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Bon Secours Names New CEO to Lead Bon Secours St. Mary’s

Toni Ardabell to oversee 391-bed Richmond hospital campus

RICHMOND, Va. (Jan. 26, 2009) – Bon Secours Richmond Health System today announced the appointment of Toni R. Ardabell as chief executive officer for Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital, effective March 23. Ardabell comes to Bon Secours from Inova Fairfax Hospital in Northern Virginia, where she served in key executive roles for the nationally recognized health system since 1989.

“Toni is one of the most capable leaders I have come across who understands a mission-driven health system,” said Peter J. Bernard, senior vice president and CEO of Bon Secours Virginia. “At a time when Bon Secours Virginia’s goal is to be the best health system in the Mid-Atlantic region, it is important to have leadership that lends itself to relationship building and a realization that the culture of Bon Secours is what makes us successful. Toni embodies those characteristics and we look forward to her arrival.”

Ardabell’s career spans more than 33 years in key leadership positions, hospital operations and nursing management. Most recently, she served as vice president for the Inova Fairfax 2015 Capital Improvement Program, where she led project management for the largest building project in the health system’s history, including design, construction and overall integration of the $1.2 billion, 900,000 square-foot state-of-the-art medical-care facility. Prior to that, she served as the chief operating officer for Inova Fairfax Hospital. Prior management roles also include chief operating officer for Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children and Inova Fairfax Hospital Women’s Center.

“It’s important to have strong leadership, and equally important to have values that are compatible with the mission of Bon Secours,” said Sr. Anne Marie Mack, senior vice president for sponsorship for Bon Secours. “With Toni we have both an excellent leader and a person of compassion. She is a perfect fit for what we are trying to accomplish for St. Mary’s and our community.”

Ardabell’s appointment is a result of a national search. She succeeds Michael K. Kerner, who in July was appointed CEO of Bon Secours Hampton Roads, following the integration of Bon Secours Richmond and Hampton Roads to form Bon Secours Virginia.

Ardabell earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Pennsylvania State University, in 1976; a Master of Science in Nursing and Cardiovascular Nursing, Management Role from Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., in 1986; and a Masters in Business Administration from Marymount University, Arlington, Virginia, in 1992.

Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital has served patients in Richmond since 1966 and is recognized nationally as a leading healthcare institution. In the past year, the hospital has been honored by the Joint Commission for cardiac services as being one of only 10 programs in the United States, and the only hospital in the Mid-Atlantic region for disease-specific cardiac services. In the past month, Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital received Magnet® status from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), an honor achieved by only five percent of the nation’s healthcare organizations.

In addition to the 391-bed St. Mary’s Hospital, the not-for-profit Bon Secours Richmond Health System has three other hospitals in the Richmond area – Memorial Regional Medical Center, Richmond Community and St. Francis Medical Center. In addition, more than 38 physician practice groups comprise Bon Secours Physicans which also includes home health, assisted living and Hospice.

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