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Holy Cross And Mercy Hospitals Announce Staff Promotions

John C. Johnson named to national position and new CEO and President named at local hospitals

Ft. Lauderdale, FL (PRWEB) March 24, 2010 -- After leading Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale and Mercy Hospital in Miami to the top five percent in the nation for clinical excellence, John C. Johnson has been named to a new regional position where he will assume responsibilities for more Catholic Health East (CHE) hospitals that also will enable him to remain actively involved in the growth and development of both Holy Cross and Mercy.

CHE, a multi-institutional Catholic health system located within 11 eastern states from Maine to Florida, announced today that effective May 1, 2010, Johnson would assume the post of Executive Vice President, Ministry Operation. In his new role, Johnson will be responsible for mergers and acquisitions for the CHE system, for Regional Health Corporations in the southeast including Holy Cross Hospital and Mercy Hospital, and he will work closely with CEOs throughout the system.

“I am very grateful to be able to serve the Catholic Heath East ministry in a larger context while also continuing my involvement in the community I love,” Johnson said. “The Board of Trustees of Holy Cross Hospital has conferred upon me the title of President Emeritus of Holy Cross and I will maintain an office in the Sister Innocent Conference Center at Holy Cross where I can continue to work closely with my successors here and at Mercy, the associates who have come to mean so much to me, our skilled physicians and tireless volunteers.”

Johnson has served as President and CEO of Holy Cross Hospital since 1998 and of Mercy Hospital since 2008. An active member of the community, Johnson has been recognized with the Alexis De Tocqueville Award from United Way, the Sun-Sentinel Publisher’s Community Service Award and as Leadership Broward Leader of the Year.

Reverend Monsignor Tomas Marin, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Holy Cross Hospital, announced that Holy Cross Hospital Executive Vice President and COO Patrick Taylor, M.D., MBA, has been promoted to President and CEO of Holy Cross Hospital.

Sr. Barbara Cekosh, SSJ, chairperson for the Mercy Hospital Board of Trustees, announced that Mercy Hospital COO Manuel P. Anton III, M.D., has been promoted to President and CEO of Mercy. Both are effective May 1.

Holy Cross Hospital

“John and Pat have worked hand-in-hand for some time in creating a seamless succession plan, collaborating closely on strategic issues,” Marin said. “Pat will continue with John’s vision of evolving Holy Cross from a great community hospital into a renowned teaching and research hospital without missing a beat.”

Currently, Dr. Taylor is the Executive Vice President, COO and Chief Medical Director of Holy Cross Hospital, where his primary areas of responsibility include being the physician chief executive of the Holy Cross Medical Group/HCMG (a 111 physician employed multi-specialty group), oversight for the Jim Moran Heart and Vascular Research Institute, continued development of the Centers of Excellence which include the Orthopedic Institute, Jim Moran Heart and Vascular Center, Bienes Cancer Center and responsibility for all facility operations of Holy Cross Hospital.

During his 22 years at Holy Cross, Dr. Taylor has served in increasing levels of management responsibility. He joined Holy Cross as an Emergency Physician in 1988 and quickly advanced to Medical Director of the Emergency Department in 1990 before serving as Executive Director of Medical Affairs for HCMG until 1999. While serving in these capacities, Dr. Taylor pursued formal business training/education and received an MBA. He was promoted to the role of Vice President of HCMG in May of 1999 and implemented a financial turnaround strategy for HCMG. He advanced to Senior Vice President in July 2002 and Chief Operating Officer in September 2006. He has directed strategic, quality and financial turnarounds of hospital operations.

Dr. Taylor received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame, Doctor of Medicine degree from Duke University and completed his Emergency Medicine Residency at Georgetown/George Washington/University of Maryland combined program. He subsequently completed an Executive MBA at Florida Atlantic University while actively practicing at Holy Cross. Active in the community, Dr. Taylor has served on the Board of Directors of Broward Partnership for the Homeless and Jack and Jill Children’s Center. He previously was a member of the Broward County Regional EMS Council; President of the Caducean Society of Fort Lauderdale; Leadership Broward Class XIV; American Diabetes Association; and Recipient of the 2007 Valor Award.

“It’s great to know John and I will continue to work together as we strive to better serve this community and our patients,” Dr. Taylor said. “He always told me he did not want to be one of those leaders who can’t let go and, consequently, it has been my privilege to work beside him to become intimately familiar with day-to-day operations as well as the intricacies of strategic plans for the development of the hospital.”

Mercy Hospital

“Manuel was recognized with the National Quality Award from the Florida Healthcare Coalition for his commitment to efficiency and effectiveness of medical care,” said Sr. Cekosh. “He is the ideal person to lead Mercy Hospital as we continue to make advances in clinical excellence while ensuring the best practices in medicine which will maintain Mercy Hospital’s trusted role in serving our community’s healthcare needs.”

Joining Mercy Hospital in 2001 as senior vice president and medical director, Dr. Anton was responsible for the clinical and strategic direction of the organization. In addition to traditional roles of quality, risk and medical staff management, he assumed responsibilities at various times for managed care contracting, patient financial services and business development. In 2008 he was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Mercy Hospital, while retaining prior duties, including overall operational responsibility.

Prior to Mercy Hospital, Dr. Anton served 10 years at the Orlando Regional Healthcare System (Orlando Health). He joined Orlando Health as Assistant Director of Medical Education in Internal Medicine and Director of Quality and Utilization for the Department of Medical Education which cared for the majority of admissions to the medical center. Soon thereafter he was appointed Medical Director for Orlando Regional Home Health and for managed care and was elected Chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine for the flagship 600-bed hospital. During this time, he served on numerous professional advisory committees for managed care organizations including Blue Cross, Prudential and Aetna. Upon departure from Orlando Health, he was Vice President of the managed care subsidiary, Healthchoice, in addition to his medical center related duties. In this role, he provided medical oversight and managed the network development services for a combined managed care enrollment of more than 100,000 members.

Dr. Anton earned his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Medicine degrees from Emory University. He is board certified in internal medicine having completed his residency with Boston University, where he later served as a clinical instructor. He undertook a Chief Medical Residency at Waltham Weston Hospital and Medical Center. He completed a general medicine fellowship with the Department of Veterans Affairs and undertook health policy and management courses at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Dr. Anton has worked on several State of Florida chartered committees including the Practice Parameters Advisory Committee and the Prostate Cancer Task Force. Miami Today named Dr. Anton among the “Best of Miami 2009 Role Models.” He has given numerous presentations on topics related to healthcare administration. He has been involved in several scientific publications including the oft cited “Comparison of Hospital Costs and Length of Stay Associated with General Internists and Hospitalist Physicians at a Community Hospital,” published in the American Journal of Managed Care. He serves on several nonprofit boards, including Catholic Hospice and the Agrupacion Catolica Universitaria, and volunteers on the Belen Jesuit High school Parent Advisory Council, as well as with the Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards.

“It has been my honor to serve Mercy Hospital in its important mission,” Dr. Anton said. “I am proud of the national recognition the hospital has received and look forward to continuing to work alongside John, Mercy’s world-class physicians and dedicated associates as we build on the strong foundation John has created.”

In January, both Holy Cross Hospital and Mercy Hospital were ranked in the top five percent in the nation for clinical excellence by HealthGrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings organization, to become two of only 269 hospitals in the nation to be named as a HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence™.

About Catholic Health East:
Catholic Health East is a multi-institutional Catholic health system, which is co-sponsored by 13 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 within 11 eastern states from Maine to Florida. The System includes 31 acute care facilities, 42 free-standing and hospital-based skilled nursing facilities, 21 residential facilities, three free-standing behavioral health facilities, 29 home health agencies, a managed care plan and numerous ambulatory and community based health services with more than 14,000 beds. Catholic Health East facilities employ 43,000 full time employees as partners in ministry. With combined total revenues of $4.3 billion and $5.2 billion in total assets, Catholic Health East is one of the nation´s largest Catholic health care systems. For more information visit

About Holy Cross Hospital:
Holy Cross Hospital, a recipient of the prestigious Magnet™ award for nursing excellence, HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ (2003-2008 & 2010) and HealthGrades Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2008 & 2009),was named One of America’s 50 Best Hospitals™ (2007 & 2008) by HealthGrades and One of America’s Best Hospitals for Orthopedics (2008 & 2009) by USNEWS & World Report. Broward County’s only Catholic Hospital, Holy Cross Hospital is sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy and a member of Catholic Health East. A 571-bed acute care hospital staffed by over 600 physicians, Holy Cross offers progressive services and programs to meet the evolving healthcare needs of Broward County. Since 1955, Holy Cross has taken pride in the ability to combine quality medical care and advanced technology with sincere human compassion and understanding. The hospital is fully accredited by the Joint Commission and its medical team has earned a reputation for excellence. To learn more about Holy Cross Hospital, 4725 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL, visit

About Mercy Hospital:
Mercy Hospital, a recipient of the prestigious Magnet™ award for nursing excellence, HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence Award™ (2003-2004, 2006-2010) and HealthGrades Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2007-2009), is Miami-Dade County’s only Catholic Hospital. Established in 1950, it is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of St. Augustine, Florida and a member of Catholic Health East. A 473-bed acute care hospital, staffed by over 700 physicians representing 27 medical specialties, its Centers of Excellence include: The Heart Center at Mercy Hospital, the Miami Cancer Center at Mercy Hospital, the Orthopedic Institute at Mercy Hospital, and the Minimally Invasive Surgical Institute at Mercy Hospital. Mercy Hospital is located at 3663 S. Miami Avenue, Miami, FL.


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