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St. Dominic president announces retirement

JACKSON —  Sister Mary Dorothea Sondgeroth, O.P. has informed St. Dominic’s leadership, medical staff and employees of her intention to step down as the President of St. Dominic Health Services, Inc. (“SDHS”) effective January 1, 2012.

Sister Dorothea

She made the decision following a time of personal reflection and prayer. During her tenure, one of her focuses has been to prepare St. Dominic’s for the future, including continuing its mission of Christian healing for those in need in the communities it serves.

Sister Dorothea, after a sabbatical and period of reflection, will maintain an active role in the Dominican Sisters’ mission in Jackson by serving on SDHS’ Governing Board and supporting St. Dominic’s Foundation in continuing to extend its ministry of caring.

Sister Dorothea will be succeeded by Claude W. Harbarger, who has served as President of St. Dominic-Jackson Memorial Hospital (St. Dominic Hospital) for the past twenty years. Lester K. Diamond, who has served as Executive Vice President of Operations and as a Vice President of various services for nineteen years, will succeed Claude as President of St. Dominic Hospital.

“I have unwavering confidence in Claude and Lester in transitioning St. Dominic’s to lay leadership. The St. Dominic mission, vision and values are vibrant and have been integrated throughout the organization so I am confident, through their leadership St. Dominic’s will continue to live out the Dominican Sisters’ mission of Christian healing and the exceptional level of care our patients have come to expect,” she said.

Source: St. Dominic Health Services, Inc. public relations

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