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Todd Salnas, St. Joseph Health president in Sonoma County, honored by Catholic Health Assembly among “Tomorrow’s Leaders

06/04/2013

Catholic Health Association honors Todd Salnas, Sonoma County president of St. Joseph Health, as one of “Tomorrow’s Leaders”

(Anaheim, CA – June 3, 2013) The Catholic Health Association, during a three-day national assembly that concludes Tuesday, June 4, 2013, in Anaheim, tonight honored St. Joseph Health’s Sonoma County president, Todd Salnas, as one of 10 young leaders who will guide the Catholic health ministry in the United States in the future.

CHA President and CEO Sr. Carol Keehan conferred one of 10 “2013 Tomorrow’s Leaders” awards on Mr. Salnas, who in July 2012 was promoted to the top leadership post of St. Joseph Health’s operations in Sonoma County. (Please see June 2013 CHA photograph attached.) Sr. Keehan was joined by MedSynergies’ Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President Bill Murray, whose company sponsors the Tomorrow’s Leaders program.

The award to Mr. Salnas, 40, of Santa Rosa, honors his outstanding leadership, community service, and passionate commitment to the mission of Catholic health care. Through the Tomorrow’s Leaders program, each year the CHA honors an impressive cadre of dedicated, high-performing individuals across the country who already have demonstrated commitment to advancing the mission of Catholic health care.

“It is an honor to be recognized by the Catholic Health Association, an organization that puts such a strong emphasis on serving the community,” Mr. Salnas said after receiving the award. “I can’t help but be inspired to continue to work hard to carry out our mission.”

To read about Mr. Salnas and his nine fellow honorees, see Catholic Health World’s newly posted article: http://www.chausa.org/publications/catholic-health-world/cha-recognizes-up-and-comers-making-an-impact-on-ministry

Mr. Salnas and fellow honorees received the awards during a June 3 Monday evening banquet in Anaheim, where Catholic health executives and sponsors from 43 U.S. states gathered for their annual assembly. This year, assembly participants are convening with a focus on "Living Mission in a Changing World.”

The Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA), founded in 1915, supports the Catholic health ministry's commitment to improve the health status of communities and create quality and compassionate health care that works for everyone. The Catholic health ministry – comprised of more than 600 hospitals and 1,400 long-term care and other health facilities in all 50 states – is the nation's largest group of not-for-profit health systems and facilities that, along with their sponsoring organizations, employ more than 750,000 women and men who deliver services combining advanced technology with the Catholic caring tradition.

During the CHA Assembly, St. Joseph Health’s top executive, Deborah Proctor, was formally installed as the CHA’s chairperson for 2013-2014. Ms. Proctor serves as president and chief executive officer of St. Joseph Health, which employs Mr. Salnas and which is based in Irvine, CA. The health ministry was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange, who opened the doors of Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital on New Year’s Day, 1950.

Photo by Michael Katada
© The Catholic Health Association

President Todd Salnas of St. Joseph Health, Sonoma County (center) receives the Tomorrow's Leaders Award at the 2013 Catholic Health Assembly in Anaheim, CA, from Sr. Carol Keehan, CHA President and CEO, and Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President Bill Murray of MedSynergies.

For additional photos, see: http://www.chausa.org/newsroom/photos

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