Per­sichilli re­tir­ing from CHE Trin­ity

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Who: Ju­dith Per­sichilli

Re­tir­ing from: CHE Trin­ity Health, Livo­nia, Mich., as of May 1. Per­sichilli was named pres­i­dent emer­i­tus and spe­cial ad­viser to the Catholic health­care sys­tem in Novem­ber 2013 af­ter serv­ing as its in­terim CEO be­gin­ning last May. As pres­i­dent and CEO of Catholic Health East from 2010 to 2013, Per­sichilli led the merger of CHE with Trin­ity Health.

Pre­vi­ous roles: Per­sichilli has spent her en­tire four-decade ca­reer in Catholic health­care. Be­fore be­ing pro­moted to CEO in 2010, she served as CHE’s ex­ec­u­tive VP and COO, and ex­ec­u­tive VP of acute care. She also spent eight years as CEO of CHE-mem­ber St. Fran­cis Med­i­cal Cen­ter, Tren­ton, N.J., where she be­gan her ca­reer as a nurse.

Bias to­ward clin­i­cal back­ground: “I feel strongly that lead­ers with clin­i­cal back­grounds have the req­ui­site skills to re­form a health­care sys­tem safely… I have a bias about lead­ers with clin­i­cal back­grounds be­cause it’s helped shape de­ci­sions I’ve made about my ca­reer and de­ci­sions I’ve made as a leader.”

Lessons on lis­ten­ing: “This is a great time to be in­no­va­tive and cre­ative in how we take care of com­mu­ni­ties. Al­ways think first of what you can do to make the com­mu­nity bet­ter, and get out­side of your com­fort zone. But while you’re do­ing it, close your mouth and open up your ears. We need to lis­ten bet­ter in health­care.”

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