Bon Secours Health System makes acting CEO permanent Carney had been in job since September

March 20, 1997|By M. William Salganik | M. William Salganik,SUN STAFF

Bon Secours Health System yesterday named Christopher M. Carney as its chief executive officer.

Carney had been acting CEO since September, and has held a variety of management positions with the Bon Secours system since 1981. He replaces John L. Fitzgerald, who resigned after a disagreement with the board about the pace of expansion.

The system more than doubled in size in less than four years, going from six hospitals with 1,167 beds in 1993 to 15 hospitals with 2,728 beds now. With annual revenues of a billion dollars, the company also has seven nursing homes, along with primary-care clinics, hospices and home health care services. It recently acquired Baltimore's Liberty Medical Center.

Home health services were how the system began -- with a group of French nuns, the Sisters of Bon Secours (French for "good help"), who were invited to Baltimore in 1881 to help care for the sick. The sisters' first hospital was Bon Secours in the 2000 block of W. Baltimore St., which opened its doors in 1919. The system is based in Marriottsville, at the U.S. Provincial House of the Sisters of Bon Secours. Its strongest concentration in Richmond, Va.

Carney could not be reached yesterday. System spokesmen said he was attending a board meeting and retreat in Charleston, S.C., where the system has a hospital.

Carney, 50, holds a master's degree in health administration and a bachelor's degree from St. Louis University. He has been vice president for the system's Virginia operations, overseeing eight acute-care hospitals and a psychiatric hospital.

Fitzgerald resigned because he "wanted to take a quantum leap for the next step, while others wanted to be more incremental," Edward Boyer, senior vice president of corporate services, said at the time.

Pub Date: 3/20/97

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