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Covenant Health Names Four New Board Members


10.12.2021

Covenant Health Welcomes New Board Members

At its recent meeting, Covenant Health’s Board of Directors named four new board members. Each committed to a 3-year term.

Kathryn Connerton, J.D., MBA

Kathryn Connerton brings extensive expertise in a variety of disciplines to Covenant Health. She is a talented health care executive with demonstrated success driving innovation and transformation across community-based, multi-state integrated operations specializing in clinical and financial outcomes, service line development and care coordination. Since 2014, she has served as President/Chief Executive Officer of Ascension Lourdes, an extensive health care system comprised of 2,250 doctors, nurses and associates based in Binghamton, New York. Ms. Connerton also serves as the chairperson of the 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. She previously served as Vice President of Bon Secours Health System, Inc, Chief Operating Officer of Bon Secours Venice Healthcare Corporation, and Vice President and General Counsel of Lourdes Hospital. 

Ms. Connerton earned her Juris Doctorate from the New England School of Law in Boston, Mass., and multiple degrees from the State University of New York at Binghamton. These include a Master of Business Administration, a Master of Public Administration and Public Policy Analysis and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. 

In addition to her professional commitments, Ms. Connerton has shared her time and talent as an active board member of the Mother Cabrini Foundation; as a member of Bon Secours Human Resources Committee; and as chair of the Regional Board for the NYS DSRIP Federal Waiver Program.

Catherine Lovecchio, Ph.D., RN

Catherine Lovecchio earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Villanova University. She attended College Misericordia for her Master of Science in Nursing Education and returned to Villanova and completed her Ph.D. in nursing. She gained valuable experience as a registered nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital with a clinical focus in the area of cardiac and critical care.

For the past 31 years, Catherine has been actively teaching in various nursing education programs. She served a 15-year tenure as an Associate Professor of Nursing at the University of Scranton also having served as Chairperson and Director of the Undergraduate Program. Currently, she serves as the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Nursing at Villanova University. In this administrative role, she is responsible for the oversight of a robust undergraduate program including traditional four-year students, BSN second degree students and transfer students. 

Catherine has conducted research in the area of academic-clinical partnerships and its effect on student satisfaction with the clinical learning environment. She was instrumental in the initiation of a large scale academic-clinical partnership called the Clinical Liaison Nurse program at three local hospitals in Scranton, Pennsylvania. In addition, Catherine’s passion for transforming students through service-learning travel experiences led her to the development of three new courses: Health Issues in Africa, Gangs and Urban Health in Los Angeles, and Urban Health, Cultural Immersion and Service in Miami. These courses provided students the opportunity to travel and immerse themselves into diverse cultures while learning about social justice and poverty.

Catherine and her husband, Toby, live in the suburbs of Philadelphia and have two grown children, Matthew and Lydia. 

Cherie Noe, M.D., MPH

Cherie Noe, M.D., MPH joins the Covenant Health Board of Directors with deep expertise in geriatric health. She currently serves as Chief of Geriatrics at the Quimby Center for Geriatric Care at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Mass. In this role, she oversees the clinical, educational and administrative responsibilities of a vibrant practice that includes eight Geriatricians and nine Nurse Practitioners.

Cherie earned her Medical Degree and her Master of Public Health Degree from Boston University. Upon completion of her Residency and Internship at Boston City Hospital she pursued a Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at Boston Medical Center. 

Cherie is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School and is a staff physician at Mount Auburn Hospital. Cherie has shared her expertise with numerous organizations including serving as Medical Director to the Park Avenue Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Arlington, Mass.; the Brookhaven Retirement Community, Pine Knoll Nursing Home, Dana Home and Artis Senior Living, all in Lexington, Mass; as well as Carleton Willard Village Retirement Community in Bedford, Mass. She has served on the board of directors of Communities Without Borders in Newton, Mass – two years a President; the Dana Home Foundation in Lexington and Brookhaven Retirement Community.

She has been named a Top Doctor by Boston Magazine since 2018. Cherie is a frequent speaker on a variety of topics related to geriatric medicine. Cherie and her husband have three children and live in Lexington, Mass.

Gino J. Pazzaglini, MSW, LFACHE

Gino Pazzaglini’s professional career spans 42 years in Catholic and faith-based health ministry beginning in clinical social work and transitioning to health care executive management. For over 15 years he served as President/CEO at two non-profit, Catholic health systems - one based in New York and one in Pennsylvania. 

In addition to a Master of Social Work and a Master Certificate in Health Administration, Pazzaglini’s considerable accomplishments earned him Life Fellow status as awarded by The American College of Healthcare Executives. Pazzaglini has also completed the Catholic Health Association’s Sponsor Formation program. For nine years, he served as lay sponsor member on Ascension Public Juridic Person, including four years as Chair. Pazzaglini also has ongoing governance experience on numerous state/local health, mental health and public service boards. He is an active parishioner and active retiree.



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