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Sisters of Charity Health System Welcomes Mark Wiedt to its Business Development Team
Date:2/24/2010

CLEVELAND, Feb. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Mark Wiedt will be joining the business development team of Sisters of Charity Health System in Cleveland, Ohio, on March 1 as vice president for Physician Services and CEO of Cuyahoga Physician Network (CPN). 

In these dual roles, Wiedt will provide system-wide leadership in the physician alignment and business development strategies of the health system, and serve as the executive leader for CPN.  He brings a proven track record in successful physician enterprises.  Most recently, Wiedt served as CEO of Premier Physician Centers, a 70-plus multi-specialty group practice in Westlake, Ohio, and one of the largest independent physician groups in Cleveland. 

"This position provided a great opportunity to apply my physician market experience and make a difference in a faith-based environment," said Wiedt. "The mission of the Sisters of Charity Health System and its support of independent physicians make this a good fit for my expertise," he said. Wiedt's wife Christie spent seven years as a nurse in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at St. Vincent before joining sister hospital St. John Medical Center where she now works in Community Outreach.

His more than 30 years of experience in healthcare and physician group practices brings a well-known leader in physician practice management to the five hospitals within the Sisters of Charity Health System. "Mark brings significant expertise in the areas of operations, budgeting, physician relations, marketing, contract negotiations and compliance," said Sister Judith Ann Karam, CSA, president and CEO of the Sisters of Charity Health System and St. Vincent Charity Medical Center. "We are looking forward to having him as an integral member of our mission-based team as we continue the vital growth of Catholic health services to the communities we serve."

During his more than 10 years at Premier, Wiedt led the organization in executing significant growth and expansion strategies that resulted in operational efficiencies and revenue growth of more than 350 percent. Premier won the Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead 100 award in five of the last six years. Previous to that post, Wiedt served in various leadership roles in hospital administration and imaging services at several area hospitals including Lakewood Hospital, where he last served as vice president of operations.

"I am so pleased to have Mark join our team," said Orlando L. Alvarez, Jr., Senior Vice President of Physician Alignment & Business Development for Sisters of Charity Health System.  "He will play a critical role in our physician engagement strategies in the Greater Cleveland market.  He has an impeccable reputation and a history of positive working relationships with the physician community."

Adnan Tahir, M.D., who previously served as the CEO of CPN will transition into the role of Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of CPN.  Dr. Tahir also serves as the CMO of St. Vincent Charity Medical Center and the Sisters of Charity Health System. Jacki Hawkins will continue in her role as Executive Director of CPN and will report to Mark Wiedt.

About the Sisters of Charity Health System

The Sisters of Charity Health System was established in 1982 as the parent corporation for the sponsored ministries of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine in Ohio and South Carolina. The Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine, since its founding in 1851, continue their faith-based legacy of high quality, compassionate care in partnership with its co-ministers who are the heart and hands of the ministry.

The Sisters of Charity Health System sponsors St. Vincent Charity Hospital in Cleveland, Mercy Medical Center in Canton, Sisters of Charity Providence Hospitals, a leading cardiovascular center in South Carolina, which includes Providence Hospital/Providence Heart Institute and Providence Hospital Northeast in Columbia, South Carolina. In a joint venture with University Hospitals of Cleveland, the Sisters of Charity Health System also sponsors St. John West Shore Hospital in Westlake, Ohio.  All are Catholic.  

The organization also oversees three grant-making foundations located in Cleveland and Canton, Ohio, and Columbia, SC. Each foundation sponsors significant community initiatives and collaborations that address causes and consequences of poverty.

Other health and human services and education-related organizations within the Sisters of Charity Health System include Cleveland's Joseph's Home, a unique residential care center for homeless men, Canton's Early Childhood Resource Center for people working in childcare in all settings; and Healthy Learners, a South Carolina health care resource for children from low-income families. The Sisters of Charity Health System also provides residential eldercare services at Regina Health Center in Richfield, Ohio, and Light of Hearts Villa in Bedford, Ohio. Light of Hearts Villa is jointly sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati.

For more information on the Sisters of Charity Health System or its individual health care and outreach ministries, visit sistersofcharityhealth.org.

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