Veteran leaders of Catholic health care retire

By Daniel P. Smith – Contributor, Catholic New World Newspaper

Two icons of local Catholic health care are leaving their longtime leadership posts.

Sister Sheila Lyne, who served as president and CEO at Mercy Hospital & Medical Center, 2525 S Michigan Ave., for 27 years over two separate stints, announced her retirement in December, while Sister Elizabeth Van Straten, a Religious Hospitaller of St. Joseph, departed her position as president and CEO of St. Bernard Hospital, 326 West 64th Street, on Jan. 1.

Father William Grogan, the archdiocese’s vicar for health care, credited both Lyne and Van Straten for shepherding their respective hospitals through challenging times.

“These are two highly competent individuals who built on the foundations of their predecessors, but also gained the experience and insights to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with other health care administrators and industry personnel,” Grogan said.

He also praised both religious leaders for maintaining each institution’s caring mission and their dynamic involvement in health care policymaking, particularly for the non-insured and underinsured.

“Both of these hospitals cared for people that others walked away from and did this out of service to God,” Grogan said. “The religious commitment of both of these women allowed others to see Christ in action.”

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Physical Therapy Offers New Treatment

Assisted by Mel Bibay (left) and Carolyn Brooks of the Physical Medicine Department, St. Bernard Hospital CEO, Charles Holland (seated), tries out the new NuStep T5xr. Now available as part of the Hospital’s comprehensive physical medicine services, the T5xr is a useful complement to the other physical therapy services offered at St. Bernard.

A recumbent cross trainer, the T5xr is the latest innovation in cardiovascular and strength fitness equipment. It features a smooth stepping motion to simulate a natural walking pattern while simultaneously moving the arms.