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Kevin E. Lofton Selected as President and Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Health Initiatives.

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DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 24, 2003

Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) Board of Stewardship Trustees has appointed Kevin E. Lofton, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Patricia A. Cahill, who will retire on July 31, 2003. Lofton, currently Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Catholic Health Initiatives, will assume his new role on August 1, 2003.

The Board of Stewardship Trustees recognizes the many contributions Lofton has made to Catholic Health Initiatives since he joined the organization in 1998. In announcing the appointment, Maryanna Coyle, SC, Chair, CHI Board of Stewardship Trustees stated: "Catholic Health Initiatives is fortunate to have an exceptional leader who has earned the professional and personal respect of his colleagues throughout the organization and throughout the healthcare industry. Kevin's depth of knowledge and understanding of healthcare, his outstanding leadership and his commitment to the healthcare ministry are exemplary."

The Board evaluated both internal and external candidates for the president and chief executive officer position, and believes that Lofton possesses the leadership skills and vision to affirm the vitality of Catholic Health Initiatives and guide it forward through the challenges and opportunities of the healthcare environment.

Lofton joined Catholic Health Initiatives in 1998 as the president of the former Southeast Region. In July of that year, he was named Louisville Group President. He was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in 1999 and was also appointed as Executive Vice President in 2000.

Prior to joining Catholic Health Initiatives, Lofton was the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the University of Alabama Hospital in Birmingham, a 908-bed university teaching hospital. Lofton has also served as the Chief Executive Officer of Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C., and Chief Operating Officer at the University Medical Center, urban campus of the University of Florida Health Science Center in Jacksonville, Florida.

Currently, Lofton is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Hospital Association and a member of the AHA Executive Committee. He also serves on the Diversity Committee and is a former member of the nominating committee of the Catholic Health Association. Lofton is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and currently serves on the ACHE Leadership Advisory Committee. He is a past president of the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE). Lofton has received many awards, including the NAHSE Senior Level Executive of the Year Award in 2000 and the Robert S. Hudgens Memorial Award as "Young Healthcare Executive of the Year" in 1993 from the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Lofton received a master of health administration degree from Georgia State University in Atlanta and a Bachelor of Science degree in management from Boston University.

Lofton is married to Maude Brown Lofton, MD, a pediatrician and child development specialist. They have two children, Kevin, 18, and Johanna, 16.

Catholic Health Initiatives is a national not-for-profit healthcare organization comprised of 68 hospitals, 43 long-term care, assisted and independent living and residential facilities, and six-community health services organizations located in 19 states. Catholic Health Initiatives represents more than 67,000 employees and consolidated annual operating revenues of $5.9 billion. Headquartered in Denver, Co., it is one of the largest Catholic health systems in the United States.
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