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Sister Rosemary SmithSister Rosemary Smith

Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth

Chairperson of the Board of Trustees

Sister Rosemary Smith, a Sister of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, currently serves as Assistant General Superior of her Congregation. Prior to this, from 2001 - 2007, she was Senior Vice President for Sponsorship with the Bon Secours Health System, Marriottsville, Maryland. Sister Rosemary has also been an adjunct professor of canon law; a judge in diocesan and interdiocesan tribunals and director of the diocesan tribunal; Vicar for Religious; canonical consultant to religious institutes, and has held various leadership positions in her religious congregation. She has published numerous articles in the field of canon law and is co-author of the interdisciplinary study, Women and Jurisdiction: An Unfolding Reality and co-editor of the recent Sponsorship in the US Context: Theory and Praxis.

Sister Rosemary holds a BA in mathematics, an MA in English literature and a doctorate in canon law.




William A. McDonald

President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Bill McDonald

 William A. "Bill" McDonald was named Interim Chief Executive Officer of St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, the flagship of the St. Joseph's Healthcare System, Inc. in May 2004. He was subsequently named President and CEO of St. Joseph's Healthcare System, Inc, on September 15, 2006 and brings more than 20 years of expertise in executive level healthcare management to his position at St. Joseph's.

Mr. McDonald received his undergraduate degree in Administration of Justice/Criminology from the University of Pittsburgh and his Masters in Healthcare Administration from Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas.

His background includes various hospital CEO positions such as in a thirteen hospital system in Oklahoma organized around a clinical integrated model as well as CEO positions in major healthcare organizations such as Hermann Hospital, Houston, Texas, Miami Children's Hospital, Miami, FL, and the University of Texas Medical Schools Hospital in Dallas, Texas.


Understanding St. Joseph's ability to contribute to the global delivery of educational and clinical telemedicine services, Mr. McDonald has fostered innovative partnerships with Medical Missions for Children, located on St. Joseph's Paterson campus, and clinical collaborations with tier one facilities such as St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis and Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. With basic facilities improvements conducted during the first four years of Mr. McDonald's tenure, St. Joseph's Healthcare System is investing $250 million in major renovation and expansion projects to meet the growing demand for inpatient and outpatient services at both hospital campuses.


He currently is chair of the New Jersey Council of Teaching Hospitals and is active in activities including those influencing the charity care needs of the community in New Jersey.

Mr. McDonald was recently honored by Operation Link-Up, an organization dedicated to guiding Paterson teens to focus on life goals while advancing their education.



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