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SCL Health Exec Invited to Join Prestigious Professional Society

July 24, 2014

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Brian Newsome, Director of Public Affairs

SCL Health Exec Invited to Join Prestigious Professional Society

headshotchriswoolseyDENVER (July 24, 2014) – SCL Health Senior Vice President and Chief Communications & Marketing Officer Chris Woolsey has been invited to join the prestigious Arthur W. Page Society, a professional organization composed of chief communications officers from the world’s major corporations, CEOs from the most influential PR agencies and leading academics from select business and communications schools.

Woolsey oversees corporate communications, marketing and public relations for the $2.3 billion faith-based health system, which operates eight hospitals in three states and employs roughly 14,000 people.

“SCL Health has undergone profound transformations in the past few years, from integrating two health systems to unifying our culture and expanding our services,” said SCL Health President and CEO Mike Slubowski. “Without Chris’ keen understanding of our strategic priorities and her leadership in keeping our associates and consumers informed and engaged, we would not have been successful in these endeavors.”

Woolsey earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with the intent to go to law school. A summer reporting job in Chicago, however, turned into a 20-year journalism career. Woolsey joined global PR firm Hill + Knowlton Strategies in 2005 as Senior Vice President and Director of Midwest Healthcare, and SCL Health became her primary client. She left the agency to join the health system as interim Vice President of Communications & Marketing for Exempla Healthcare, which is now fully integrated with SCL Health. Among her major accomplishments with SCL Health are creating a highly regarded corporate communications function, modernizing the organization’s digital presence and introducing a unified brand for the multi-state system.

As a member of the Page Society, Woolsey will help support the mission of strengthening the executive presence and management policy role of public relations. The society is named after Arthur W. Page, who served as vice president of public relations for the American Telephone and Telegraph Co., which later became AT&T Corp. He was the first PR executive to serve as an officer and member of the Board of Directors for a major public corporation.

“I am humbled and honored to join this esteemed group,” said Woolsey. “I am passionate about harnessing the power of strategic communications to create transformational change in business, and I look forward to the enrichment opportunities ahead.”

About SCL Health 
SCL Health is a faith-based, nonprofit healthcare organization dedicated to improving the health of the people and communities we serve, especially the poor and vulnerable. Our $2.3 billion health network aspires to provide comprehensive, coordinated care through our eight hospitals, more than 190 ambulatory service centers, home health care, hospice, mental health care, and safety-net services in three states – Colorado, Kansas and Montana. We proudly partner with other organizations to improve quality and the patient experience. SCL Health provides more than $250 million a year in community benefit. SCL Health was founded by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, who opened their first hospital in 1864. To learn more, visit www.sclhealthsystem.org.