Andy_Barth_BlessingEau Claire, Wis. – During a special Catholic mass led by Bishop William Callahan of the diocese of La Crosse, Andy Barth, MHA, accepted the role of HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital President and CEO during an official blessing held July 7 in the hospital’s chapel. 

Barth was presented with the San Damiano cross by Bishop Callahan. Franciscans regard this cross as a symbol of their mission to commit their lives and resources to renewing and rebuilding the Church. 

Barth began his duties March 29, but COVID-19 restrictions prevented the Bishop from attending until recently. 

In his new role, Barth works alongside HSHS leadership to enhance and grow hospital services and employment opportunities, and to expand upon current excellence in patient care.

“I am grateful for this new and exciting role and honored for the opportunity to help shape the next chapter in the history of Sacred Heart,” said Barth. “My family and I are excited to get involved in the community and meet new people.”

Barth is a Wisconsin native who has worked in health care organizations serving Wisconsin, Indiana and Colorado. Most recently he worked at Aspirus Health in central Wisconsin. He has a Bachelor of Science with Honors in Healthcare Administration and Informatics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Master of Health Administration from the University of Iowa.

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About HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital
HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the Founding Institute, and it is an affiliate of Hospital Sisters Health System. Since 1889, it has been meeting patient needs in western Wisconsin with the latest medical innovations and technology, together with a Franciscan whole-person healing tradition.

About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high-quality Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our physician practices and 15 local hospitals in two states – Illinois (Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, O’Fallon, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan and two in Green Bay). HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute. For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org. For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit www.hospitalsisters.org.

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