January 15, 1999

Casey leaving to head Indianapolis hospital

Casey leaving to head Indianapolis hospital

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Marsha Casey

Marsha N. Casey, executive director and chief executive officer of Vanderbilt University Hospital, is leaving Vanderbilt at the end of this month to become president of St. Vincent's Health System in Indianapolis.

During her two years here, Casey, who came to Vanderbilt from St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital in Houston, played a major role in several important hospital endeavors, such as the institution's reorganization into patient care centers and the development of business planning focused on cost, quality and market share.

She currently is executive director and chief executive officer and is responsible for all aspects of VUH's operation and financial performance.

Casey says the opportunity to take over St. Vincent's Health System was one that she couldn't pass up. The Indianapolis teaching hospital system is part of the Daughters of Charity. It's also, in a way, home.

"I grew up in Indianapolis. It's my home town and I still have most of my family there, so that's a big draw," Casey said. "But it was a really tough decision. My time here, two-and-a-half years, may have been short, but it was sweet. I wasn't ready to leave.

"Vanderbilt is full of wonderful people and it truly is a great organization, one that is very difficult to leave. But this is an opportunity to go back to where I grew up, to go home."

Casey will definitely be missed and leaves behind a legacy of administrative and operational success, said Norman B. Urmy, executive vice president for Clinical Affairs.

"We are really going to miss Marsha. She fit right in the day she arrived and brought new ‹ and needed ‹ energy and focus to the hospital and the patient care centers. St. Vincent's is very fortunate to have her," Urmy said.