Benedictine Health System Names Jerry Carley as President/CEO

DULUTH, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The Benedictine Health System Board of Directors has named Jerry Carley as president/CEO of Benedictine Health System effective Jan. 3, 2018. Carley replaces Rocklon B. “Rocky” Chapin who announced his retirement in March 2017.

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Jerry Carley named BHS president/CEO (Photo: BHS)

Carley, 48, is currently the president and CEO of CSJ Initiatives, Inc., located in Wichita, Kansas. CSJ Initiatives is a fully integrated senior care company that owns and manages nine corporations located in six states. He is an accomplished executive with over 25 years of experience in the senior care field with extensive governance, financial and operational oversight in multi-site, multi-state organizations.

Since 2015, he has served as a member of the BHS Board of Directors and its finance and strategy committees. Carley brings a unique perspective and knowledge of Catholic long-term care services to BHS having successfully led CSJ Initiatives in a multi-campus, $85 million restructuring and expansion process, significantly improved its financial performance, and created and implemented a strategic planning process aligning the organization.

“The Board of Directors was committed to identifying a strong leader for the Benedictine Health System and one with knowledge, experience, vision and wisdom to guide and advance the organization into the future,” said Dean Fox, M.D., chairperson of the BHS Board of Directors. “We are fortunate that Jerry meets all of those qualifications and more.”

“I am honored to have been selected by the BHS board and our Sponsors, the Benedictine Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery, to lead the Benedictine Health System. This special Ministry makes a difference in the lives of over 6,000 residents each day and I am proud to carry on and advance the future of the organization,” said Carley.

“We are delighted that Jerry has agreed to join BHS as our new president and CEO,” said Sister Beverly Raway, OSB, prioress, Benedictine Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery and Sponsor of BHS. “Jerry is fully committed to the Catholic Health Care Ministry of the Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery and the Mission and Core Values of the Benedictine Health System. It is with deep gratitude and joy that we welcome Jerry as the new president and CEO of BHS."

Carley is an experienced leader in Catholic health care. Prior to his position of president/CEO at CSJ Initiatives, he held several progressively responsible roles including chief operating officer, senior vice president and then as president and CEO at Via Christi Villages and Via Christi Health, Inc., both in Wichita, Kansas. Via Christi Villages, a division of Via Christi Health, is an integrated senior care company that provides services to over 2,000 older adults in a variety of senior living offerings. He also served as divisional director of operations for Care Initiatives, Inc., West Des Moines, Iowa, and as an administrator for the Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society, Sioux Falls, S.D.

Carley has served on the board of directors for LeadingAge Kansas, the public policy committee for LeadingAge Iowa, committees for the Iowa and Missouri Health Care Associations as well as for other professional and community associations. He holds a Master of Business Administration in financial management from City University, Bellevue, Wash., and a Bachelor of Science degree in health services administration from the University of South Dakota-Vermillion. Carley is also a licensed nursing home administrator in Iowa and Kansas.

The Benedictine Health System is a Catholic, non-profit health system based in Duluth, Minn., sponsored by the Benedictine Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery, Duluth. BHS has served the health care needs of aging adults through the services of its short-term care and rehabilitation centers, long-term care centers and assisted and independent housing in Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri, North Dakota and Wisconsin since 1985. Additional information may be found at www.bhshealth.org.

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