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The Univer­sity of Ver­mont Med­i­cal

Mary Cen­ter in Burling­ton has ap­pointed Kate Fitz­patrick as its next chief nurs­ing of­fi­cer.

Fitz­patrick, 51, will be­gin her new role in Septem­ber and will also serve as a clin­i­cal as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor at the UVM Col­lege of Nurs­ing and Health Sciences. She will take the ti­tle from

Eileen in­terim CNO Whalen, also the hos­pi­tal’s pres­i­dent and COO, fol­low­ing a six-month na­tional search.

Be­fore join­ing UVM, Fitz­patrick was clin­i­cal di­rec­tor for neu­ro­sciences, women’s health and neona­tal nurs­ing at the Hos­pi­tal of the Univer­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia in Philadelphia. She also served as trauma sys­tem co­or­di­na­tor for Delaware’s public health di­vi­sion and serves as an in­ter­na­tional con­sul­tant for trauma and emer­gen­cy­care providers.

Les­lie Hirsch has been ap­pointed pres­i­dent of St. Peter’s Healthcare Sys­tem in New Brunswick, N.J.

Hirsch, 62, will as­sume his new role Aug. 24, join­ing the health sys­tem af­ter serv­ing as pres­i­dent and CEO of St. Clare’s Health Sys­tem in Denville, N.J., for seven years.

The pres­i­dent’s po­si­tion at St. Peter’s is sep­a­rate from CEO Ron­ald Rak’s role and was cre­ated last year at Rak’s re­quest. Hirsch will re­port to Rak and be re­spon­si­ble for the daily man­age­ment of the sys­tem.

Hirsch has spent much of his ca­reer in faith-based sys­tems, lead­ing St. Joseph Hos­pi­tal in Den­ver and the Touro In­fir­mary, a Jewish hos­pi­tal in New Or­leans. He also served as ex­ec­u­tive VP and COO of Cooper Health Sys­tem in Cam­den, N.J., be­fore be­com­ing that sys­tem’s pres­i­dent and CEO.

Hirsch also serves as chair­man of the New Jersey Hos­pi­tal As­so­ci­a­tion Board of Trustees.



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