Charles A. Holland, Jr. Named President/CEO of St. Bernard Hospital

   Charles A. Holland Jr.

Chicago, IL (August, 2012) – Charles A. Holland, Jr.,
vice president for Planning and Development at St. Bernard Hospital and executive director of the hospital’s non-profit Housing Development Corporation, has been named president and chief executive officer. Gregory Whitehead, chairman of St. Bernard’s Board of Trustees, made the announcement to the hospital community recently in a written statement. Mr. Holland’s tenure will begin in January 2013 following a transitional phase.

Since joining the senior leadership team of St. Bernard in 1998, Mr. Holland, 57, has been instrumental in helping to build the stature of the hospital as an institutional community development leader. He led the work on Bernard Place, the Englewood hospital’s affordable housing project, which won the prestigious Richard H. Driehaus Award for Outstanding Nonprofit Neighborhood Real Estate Project in 2004. And guided the development of pivotal programs for which he raised more than $4 million, namely, the Pediatric Mobile Health Unit and The Dental Center. As the leader of St. Bernard’s strategic planning efforts, Mr. Holland is the point person for the development of the hospital’s ambitious Facility Master Plan.

Mr. Holland succeeds Sister Elizabeth Van Straten, a member of the religious congregation of women known as the Religious Hospitallers of Saint Joseph (R.H.S.J.), who is retiring after 34 years of service. Sister Elizabeth, a graduate of DePaul University, joined the hospital in 1978 and became its president and CEO in 1992. Through her leadership, the hospital is financially strong and well positioned for its next phase.

“Sister Elizabeth has helped bring about powerful change that responded to the health and social needs of this community, whether it was physical or mental healthcare or a concern for safe affordable housing for the community,” said Chairman Whitehead.

“For the past 34 years, St. Bernard Hospital has been my home,” said Sister Elizabeth. “I’ve always looked upon my tenure here as a privilege to have guided and guarded the hospital’s mission as a caring, healing institution,” she added. “I leave here with the confidence that in Chuck Holland, we have selected a leader and a visionary to continue our mission.”

Prior to joining St. Bernard, Mr. Holland worked in a variety of managerial capacities, with expertise in strategic planning, communications, fundraising and business. He brings experience from the non-profit and for-profit sectors including the Archdiocese of Chicago (under Joseph Cardinal Bernardin), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, The Field Museum, Montgomery Ward & Co. and the Montgomery Ward Foundation, and a Boston health planning council.

“My career path has always been set by how I am called to service,” said Mr. Holland. “Working with the professional staff of St. Bernard and with many members of the Englewood community has afforded me the opportunity to broaden my horizons. I am excited to expand my work meeting the healthcare and development needs of the community.”

Speaking on behalf of the St. Bernard Hospital Board of Trustees, Chairman Whitehead stated, “Since Chuck Holland’s arrival at St. Bernard, he has displayed leadership and accountability in the breadth and depth of the work he has provided to the hospital and the Englewood community.  We are excited about working with him in his role as president/CEO as the hospital continues in its faith-based mission of community service.”

Mr. Holland earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology and social work from the University of Akron, and Master of Arts degrees in social service administration from the University of Chicago and in health law from Loyola University – Chicago. In 2011 he completed the Ministerial Leadership Preparation Program of the Francis Cardinal George Center for Ministerial Development, a program designed to prepare lay leaders to assume leadership of Catholic healthcare organizations.

Durbin Recognizes St. Bernard

Recently Sen. Richard Durbin, (D, IL) recognized St. Bernard Hospital for offering 150 free mammograms to Englewood women. Below is a transcript of his speech taken from the “Congressional Record” July 19, 2012.  

Mr. DURBIN. Mr. President, for the past several years much of the conversation about health care in Washington has been a war of words. Today I would like to talk about a hospital in my home State that is seeking to better the lives of the women in its community, not simply with words but with action.

This month, St. Bernard Hospital in the Englewood neighborhood in Chicago, announced it would provide 150 free mammograms for women. The mammograms will be for women who are over the age of 40 and do not have health insurance.

For those who may not know, Englewood is a neighborhood in Chicago that struggles with high levels of crime and unemployment.

The mammograms will be offered as part of the Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force’s ‘‘Screen to Live’’ initiative. The Task Force was created in 2007, after a landmark study by the Sinai Urban Health Institute found that the mortality rate from breast cancer for African American women in Chicago was 68 percent higher than white women.

That startling statistic is not unique to Chicago. According to the American Cancer Society, African American women nationally have the lowest survival rate from breast cancer of any racial or ethnic group. Not surprisingly, the study found poverty and a lack of health insurance are also associated with lower breast cancer survival.

It is this disparity that led St. Bernard President and CEO, Sister Elizabeth Van Straten, to offer the mammograms. St. Bernard Hospital is not a wealthy hospital. But this gift of 150 free mammograms to the community will save lives. And this partnership between St. Bernard’s and the Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force should be applauded.

This brings me to the Affordable Care Act.

The lesson to learn from St. Bernard’s effort is that preventive care matters. Because survival often hinges on early detection, the Affordable Care Act has made preventive services free. In fact 54 million Americans, including 2.4 million in Illinois have received preventive services from their insurance company at no cost. In 2011, 1.3 million people on Medicare in Illinois received free preventive services. And starting next year, States will receive an increased share from the Federal Government to cover preventive services for people on Medicaid.

This effort to bring preventive services to millions of Americans across the country will no doubt save lives.

I want to acknowledge the outstanding people at St. Bernard’s and the Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force who made this happen. I am proud to be their Senator.