Hospital foundation names new chairperson, board member
01 / 23 / 2006
Maria Nelson, Media Relations
Affinity Health System
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APPLETON, Wis. – Ralph O. Kennedy II has been named chairperson for the St. Elizabeth Hospital Community Foundation.
Kennedy, who joined the board in 2002, is vice president of Private Banking at Johnson Bank, Appleton. Kennedy replaces Mary Beth Fowler, who completed serving her three-year term. “I’m excited to be leading the St. Elizabeth Hospital Community Foundation as we continue to expand our service area into the Fox Cities, and begin work on a capital campaign for
Matt Vanden Boom, vice president of LPL Financial, Appleton, was elected vice chair for a one-year term.
Additionally, Michael Ariens, chairman of Ariens Co., Brillion, was elected to a three-year term on the board. Ariens, a Brillion native, also serves on the board of directors for Calumet Medical Center, Chilton, the Calumet Area Community Health Foundation, Inc., the Board of Trustees for St. Mary of the Woods College, Indiana, the finance council and the corporation board of the Diocese of Green Bay, and the Catholic Foundation of Green Bay.
The St. Elizabeth Hospital Community Foundation, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, is dedicated to living out the healing ministry of Christ with a special emphasis on those in need, by generating, stewarding and distributing funds to enhance the quality of Affinity Health System’s services and programs, and other community health care initiatives.
For the Editor:
Affinity Health System, a faith-based regional health care network, is the Fox Valley’s second-largest employer, according to the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce & Industry. For the fourth consecutive year, Affinity has been named one of the nation’s top 64 health systems based on clinical performance according to Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of health care. For ten consecutive years, Affinity Health System has been named to the SDI (formerly Verispan) Integrated Health Network Top 100, an annual assessment of the 100 most highly integrated health care networks in the nation. Both St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton and Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh rank among the top 1 percent of hospitals nationwide in terms of quality and efficiency, as determined by the 2007 Premier | CareScience Select practice National Quality Award. Members of Affinity include Mercy Medical Center and Mercy Health Foundation, Oshkosh; St. Elizabeth Hospital and the St. Elizabeth Hospital Foundation, Appleton; Affinity Medical Group, a regional network of 25 family practice and specialty clinics – 22 of which are recognized as NCQA Level III medical homes, the highest level of recognition – in 14 communities; Calumet Medical Center, Chilton; and Affinity Occupational Health.