March 7, 2007

Trinity Health Wins Corporate University Xchange Award for Leadership Development

NOVI, Mich., March 7, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- In recognition of its high impact training initiatives to develop effective health care leaders, Trinity Health was the only health system in the nation to be honored at the Eighth Annual Corporate University Xchange Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Corporate Learning. Trinity Health picked up the Best Practice Award for Leadership Development.

The Corporate University Xchange Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Corporate Learning salute corporate and government learning organizations that create exciting, impactful programs that result in measurable improvements in employee and business performance. Since 1999, the Awards, given by Corporate University Xchange (CUX), the leading provider of corporate education research, benchmarking and advisory services for the enterprise learning marketplace, have set the standard for corporate learning.

According to the judges, Trinity Health operates a well-defined coaching and action-learning program with clearly identified competencies aligned with mission and strategic challenges. Trinity Health's leadership development program ranks among "the best of the best" in business, which includes Corporate University Xchange winners EDS, Stapes, Coles Group Limited, Convergys, Central Bank of Malaysia and UBS. Other category winners include The Boeing Company, National Geographic, Hitachi Data Systems and MasterCard Worldwide.

"Each of these winning programs has a measurable impact on a company's ability to execute their business strategy," said Sue Todd, president and CEO of CUX. "We congratulate them."

Trinity Health's Organization Development and Talent Management (ODTM) team provides vision and strategic direction for the talent management and leadership development of Trinity Health's 5,000 leaders serving in a network of 46 owned and managed hospitals, health care services, and advocate partnerships at the community, regional and national levels.

"Over the past year, our traditional leadership development model has progressed to a strategic talent management approach," said Debra Canales, executive vice president of Trinity Health's human resources department, called Organization and Talent Effectiveness. "This transformation has really enlivened the program with creative and innovative learning programs that unleash the capabilities of our leaders," Canales said.

"We are extremely proud of our program and thank the Corporate University Xchange program for this award," said D'Anne Carpenter, executive director, organization development and talent management, Trinity Health. "At Trinity Health, we strive to be a dynamic 'continuously learning' organization where associates are enthusiastic partners in attaining our strategic objectives."

The Trinity Health Leadership Series was created to provide a clear, well-defined career progression for leaders in our organization. The Leadership Series has three parts:

   * Foundations in Leadership -- For emerging leaders, managers and     directors  * Strategic Leadership Program -- For directors, vice presidents and     C-level leaders  * Advanced Leadership Program -- For directors, vice presidents, C-    level and "high potential" leaders. 

The programs focus on three core competencies: providing opportunities for development; stimulating the ability to develop through action learning; and providing a supportive cultural, environmental and experiential workplace for change to occur. Past participants have consistently demonstrated improvements in knowledge, confidence and expertise.

"All leadership development at Trinity Health is rooted in our mission and values, and we strongly believe that values-based leadership is critical to the achievement of our vision to be the most trusted health partner in the communities we serve," said Joseph Swedish, president and CEO, Trinity Health. "Successful talent management is about managing, rewarding and engaging leaders. This focus has enabled our program to become a keystone of our business processes and decisions."

For instance, six members of the Advanced Leadership Program produced a diversity strategic plan for Trinity Health, which served as a blueprint for creating the system's position paper and implementation work plan. Other work teams have developed long-range strategies for supply chain management and business growth.

"We are deeply committed to the personal, professional, and spiritual growth of each and every individual within the organization," said Carpenter. "We strive to identify and nurture leaders who bring out the best in themselves and others, who are builders and enablers of our unified enterprise ministry and work culture, and who are effective coaches and mentors. These leaders model the behaviors expected of others."

About Trinity Health

With hospitals in eight states, Trinity Health is the fourth-largest Catholic health care system in the country. Based in Novi, Mich., Trinity Health owns or manages 46 hospitals, 379 outpatient facilities, 26 long-term care facilities, and numerous home health offices and hospice programs. Employing approximately 45,100 full-time staff, Trinity Health reported $6.1 billion in unrestricted revenue and $307.0 million in community benefit ministry in fiscal year 2006. For more information about Trinity Health, visit

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About Corporate University Xchange, Inc.

Corporate University Xchange (CUX) is the leading provider of corporate university research, benchmarking, and advisory services for helping organizations transform corporate learning. Founded in 1997, the aim of CUX research and services is to maximize corporate investments in training and development to deliver improved business results. The company's benchmarking studies and annual awards programs set the standards for the learning industry. For more information, please visit CUX on the web at

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