From: Sister Pat Eck, C.B.S., Chairperson of Bon Secours Ministries
I am very pleased to announce that January 1, 2015, Charles H. Brown, III (Charlie) will assume the role of board chair for BSHSI. Charlie will fill the role vacated by the completion of Dr. Don Seitz’s term as board chair. Charlie has been a part of our Bon Secours ministries for over 30 years and has held roles on the BSHSI board as well as Bon Secours, Inc., and Bon Secours Ministries. He has a long standing commitment to Bon Secours. I am thrilled that he has accepted this new leadership role.
As BSHSI board chair, Charlie will serve as the lead board member for BSHSI articulating the mission of the Sisters of Bon Secours and Bon Secours Ministries (BSM) for the BSHSI Board and executive leaders. He will ensure that the mission, philosophy and sponsorship requirements of BSM are understood and are the basis for board and executive decision-making. Charlie will be responsible for leading the governance model for BSHSI and local system governance to excellence. As well, he will collaborate with me as the chair of BSM and with Rich as CEO to ensure that systems and processes are in place and leaders are prepared for sponsorship and governance leadership in the future. Charlie will be collaborating with the boards and executive management to ensure that the prophetic voice of Bon Secours inspires the strategic direction of BSHSI. He will be accountable with the BSHSI Board for Catholic identity and the charism of Bon Secours.
Charlie earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Mount Saint Mary’s College (now University) in Emmitsburg, Maryland. He became a CPA shortly thereafter and has practiced in public accounting since his college graduation. He has been with Ellin & Tucker Chartered, a large regional accounting firm in Baltimore, Maryland, since 1981. Recently retired as a director of the firm, he currently serves as a consultant with the firm.
Charlie served on the Board of the Bon Secours Baltimore Health System from 1983 to 1991 and was chair of the board during his final three years. In 1997, he joined the BSHSI Board of Directors and served through 2006. He was a member of various committees and chaired the Audit Committee from 2001-2006. Charlie became a member of the Bon Secours, Inc. and Bon Secours Ministries Boards in 2008 and presently serves on both of these Boards as well as the BSHSI Audit Committee. In addition, he served on the Investment Committee of the Sisters of Bon Secours for several years. He attended the Catholic Health Association’s Ecclesiology and Spiritual Renewal Program in Rome in 2007.
Charlie is active in the Baltimore community serving on the board of the Charlestown Retirement Community in Baltimore, Maryland, and is chair of the Audit Committee. Past Board activities include the Board of Christian Formation of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, the Archbishop’s Task Force studying financing of Catholic Schools, and the Finance Committee of Immaculate Conception Church in Towson, Maryland. He is a Knight Commander with Star in the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem (Middle Atlantic Lieutenancy).
Please join in thanking Charlie for his many past contributions and dedication to Bon Secours and congratulate him on his new role. I know he will have all of your support as he transitions.
Finally, please join me in thanking Don for his exemplary leadership as the Chair of Bon Secours Health System for the past five years. He developed the role over this five-year period and is handing it off in perfect form! Don will assist us in orienting Charlie to his new role. Don is an inspiration to those who work with him; we celebrate his years of dedication and contributions to this ministry. As well, I am grateful for your continued support and commitment to BSHSI and to those we serve. It is indeed a future filled with hope!
Bon Secours Health System Inc., based in Marriottsville, Maryland, is a $3.4 billion dollar not-for-profit Catholic health system that owns, manages or joint-ventures 19 acute care, five long-term care, four assisted living, six retirement communities/senior housing, 14 home care and hospice services, and other facilities, primarily on the East Coast. Bon Secours Health System consists of more than 24,000 caregivers helping people in six states. Its vision is to be a prophetic Catholic health ministry partnering with communities to create a more humane world, build health and social justice, and provide exceptional value for those served.