WILMINGTON – Julie A. Hester, president and chief executive officer of St. Francis Healthcare for the past four years, will resign from both positions next month, the organization announced Monday.
In a memo to staff, Hester said she is stepping down for personal reasons, to consider her career goals and the possibility of pursuing other opportunities.
Catholic Health East and St. Francis Healthcare’s board of directors will conduct a search for Hester’s successor. CHE president and CEO Judith M. Persichilli commended Hester for her “dedication and resourcefulness in the face of many challenges.”
Hester has worked for Catholic Health East for more than 12 years in nursing home management and hospital administration.