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Catholic Health East Appoints Dr. Roberta Waite to Board of Directors

Newtown Square, PA, January 24, 2012 — Roberta WaiteCatholic Health East (CHE) is pleased to announce the recent appointment of Roberta Waite, EdD, APRN, CNS-BC, FAAN to its board of directors effective January, 2012.

Waite is currently associate professor of nursing and assistant dean of faculty integration and evaluation of community programs for Drexel University, College of Nursing and Health and associate faculty, Drexel University, Center for Health Equality, School of Public Health.

“Roberta’s evidence-based research experience is a wonderful asset to CHE,” said Dennis A. Fitzpatrick, chair.

“We look forward to her expertise in this turbulent yet exciting time in healthcare.”

Previously, Waite was assistant professor at Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions and has held various positions at Hahnemann University Hospital.

Waite is an accomplished author, researcher and presenter and is the recipient of many awards and honors. She is a Macy’s Faculty Scholar; a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing; and a recipient of the International Society for Psychiatric Nursing Research Award.

She is an active member in her community and is involved with numerous associations including the Association of Black Nursing Faculty, Inc.; the Attention Deficit Disorder Association and the American Nurses Association.

She earned her postdoctoral research fellowship from the University of Pennsylvania, Center for Health Disparities; her EdD with a specialization in higher education administration from Widener University; her MSN in adult psychiatric mental health nursing from the University of Pennsylvania; and her BSN from Widener University.

Dr. Waite identifies that “It is insufficient for healthcare organizations to solely focus on sound financial stability. We also need to provide a seamless approach to integrated, coordinated, quality patient health care. Furthermore, we need to be much more proactive in developing all of our strengths in interprofessional practice, which is necessary for quality patient outcomes.”

Catholic Health East (CHE) is a multi-institutional Catholic health system, co-sponsored by nine religious congregations and Hope Ministries, a Public Juridic Person within Catholic Health East. Based in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, the System provides the means to ensure the continuation of the Catholic identity and operational strength of the sponsors’ health ministries, which are located in 11 eastern states from Maine to Florida. The System includes 36 acute care hospitals, five long-term acute care hospitals, 25 freestanding and hospital-based long-term care facilities, 18 assisted living facilities, four continuing care retirement communities, nine behavioral health and rehabilitation facilities, 43 home health/hospice agencies and numerous ambulatory and community-based health services. Catholic Health East facilities employ approximately 60,000 full-time employees as partners in ministry. Catholic Health East is the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services—ranked by number of visits—in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of programs.

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Maria Iaquinto, Communications Mgr., Catholic Health East
610.492.3730 | miaquinto@che.org