President and Chief Executive Officer
“Every hospital has a story. Ours has always been one of hope, of rejuvenation, of affirmation that people in this community and every community all deserve the same access to high quality healthcare. We are focused on seeing and treating the whole person. We exist to ensure dignity for every person. This mission, in this part of Chicago, is essential and I feel a tremendous sense of duty to help St. Bernard carry it forward for decades.”
Charles Holland is President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Bernard Hospital, a safety-net community hospital that proudly serves residents of Chicago’s South Side. Mr. Holland assumed leadership of the Hospital on January 1, 2013. He has served in various administrative roles at the hospital since 1998. He is a member of the hospital’s Board of Trustees and in May 2019 he was designated as a representative for the Congregation of the Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph with Catholic Health Partners/Catholic Health International, the sponsor of St. Bernard Hospital.
Since joining the senior leadership team of St. Bernard Hospital in 1998, Mr. Holland 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 77-home affordable housing project, which won the prestigious Richard H. Driehaus Award for Outstanding Non-profit Neighborhood Real Estate Project in 2004. He has guided the development of pivotal programs such as the Pediatric Mobile Health Unit and the St. Bernard Hospital Dental Center. As the leader of St. Bernard’s strategic planning efforts, Mr. Holland led the Senior Management Team in developing the hospital’s newly opened 70,000-square-foot state-of-the-art Ambulatory Care Center.
Mr. Holland takes an active role in the healthcare needs of Englewood. He was instrumental in developing the South Side Healthy Community Organization, a Healthcare Transformation Collaborative funded by the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services. He leads efforts in another Healthcare Transformation Collaborative to create a Center for Better Aging at St. Bernard Hospital.
Mr. Holland earned a Bachelor of Arts degree 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.