, a large hospital system in Milwaukee. She will be succeeding James G. Coller, who has served HSHS for over 25 years, most recently as President of the Eastern Wisconsin Division. Coller will be retiring in February, 2010, and will continue to serve HSHS as a senior advisor until that time.

The announcement was made before groups of community leaders, physicians and hospital staff at ceremonies at each of the three hospitals.

"Therese is a seasoned health care professional who has a passionate commitment to Catholic health care and our Franciscan ministries. She has a demonstrated record of commitment to mission integration, improved patient satisfaction, clinical quality and operational performance," said Stephanie S. McCutcheon, president and chief executive officer of the Hospital Sisters Health System. "We exalt the tremendous career James Coller has contributed to our ministries at St. Vincent Hospital, Green Bay, St. Mary's Hospital Health Center in Green Bay, the Eastern Wisconsin Division and Prevea Health. We are delighted that he will provide orientation and consultation for Therese and we are all excited to find a successor of Therese's caliber to continue our ministry in Eastern Wisconsin."

"I am honored to have the opportunity to coordinate the ministry of the three Catholic hospitals in Eastern Wisconsin," said Pandl. "We will, under the wisdom and guidance of our Sisters, continue to enhance our mutual planning while not sacrificing the uniqueness of each hospital's special culture and service role. Our future is very bright, and I'm delighted to be a part of it."

Pandl will assume her duties in mid-June.

Pandl earned her Master of Business Administration Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1992, and earned a Master of Nursing Degree from the University of Washington, Seattle in 1979. She was a Commonwealth Fund Nurse Executive Fellow from 1990 -- 1992. She began in healthcare after earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing in 1976. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Horizon Homecare and Hospice, the Columbia College of Nursing and the Business Advisory Council of Cardinal Stritch University. She is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, and is active in several other professional and community organizations.

St. Vincent is one of 13 hospitals in the Hospital Sisters Health System. Founded in 1888, St. Vincent is the oldest hospital in Green Bay and the largest tertiary care hospital, licensed for 547 beds. Its Centers of Excellence include the NeuroScience Center, Regional Cancer Center, Regional Pediatrics Center, Women's Services, Orthopedic Center, Heart Center and Stroke Center .

St. Mary's Hospital Medical Center, a full-service acute care hospital serving patients throughout Northeastern Wisconsin, has been named one of the "100 Top Hospitals" nationwide. Founded in 1900, its centers of excellence include A Woman's Place, the Bone & Joint Center, the Center for Digestive Health, west Green Bay Emergency services, and Family Birthing Center .

St. Nicholas Hospital is located at 3100 Superior Avenue, Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Founded in 1890, its mission and vision is to provide family-centered, compassionate care without regard for race, creed, or ability to pay. This is achieved through the core values of respect, care, competence, and joy.

The Hospital Sisters Health System is a Roman Catholic healthcare mission founded to carry on the healing ministry of Jesus Christ. Sponsored by the Hospital Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis, HSHS is dedicated to serving the poor, the sick and the needy at each of its 13 hospitals in Illinois and Wisconsin. With more than 14,800 staff members, the Hospital Sisters Health System provides state-of-the-art medical care framed in traditional values taught by St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi .

The mission of the Hospital Sisters has been carried forward for more than 130 years in the United States. The HSHS hospitals in Wisconsin are located in Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Sheboygan and Green Bay. In Illinois, the hospitals are located in Belleville, Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Highland, Litchfield, Springfield and Streator.


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