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Sister Helen Amos and the leadership of Mercy Health Services named Loyola’s Business Leader of the Year for 2014

| By Nick Alexopulos
Sister Helen Amos, RSM
Sister Helen Amos, RSM

Sister Helen Amos, RSM, executive chair of the board of trustees of Mercy Health Services, and the leadership of Mercy Health Services have been named Business Leader of the Year for 2014 by Loyola University Maryland’s Sellinger School of Business and Management. Sister Helen will be honored at Loyola’s annual Business Leader of the Year dinner on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, at the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore.

“At the Sellinger School, we strive to develop leaders who deeply value the level of commitment to innovation in business and service to the community Sister Helen has consistently demonstrated throughout her tremendously influential 30-year-career,” said Karyl B. Leggio, Ph.D., dean of the Sellinger School. “The incredible contributions Mercy Health Services makes to Baltimore as a sought-after employer of choice, provider of top-quality health care, and pillar of social justice are a direct result of Sister Helen’s inclusive leadership and vision, virtues that will continue to inspire exceptional members of the business community now and into the future.”

Mercy is the eighth largest private-sector employer in the Baltimore region with 4,800 employees, and it generates $600 million in annual revenues from its network of primary care and specialist physicians in central Maryland, Mercy Medical Center, and Stella Maris. Three senior executives at Mercy are Loyola alumni: Thomas R. Mullen, MBA ’86, president and CEO; John E. Topper, EMBA ’94, executive vice president and chief risk officer; and Justin C. Deibel, EMBA ’11, senior vice president and chief financial officer.

Sister Helen has served as executive chair since 1999 and has been a member of the board of directors for Mercy Health Services since 1980. She was president and chief executive officer from 1992-99. During her tenure, Sister Helen and the Mercy leadership team pioneered the development and implementation of numerous groundbreaking programs and initiatives, including the construction of the Mary Catherine Bunting Center–a new, $400+ million, 20-story hospital–and the creation of the Center for Women’s Health & Medicine and its flagship programs in gynecologic oncology and breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Under Sister Helen’s leadership, Mercy has continued and strengthened its 139-year legacy of service to the Baltimore community, particularly the neighborhoods in south, east, and west Baltimore. Mercy provides more than $49 million in uncompensated care and community benefits and is a founding partner of Health Care for the Homeless.

Sister Helen has more than 30 years experience in the fields of education and health care administration and she serves on numerous health care, non-profit, and education boards at organizations across the country. She earned her Master of Science in Mathematics from the University of Notre Dame and received Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees from College Misericordia in Dallas, Pa., and from Notre Dame of Maryland University.

About Business Leader of the Year:
The Loyola University Maryland Sellinger School of Business and Management has honored a Business Leader of the Year since 1983, recognizing those whose vision, dedicated effort, and singular commitment to the highest ideals of business have distinguished them and their organizations as among the very best in the nation. More than 800 executives and managers from Maryland’s most prestigious public, private, and non-profit organizations attend the event each year. Alan Wilson, chairman, president, and chief executive officer of McCormick and Company, was honored in 2013.

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