Kathy Connerton, Health System President and CEO, Our Lady of Lourdes in Binghamton, New York, is one of the distinguished members of the inaugural Board of the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation in New York. She and the other members of the Board were announced by His Eminence Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, and the eight Catholic diocesan bishops of New York State.
The foundation will result from the sale of the assets of Fidelis Care, a faith-based health plan, to for-profit Centene Corp. The new $3.2 billion foundation will provide up to $150 million annually in grants.
Named after St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, founder of the Institute of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and a tireless advocate for immigrants and children, the foundation will focus on improving the health and well-being of poor and underserved New Yorkers across all parts of the state, including immigrant and other marginalized communities, building on the historic legacy of “Mother Cabrini.” The Mother Cabrini Health Foundation will be one of the largest charitable foundations in the United States, and the largest focused solely on New York State.
“This foundation presents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to change the trajectory for a broad and diverse group of New Yorkers,” Kathy said. “It’s a true privilege to serve on the inaugural board as we work to address pressing healthcare disparities statewide.”
Kathy has led Lourdes since December 2014. She also serves as the Chair of Care Compass Network, a not-for-profit community network comprising 180 partner organizations whose mission is to improve the health and life of Medicaid members in the Southern Tier of New York.