Jerry Correa was St. Francis Health care CEO for 10 decades
By Patrick Downes
Hawaii Catholic Herald
Jerry J. Correa, the initial non-Franciscan to head St. Francis Healthcare System of Hawaii, who steered the group via some of its roughest decades to see his eyesight of elder treatment develop to fruition, died unexpectedly Oct. 27. He was 58.
He experienced labored for St. Francis 24 a long time, the very last 10 of individuals several years as president and chief government officer.
Bishop Larry Silva named Correa “a person who was total of love and passion” who “gave himself unselfishly to the group in Hawaii.”
He is survived by his spouse Mari-Jo, a few sons and two grandsons.
Lihue, Kauai-born Correa received his skilled start out in 1984 as an intern straight out of school functioning in details technological innovation for Outrigger Inns Hawaii.
“Outrigger was a fantastic corporation, but I just required to do a thing that experienced more of a mission,” he stated in a Hawaii Catholic Herald job interview in August. “When I read through the mission assertion of St. Francis generating wholesome communities in the spirit of Christ’s therapeutic ministry, I claimed, ‘I actually want to do this.’”
He joined St. Francis in 1998 and by 2001 was its chief facts officer. When its two hospitals — St. Francis-Liliha and St. Francis-West — turned also high priced to work, they ended up bought in 2007 to the physician-owned Hawaii Health care Centre. Correa went “with the sale” to operate for the consumers. A pair of months later, he returned to St. Francis as chief running officer.
Eventually the hospitals ended up returned to St. Francis Health care Procedure when Hawaii Professional medical Center went bankrupt, and the then-CEO of St. Francis, Sister of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities Geraldine Ching, requested Correa if he would consider succeeding her as head of the health care process.
He was reluctant to do so, sensation he was not competent to choose on these types of a major mission. But he did, with Sister Geraldine’s mentorship and persistence.
St. Francis Healthcare Center West in Ewa was sold in 2012 to The Queen’s Health Programs. At the Liliha location, soon after a whole lot of soul looking and brainstorming, the Kupuna Village emerged.
“The notion of a 1-cease store for kupuna and caregivers is just in line with what the sisters have done in the past, groundbreaking, likely someplace exactly where nobody’s long gone right before,” Correa stated.
Nowadays the Liliha campus has a competent nursing services, rehabilitation services, adult residential and memory treatment, a caregiver instruction software, wellness lessons, and centers for dialysis, cancer, eyesight, audiology, labs, and imaging. It is also the house of Hawaii Pacific Neuroscience, the largest neurology group in the condition for dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other neurological ailments.
“It’s not all owned by St. Francis. There are distinct vendors,” Correa mentioned. “And people today occur in and say, ‘It’s a really the correct time for some thing like this.’”
As CEO of St. Francis, Correa also oversaw fundraising, information and facts technology, operations, finance, development and facility providers, area and ground leases, community relations and internet marketing, sales, and govt affairs.
He served as president of St. Francis Healthcare Enterprises, a for-gain corporate entity of St. Francis Health care Method involved with business enterprise partnerships and joint ventures, together with The Most cancers Centre of Hawaii.
Correa served on the boards of St. Louis Faculty, the Healthcare Association of Hawaii, the Hawaii Catholic Convention, St. Francis Health care Enterprises, Our Girl of Kea‘au, and St. Francis Healthcare Foundation and sat on the Diocese of Honolulu’s Psychological Overall health Activity Force. He also a short while ago served on the board of regents of Chaminade University of Honolulu.
“Jerry was a guy of eyesight, who solid numerous partnerships, so that he could make the St. Francis Healthcare Process a place of authentic neighborhood collaboration,” explained Bishop Silva.
Correa attributed the success of St. Francis Health care to the affect of St. Marianne and her Sisters of St. Francis.
Quoting Franciscan Sister Davilyn Ah Chick, chair-emeritus of the St. Francis Healthcare System’s board of directors, he said, “St. Marianne’s not done however.”
Funeral services for Jerry Correa are scheduled for Dec. 6, at Sacred Heart Church, 1701 Wilder Avenue, Honolulu. Family members visitation is 8:30-9 a.m. general public visitation is 9-10 a.m. Mass is 11 a.m. burial at the Valley of the Temples is 1 p.m.
Health care program appoints Ah Ho-Mauga interim head
St. Francis Health care System, the state’s major pre- and write-up-treatment company, has named Melissa Ah Ho-Mauga interim chief govt officer. The health care system’s board of administrators unanimously voted in favor of her appointment, next the unexpected, surprising dying on Oct. 27 of Jerry Correa, president and CEO of St. Francis for the previous decade.
“Melissa was a close advisor of Jerry and has the same heart of compassion, understands the relevance of St. Francis Health care System’s mission, continually sales opportunities with integrity, and is perfectly respected by personnel at all stages inside of St. Francis,” reported Glenn Sueyoshi, chairman of the St. Francis Health care System’s board of directors, in a news launch.
Ah Ho-Mauga has been with St. Francis for just about 20 a long time and has been vice president of consumer providers since 2015. She oversees the the greater part of St. Francis Healthcare’s solutions and plans, which include hospice care, treatment coordination, grownup working day treatment, in-residence bathing and personalized treatment services, preschool, transportation, the company place of work, advertising and marketing, marketing and public relations, and creating new, grant-funded packages.
She experienced served as director of profits management from 2007 to 2015, and as director of company providers from 2004 to 2005. She holds an MBA from Chaminade University of Honolulu and a bachelor of social sciences diploma with a concentration in psychology and sociology from the College of Hawaii-West Oahu.
“I value the board’s vote of self-confidence in me. It is still hard for me to make perception of the sudden decline of Jerry, and I accept this part as a way to honor him and continue on where he still left off,” Ah Ho-Mauga said.
“Jerry experienced a large vision for the community and manufactured so much development over the past 10 several years. I experience a deep perception of obligation to have on the mission of building wholesome communities,” she mentioned. “Dedicating each individual working day to Jerry would make it a little a lot easier for all of us at St. Francis to have on.”
Blessed to get in touch with him mate
By Bishop Larry Silva
Bishop of the Diocese of Honolulu
It was a great blessing to know Jerry Correa and to be in a position to connect with him my good friend. He was a person who was whole of adore and passion, and he gave himself unselfishly to the group in Hawaii. He was the initial main executive officer of St. Francis Healthcare Process of Hawaii who was not a Franciscan Sister, but he experienced a deep appreciate and respect for the Sisters and all the superb do the job they had completed. He liked his family — his spouse Mari-Jo, three sons, daughters-in-regulation and two grandsons — and he cherished all those who ended up most in require.
Through the recent COVID-19 pandemic, when so lots of kupuna had been confined to their residences without having human speak to, he structured his personnel and volunteers to achieve out to them, and he individually visited several of the kupuna to bring them foodstuff, enterprise, and Christ’s appreciate.
Jerry was CEO at a most turbulent time for the St. Francis Healthcare Program. Its mainstay was the two acute-care hospitals, which were being 1st bought to a team of healthcare medical professionals, then returned to St. Francis when the team went bankrupt. Then the facility in Ewa was sold to the Queen’s Health care Middle, getting to be Queen’s West while the Liliha campus was reworked into a “Kupuna Village,” serving the wants of the rising amount of elderly in Hawaii. Jerry was a guy of vision, who solid quite a few partnerships, so that he could make the healthcare system a position of authentic local community collaboration.
Jerry had a excellent devotion to St. Marianne Cope, and one particular of my fondest recollections was a lunch I shared with him and his spouse in Assisi, wherever we went to honor the Sisters of St. Francis in the birthplace of their patron, just after the canonization of St. Marianne.
I thank God for Jerry, and I pray for the joyful repose of his soul and for peace for his grieving family members. I also pray that his great work will keep on to bear excellent fruit in our group for generations to come.
Making visions come about
By Glenn Sueyoshi
Chair, St. Francis Health care Program of Hawaii Board of Administrators
Jerry Correa was a single of these unique persons who saw a eyesight and encouraged other individuals to comply with him in creating that eyesight come about. Jerry’s vision was the St. Francis Kupuna Village, a campus that would provide both equally professional medical and social help products and services to seniors and make available submit-acute expert services that are desired soon after a affected individual is discharged from a health care center.
He experienced a solid motivation to the Sisters of St. Francis and the mission of St. Francis Healthcare Process of Hawaii. Jerry left us as well early, nevertheless, not in advance of making certain that the eyesight was realized. The Kupuna Village at this time gives adult residential treatment, memory care, competent nursing companies, caregiver instruction and wellness courses, care coordination, transportation expert services, and is residence to numerous other expert services that address post-acute and outpatient health-related needs. These solutions coupled with hospice, bathing, food stuff security, grownup working day treatment and intergenerational treatment (combining preschool and adult day care) assist to satisfy the mission and go on the legacy of the Sisters.
Jerry’s capability to inspire staff members, community leaders, business leaders, government organizations and vendors of support was instrumental in accomplishing the Kupuna Village eyesight and bringing to the local community significantly essential companies. Absolutely everyone that fulfilled him knew he cared and experienced a large heart and they were ready to help Jerry achieve his eyesight.
We will permanently be grateful for Jerry’s determination and accomplishments. Several men and women are found as earning a substantial distinction in people’s life. Jerry has made a important distinction in each the group and people’s lives.
Insisting on the finest
By Sister Geraldine Ching, OSF
Earlier-CEO of St. Francis Health care System of Hawaii
FEAST OF ALL SAINTS, 2022 — Everyday living as human beings can be so tricky and tough. Our religion tells us that we have been born for the subsequent earth. All through our whole life, we put together for that celestial mild, and total nicely-remaining in heavenly comfort.
To Jerry: You have arrived at that stage! You are savoring all the positive aspects of that kingdom outside of our entire world! Now you can enjoy all the goodies—no far more diets, no a lot more gout. You and your father can go on those wonderful discussions from an additional dimension.
We miss you. We overlook your amusing jokes. We miss your insistence on selected things — specifically your insistence on the Very best for your family members, on the Most effective for the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities on the Ideal for your workers, colleagues, sufferers and purchasers.
We will miss out on your daring and herculean strength in dealing with the challenges in healthcare. Indeed, you brought us by means of so several crises. The downfall of Hawaii Clinical Centers and their two-calendar year personal bankruptcy, AND the litigation of the Dr. Brown instances! Amidst all the above issues, you kept your great, took treatment of your friends, loved ones, and all of us at St. Francis. We are definitely grateful for the 10 many years you had been our CEO.
May possibly our merciful God grant you your very well-earned reward in that particular kingdom! Retain cultivating all those magnificent gardenias and distinctive hibiscus for all to appreciate!
May perhaps you relaxation in peace!