WARREN - The interim president at St. Joseph Health Center has been appointed to fill the post permanently, the hospital's ownership, Humility of Mary Health Partners, announced Wednesday.
Kathy Cook is replacing John Finizio who announced his retirement earlier this year. As president, Cook is responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations of the health center and all its off-site locations, HMHP spokeswoman Sally Hammel said. That includes St. Joseph Emergency and Diagnostic Center in Andover; St. Joseph Minor Emergency and Diagnostic Center on Tod Avenue, Warren; St. Joseph Urgent Care Center and St. Joseph Outpatient Surgery Center, both in Howland; and HMHP Oncology Services.
"Kathy is a great asset to HMHP," said Bob Shroder, president and CEO, HMHP, to whom Cook reports. "She has been in the role of president on an interim basis since June and has done an excellent job during this time. We look forward to her future at St. Joseph."
A statement released by the health system indicated Cook was most recently chief nursing officer at St. Elizabeth Health Center. She has been part of the HMHP system since she started as a nursing student at St. Elizabeth's School of Nursing. She has progressed through the management ranks starting as an assistant head nurse, moving to a head nurse, then a director, senior director and executive director of nursing.
In addition to her nursing diploma, Cook holds a bachelor of science in nursing from Youngstown State University and a master's in nursing administration from Gannon University. She is also a graduate of the Catholic Health Partners Leadership Academy.
She resides in Kinsman with her husband Gary. They have three adult children.
St. Joseph Health Center is a 219-bed inpatient facility located on Eastland Avenue on Warren's east side. Humility of Mary Health Partners health system is a market of Catholic Health Partners in Cincinnati, the largest health system in Ohio and one of the largest Catholic health systems in the nation.