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Wendy Hoke Joins the Sisters of Charity Health System as Communications Officer
Date:11/19/2008

CLEVELAND, Nov. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Award-winning journalist Wendy A. Hoke has joined the Sisters of Charity Health System as Communications Officer, where she will implement strategic communications efforts for the Cleveland- based organization and its 20 health and human service ministries in Ohio and South Carolina. The announcement was made by Sisters of Charity Health System President & CEO Sr. Judith Ann Karam, CSA.

"We are pleased to have Wendy Hoke join us as Communications Officer. Her significant background in journalism will be a significant contribution to our organization's efforts in media relations, internal and external communications, and other pertinent initiatives to tell the collective story of this organization," said Sr. Judith Ann Karam, CSA.

A seasoned writer and editor for nearly 20 years, Ms. Hoke spent the past five years covering education reform, personality profiles, book reviews, faith and social justice issues. Her work has appeared in various national and regional publications, including The Christian Science Monitor, The Plain Dealer, Catalyst-Ohio, The Columbus Dispatch, the Catholic Universe Bulletin and Continental magazine.

Consistently recognized for excellence in writing and reporting, this year, Ms. Hoke accepted a first place award from the Catholic Press Association for feature writing. She was also selected as a 2008 Peter Jennings Fellow for Journalism & the Constitution at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. In May, the Cleveland Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists presented her with the Distinguished Service Award for Service to the Society & Profession, the chapter's highest honor. Ms. Hoke's work with SPJ over 15 years included leadership positions at both the local and national level. Her SPJ travels have taken her as far as Seoul, South Korea, where she presented at the East Asia Journalists Forum.

Ms. Hoke spent three years following the small-school transformation of Cleveland Heights High School by reporting from inside the high school as a storyteller for KnowledgeWorks Foundation. The narrative culmination of this work was published in October 2008.

Previously, Ms. Hoke worked for three years as Managing Editor for Custom Publishing Group in Cleveland. Her responsibilities included serving as project manager on three frequency publications, including Charleston (WV) city magazine, The Leading Edge and special sections of Crain's Cleveland Business. She also edited COSE Update magazine for two years. At Avenues Publishing, LLC, Ms. Hoke was Assistant Editor for five years.

Prior to that, Ms. Hoke was a general assignment reporter for Sun Newspapers from 1990 to 1995. She covered news and people in the communities of Cleveland Heights and Shaker Heights as well as several state offices, including governor, attorney general and state representatives. She began her career in journalism reporting for the Rocky Fork Enterprise in Gahanna, Ohio.

A graduate of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, Ms. Hoke currently is a member of the American Society of Journalists & Authors. She resides in Bay Village with her husband Daniel and their three sons.

About the Sisters of Charity Health System

Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, 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. In 1999, Sisters of Charity Health System formed two Ohio not-for-profit corporations with University Hospitals to equally own and operate St. John West Shore Hospital, St. Vincent Charity Hospital, Mercy Medical Center, Cuyahoga Physician Network, West Shore Primary Care and Professional Medical Equipment. Through this equal ownership, the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine continue their legacy of high quality, compassionate care that began at the time of the founding of these organizations.

The Sisters of Charity Health System is the sole sponsor of 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. The organization also oversees three grantmaking foundations located in Cleveland and Canton, OH 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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