Former Catholic Health Association president dies at 101

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Mercy Sister Mary Maurita Sengelaub, a nurse and former president of the Catholic Health Association of the United States, died July 6 at age 101, according to Crux, a Catholic news source.

Ms. Sengelaub in 1970 became the first woman, first woman religious and first noncleric to lead the CHA, which today includes more than 600 hospitals and 1,600 other sites of care across the U.S. During her seven years as president, Ms. Sengelaub created a leadership development program to help executives form hospital systems, established a center for healthcare technology ethics, and testified before Congress to expand healthcare coverage for the poor and underserved, according to Crux.

At age 70, Ms. Sengelaub moved across the world to help Australia set up its first Catholic health system.  

She died in Farmington Hills, Mich., at McAuley Life Center, a retirement home run by the Sisters of Mercy, according to the report.

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