Health Services Graduate Named President and CEO of Franciscan Services Corporation
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 22, 2010
James W. Pope Named President and CEO of Franciscan Services Corporation
Sylvania, OH – Sister Diana Lynn Eckel, OSF, Congregational Minister of the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania, Ohio, and John J. Hall, MD, Chairperson of the Franciscan Services Corporation (FSC) Board of Trustees, have announced the appointment of James W. Pope, FACHE, as the new President and CEO of Franciscan Services Corporation. On August 23, 2010, Mr. Pope will succeed John W. O’Connell, FACHE, who held the position for twenty-six years and is retiring. Franciscan Services Corporation is the health and human services ministry of the Sisters.
A native Ohioan, Mr. Pope has more than thirty-two years experience in the healthcare field. Before joining FSC, he held the position of regional president for the Southwest Region of Summa Health System, one of the largest integrated delivery systems in Ohio. In 2007, he was instrumental in leading the merger of SummaBarbertonHospital with Wadsworth-RittmanHospital, and became president of the consolidated facilities in 2008. Summa Health System, which operates 1,800 beds and has over 10,000 employees, includes six hospitals, four community health centers, and insurance company, an employee physician group and a foundation. Mr. Pope’s extensive experience at the CEO level also encompassed leadership positions held at healthcare facilities throughout the Midwest including St. VincentFrankfortHospital in Indiana, ProvenaUnitedSamaritansMedicalCenter in Illinois, NortonSpringViewHospital and Manor in Kentucky, and OrangeCountyHospital in Indiana.
Mr. Pope holds a Master of Science Degree in Hospital & Health Administration from XavierUniversity in Cincinnati, Ohio, and a Bachelor or Science Degree in Management/Health Care from ParkCollege, Wright Patterson AFB, also in Ohio. He is a Fellow of the AmericanCollege of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and was recognized as their 1997 “Young Healthcare Executive of the Year” for the southern Indiana region. Mr. Pope also serves on the Ohio Hospital Association’s Committee on Advocacy and Policy as well as on several local and regional community organizations.
As President of Franciscan Services Corporation, Mr. Pope will be responsible for the operation and growth of the Sisters’ health and human services ministry. The FSC System, with member organizations in Ohio, Texas and Kentucky, currently includes five hospitals, seven long-term care facilities, four assisted living facilities, independent senior housing, a counseling center, and a long-term shelter for victims of domestic violence. When informed of his appointment, Mr. Pope stated: "I am truly honored to have been chosen to lead Franciscan Services Corporation. My wife Mary and I look forward to becoming more deeply involved with such a values based organization."