SJHS Names Sister Rosemary Smith as New Board of Trustees Chairperson

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smithrosemary360PATERSON, NJ [FEBRUARY 24, 2009]- Sister Rosemary Smith, S.C., has been selected as the new Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of St. Joseph's Healthcare System in Paterson, NJ.


"It is an honor to lead St. Joseph's Healthcare System during such an exciting period in our organization's history and this challenging economic time," said Sister Rosemary Smith, S.C., Chairperson of St. Joseph's Healthcare System's Board of Trustees. "St. Joseph's is an organization with a proud 145-year tradition of service excellence that is experiencing tremendous progress. I look forward to working with the St. Joseph's Board and the Healthcare System family in the years ahead."


Sister Rosemary Smith, a Sister of Charity, 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.


Sister Rosemary succeeds Sister Jacqueline Burns, S.C., who retired as Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of St. Joseph's Healthcare System, a position she held for nearly a decade. Sister Jacqueline is recognized as a dynamic leader who spearheaded the integration, redirection and revitalization of the Healthcare System.


For more information about the broad spectrum of advanced services available at St. Joseph's Healthcare System, visit www.StJosephsHealth.org or call 877.757.SJHS (7547).


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