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  • Kessler named Sisters of Charity president, CEO

  • The Sisters of Charity Health System, owners of Canton's Mercy Medical Center, appointed Terrence P. Kessler president and CEO on Friday.
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  • The Sisters of Charity Health System, owners of Canton's Mercy Medical Center, on Friday appointed Terrence P. Kessler as president and CEO, according to a news release.
    Kessler had been serving as interim president and CEO since July.
    Kessler will oversee the organization's health care operations in Ohio and South Carolina. They include five Catholic hospitals — including Mercy and St. Vincent Charity Medical Center in Cleveland — two skilled nursing and assisted living facilities, three grantmaking foundations and six health and human service organizations, according to the release.
    Kessler served as a member of the organization's board of directors for 14 years — six years as chairman — and as a member of the Public Juridic Person of Pontifical Right, the Catholic sponsorship structure adopted by the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine and SCHS.
    Kessler will also continue as the organization's general counsel, a role he's held since June 2012.
    STARK CONNECTION
    Since 1980, Kessler has been a shareholder at the Black, McCuskey, Souers & Arbaugh law firm in Canton. He joined the firm in 1975 after graduating from the Ohio State University College of Law.
    He's been active with the Stark County Bar Association since 1975. He was the president from 1994-95 and was chairman of the grievance and executive committees.
    Kessler formerly served as president of the United Way of Central Stark County and president of the Catholic Charities Advisory Board of the Diocese of Youngstown.
    As of April 2012, he was a member of the board of directors of Canton Central Catholic high school.
    "My previous governance roles with the Sisters of Charity Health System have formed in me a deep understanding of what makes Catholic health care successful and what makes it so very special," Kessler said, in a news release.
    "As the new leader of this faith-based system of health, foundation and outreach ministries, I am fully energized and inspired to continue and advance our Sisters' 162-year legacy of healing individuals, families and communities."