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DENVER, Feb. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Gary W. Susnara, president and chief executive officer of Centura Health, announced today the appointments to three key management positions for the new organization.

Named to executive positions are Richard H. McCaskill, Jr., senior vice president, South State Market Service Area; Richard C. Hale, senior vice president, Managed Care; and Edward F. Kopetsky, senior vice president and chief information officer.

Centura Health is the newly formed health care organization announced last December which includes all Sisters of Charity Health Services Colorado and PorterCare Adventist Health System facilities. Centura Health is the largest health care system in the state with revenues of $1.3 billion and more than 14,000 employees.

McCaskill, named as senior vice president, South State Market Service Area, has lived and worked in the southern Colorado area for the past three years since he assumed the position as chief executive officer of the Penrose-St. Francis Health System's Management Services Organization (MSO), Total Healthcare. For the past several years he has been involved in nationwide physician partnering activities. In his new position with Centura Health, McCaskill assumes overall responsibility for the financial performance and operations of the organization's south state facilities in Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Canon City and Florence. He will develop and operate a comprehensive continuum of care program which includes ambulatory, outpatient, acute inpatient, and elder care services throughout southern Colorado. In addition, he will develop and operate physician integration organizations to provide a partnership platform for health service delivery to people throughout the southern Colorado area, improving the health status of each community.

Hale, who was named senior vice president, Managed Care, most recently served as president of Denver's PorterCare Hospital and PorterCare Hospital-Littleton where he was responsible for strategic direction, medical staff relations and integration managed care strategy and direction of hospital day-to-day operations. Previously, he held positions as vice president for Operations and director of Human Resources at Smyrna Hospital, a 100 bed acute care hospital in Atlanta. In his new position as Centura Health vice president of Managed Care he will oversee all managed care services including contracting and support services for Centura Health facilities and physician organizations.

Kopetsky, who was named senior vice president and chief information officer, joins Centura Health from Sharp HealthCare in San Diego, Calif., where he was for more than ten years. At Sharp, a system of 7 hospitals, 18 medical clinics and 2,200 physicians, he was senior vice president of Information Systems and Facilities Development. He has also held positions in Information Systems in the Veteran's Administration. In his new position with Centura Health, Kopetsky will be responsible for integrating information systems throughout the organization and managed care network.

"These three outstanding individuals bring enormous talent and leadership to our statewide management team," said Susnara. "Our goal is to continue to grow our impact and be the health care provider and physician partner of choice for the majority of the residents of the region. I can't think of three stronger individuals to help us achieve these goals."

Centura Health facilities include: (Denver) -- Provenant St. Anthony Hospital Central, Provenant St. Anthony Hospital North, Provenant Health Service East, Provenant Senior Life/Geriatric Centers, Provenant Gardens at St. Elizabeth, PorterCare Hospital, PorterCare Hospital-Littleton, PorterCare Hospital-Avista and The Villas of Sunny Acres; (Colorado Springs) -- Penrose Community Hospital, Penrose Hospital, St. Francis Health Center, Namaste Alzheimers Center and Medalion and Medalion West; (Pueblo) -- St. Mary-Corwin Regional Medical Center and Villa Pueblo Towers; (Canon City) -- St. Thomas More Hospital and Progressive Care Center; and (Florence) -- St. Joseph Manor.
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/CONTACT: Nechie Hall or Lisa Ehrler of Centura Health, 719-473-0704/

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