CEO Joseph Swedish: Leading Trinity Health Through a Major Merger

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Joseph R. Swedish has served as president and CEO of Trinity Health in Livonia, Mich., since December 2005. Mr. Swedish has more than 26 years of experience as a healthcare CEO and has been in healthcare for about 40 years.

Mr. Swedish is currently leading Trinity through one of its biggest changes: unifying with Catholic Health East in Newtown Square, Penn. The two systems signed a letter of intent to merge in October 2012. "To serve people best in today's healthcare environment, health systems must have ready access to resources and ideas across the broad spectrum of care, and this consolidation would help us achieve that goal with an exceptional national network," Mr. Swedish said in a statement. "This is a wonderful opportunity for both ministries to build upon our common mission."

Besides overseeing the merger, Mr. Swedish is involved in other healthcare organizations. He is currently serving as the chair of the Catholic Health Association board of trustees and has been a CHA trustee since 2006. He has also served on the board of Loyola University Chicago, the National Quality Forum and the Health Care Education Trust. Additionally, Mr. Swedish serves the American Hospital Association as the chairman-elect of the 2013 Health Care Systems Governing Council.

Mr. Swedish has been nationally recognized for his healthcare leadership prowess. He has received the University Medal by the Board of Regents for the University of Colorado, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year–Rocky Mountain Region award and the Career Achievement Award from the American College of Healthcare Executives, among other honors. In 2012, Becker's Hospital Review named him on its 50 of the Most Powerful People in Healthcare list.

Mr. Swedish will be a speaker at the Becker's Hospital Review 4th Annual Meeting, May 9-11, in Chicago. For more information on the event, or to register, please click here.

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