Brooklyn born Cathy O’Brien started her career in 1989 as the Assistant Director of Purchasing at St. Francis Hospital, and was promoted to Director of Materials Management in 1991.
When St. Francis and Mercy Medical Center merged in 1998, Cathy was named Corporate Director of Materials Management, responsible for the Supply Chain function at both institutions. And when Catholic Health Services of Long Island (CHSLI) was formed in 2000, Cathy became its first Vice President for Supply Chain.
Under Cathy’s leadership the CHSLI Supply Chain was the first department to be completely integrated onto one platform with the ability to service the entire system through one centralized office on the Mercy campus in Rockville Centre.
Under Cathy’s direction the Supply Chain has saved the system tens of millions of dollars on the costs of acquiring supplies and capital equipment. In 2005 Cathy developed a cutting edge Supply Chain model and now, in addition to taking millions of dollars out of the system, the Clinically Integrated Supply Chain generates over five million dollars a year of revenue coming into CHSLI.
Fund raising has always been close to Cathy’s heart, and over the years she and her team have worked closely with the system’s local development departments and fund raising arms to raise in excess of three million dollars.
Long-time residents of Lido Beach, Cathy and her husband Nick have four children, Shawn, Kathleen, Kristin, and Kerri, and ten grandchildren.
Cathy has been a long-time supporter of The Friends of Mercy since being recruited to assist by Fran Murray back in 1999.