Blue-Ribbon Committee on senior health care ministry


Bishop Dennis Sullivan has appointed a Blue Ribbon Committee to make recommendations on health care ministry for seniors in the Diocese of Camden. The diocese operates Bishop McCarthy Residence, Vineland; Our Lady’s Residence, Pleasantville; St. Mary’s Catholic Home and the Manor at St. Mary’s, both in Cherry Hill.
The committee will study how the diocese can better minister to seniors. Its work will be coordinated by Martin Idler, executive director of Diocesan Health Services.
“For decades, the Diocese of Camden has provided and continues to provide wonderful service to a segment of our senior citizen population in need of skilled nursing care with our mission emphasis on helping those less fortunate,” Bishop Sullivan wrote to each of the committee members.
The bishop noted that changes in government funding have created significant market challenges for agencies providing health care to seniors, including the Diocese of Camden.
“I welcome and look forward to hearing recommendations from the Committee with respect to the challenges facing our diocesan homes now and into the future,” he said.

Committee members are:
Thomas A. Cavalieri, DO, Dean, Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine;
George Lynn, former CEO of AtlantiCare;
Althea Skeels, principal, Cobble Hill Financial Services, Moorestown;
Edward Radetich, CPA and managing partner of Heffler, Radetich, & Saitta, LLC;
Jerome Pontillo, attorney, principal, Fentell Corporation;
Mark D’Onofrio, secretary/treasurer, Stanker & Galetto, Vineland;
Sister Dorothy Apprich, SSJ, Executive Director, Saint Joseph Villa, Flourtown, Pa.;
Dr. Anton Kemps, M.D., Cherry Hill;
Deacon Gerard Jablonowski, former CEO, St. Francis Medical Center, Trenton;
Father Joseph A. Perreault, pastor, St. Joseph Parish, Sea Isle City;
Father Thomas A. Newton, pastor, The Catholic Community of Christ Our Light, Cherry Hill;
Michael G. Brennan, attorney.