June 22, 2017
Washington, D.C. — Providence Health System recently welcomed four new members to its board of directors. They will each serve a three-year term, providing strategic oversight and governance to support the programs and mission of the hospital system, a member of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and not-for-profit health system.
The new board members – Frank Connors; Sister Jane Graves, D.C.; Deborah M. Royster; and David F. Toney – bring extensive financial, development, educational, legal and healthcare expertise to the board.
Frank Connors has overseen finance, accounting, information systems, and corporate controller functions at EYA, in Bethesda, since 1992. Promoted to Chief Financial Officer in 2000 and Chief Operating Officer in 2009, Connors has over 30 years’ experience in corporate finance and accounting within the building industry. In 2010, he was awarded the CFO of the Year by the Washington Business Journal. Connors grew up in the Washington D.C. area, received a B.S. in Accounting from the University of South Carolina, and has successfully completed the Uniform CPA Exam and the University of Maryland’s Leadership Development Program.
Sister Jane Graves, D.C., brings administrative, educational, and mission-based expertise from her more than 50 years as a teacher, administrator, and most recently Treasurer of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul Province of St. Louis, Missouri. Sister Jane received her undergraduate degree at St. Joseph College, Emmitsburg, Maryland and her master’s degree from Bridgewater State College, Bridgewater, MA, before continuing to graduate school at City University of New York, St. John’s College, and Pope John XXIII Center in Bridgewater, MA. Sister Jane has deep expertise as a dedicated civic volunteer as well, serving on several other boards of directors including St. Joseph Ministries in Emmitsburg, and Mission and Ministry, Inc.
Deborah M. Royster is an attorney and senior executive with more than 30 years of experience practicing law in the areas of health and aging services, telecommunications and public utilities. As CEO of Seabury Resources for Aging, Royster leads a team of approximately 150 employees to provide comprehensive social support services, including affordable housing, transportation, and care management, to more than 15,000 older adults in the Washington metropolitan region. Royster has served as board chair for the Providence Health Foundation; vice-chair of the board of Trustees of the University of the District of Columbia; and as a member of the board of directors of the D.C. Public Access Corporation. A Washington, D.C. native, she is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, and the University of Virginia, School of Law.
David Toney, Vice President of Development for Akridge Development, is responsible for coordinating all aspects of development activities from acquisition to completion in this leading real estate development firm. Since joining Akridge in 2005, David has completed or assisted in over $1.2 billion in acquisitions and development. His is an active member of the District of Columbia Building Industry Association, the Urban Land Institute, and is a member of the board of directors of the Golden Triangle Bid. David has a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Masters in Real Estate from Georgetown University. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley.
The new Providence board members will continue to support the success of Providence Health System as it refines its strategic initiatives to best serve the community, strengthen our mission and focus on community-based healthcare.
About Providence Health System
Providence Health System (www.provhosp.org) is a 408-bed teaching hospital in Washington, D.C., with expert medical staff of more than 500 providers. Founded by the Daughters of Charity in 1861, with its charter signed by President Abraham Lincoln, Providence is the longest continually operating hospital in the District. Located near the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Providence is situated on a 36-acre campus within the vibrant Brookland community in northeast D.C. near Catholic University of America and Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. With an expert medical staff of more than 500 providers, Providence is known for its compassionate care and commitment to listening and creating lasting relationships with those it serves. Providence is proud to be member of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and largest nonprofit health system.
Ascension (www.ascension.org) is a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. In FY2016, Ascension provided more than $1.8 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs. Approximately 160,000 associates and 36,000 aligned providers serve in 2,500 sites of care – including 141 hospitals and more than 30 senior living facilities – in 24 states and the District of Columbia as part of Ascension’s Healthcare Division. Through its Solutions Division, Ascension subsidiaries provide a variety of services and solutions including physician practice management, venture capital investing, investment management, biomedical engineering, clinical care management, information services, risk management, and contracting through Ascension’s own group purchasing organization.