St. Joseph Healthcare selects new CEO

Posted July 13, 2011, at 5:31 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Covenant Health Systems and the board of directors of St. Joseph Healthcare on Wednesday announced the selection of Mary Prybylo as president and chief executive officer for St. Joseph Heathcare and St. Joseph Hospital.

Prybylo will replace longtime CEO Sister Mary Norberta. Prybylo was selected following a nationwide search, according to a statement from the hospital.

“Ms. Prybylo’s extensive health care experience in both administration and patient care services makes her the ideal person to lead St. Joseph Healthcare,” Edwin Clift, chairman of the health care organization’s board of directors, said in a statement. “Her leadership will provide new vitality and a fresh vision for the organization while honoring the legacy and the path forged by Sister Mary Norberta.”

Sister Norberta also released a statement regarding Prybylo’s selection.

“My time leading St. Joseph Healthcare has been nothing short of fantastic. I have had the privilege of helping this organization grow and change to meet the needs of our communities. And through all of this I have had the honor to work alongside the very best physicians, nurses, clinical staff and support staff members. It is my pleasure to be the first to welcome Ms. Prybylo to the organization and I know she will find the St. Joseph community to be warm and welcoming to her,” Sister Norberta said in a statement.

Prybylo comes to St. Joseph Healthcare from Waterbury Hospital Health Center in Connecticut, where she has been responsible for operations, physician partnerships and strategic initiatives that supported the delivery of patient care in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

St. Joseph Healthcare, a not-for-profit Catholic health care organization, has been a member of Covenant Health Systems since 2010. Covenant Health Systems is a not-for-profit Catholic health care system sponsoring hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living residences and other health and elder care services throughout New England.

St. Joseph Hospital, a 112-bed acute care community hospital, operates under the St. Joseph Healthcare umbrella. St. Joseph Healthcare has an operating budget of more than $80 million and employs more than 900 people who work in more than 30 departments.

Prybylo will begin her new job in early September.

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