WATERBURY ─ St. Mary’s Health System has appointed Sister Dolores Lahr, a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Chambery, as director of mission integration. She was selected following a rigorous national search and was formally appointed by Archbishop Leonard P. Blair.
Sister Dolores is an experienced and accomplished leader locally, nationally and internationally. As a member of St. Mary’s Hospital’s founding order, she is said to offer a unique perspective and meaningful link to the health system’s heritage. She served as a provincial for her order from 2007-12, during which time she fulfilled a number of leadership functions. The province has a variety of sponsored ministries in Greater Hartford, and Sister Dolores has amassed much experience working with boards of directors and leadership teams at these ministries. Most recently, she worked for the Archdiocese of Hartford.
Sister Dolores was a member of the St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center board of directors from 2008 until this fall. She has been a member of the St. Mary’s Health System and St. Mary’s Hospital boards of directors since 2007. She also is a member of the finance committee, chair of the audit committee and a member of the quality and safety committee, providing her with extensive insight into St. Mary’s mission, vision, values and strategic plan.
“St. Mary’s is truly blessed to have Sister Dolores in this new role, leading our pastoral care department and our mission integration and formation efforts,” said Chad W. Wable, president and chief executive officer of St. Mary’s Health System. “She brings a wealth of knowledge of health care and the needs of our community to her leadership and ministry with us. Her significant accomplishments and experience, coupled with her caring, compassionate, yet determined disposition, will help us successfully navigate through the maze of health care and changes ahead.”