Catholic Health Association of the United States names Orest Holubec chair-elect; Anna Newsom also joining board

ST. LOUIS, MO. [June 12, 2024] - The Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA) has named Orest Holubec, chief communication officer at Providence, as vice chairperson/chairperson-elect of the CHA Board of Trustees. Anna Newsom, chief legal officer at Providence, was also elected to the CHA board.  

These announcements were made earlier this week at CHA’s annual National Assembly in San Diego, California. Both terms are effective July 1, 2024. 

“Providence has enjoyed a deep relationship with CHA for many years and we are honored to have the opportunity to continue our support of the association through these appointments,” said Rod Hochman, M.D., Providence president and CEO. “I am tremendously grateful to Orest and Anna for their commitment to Catholic health care and the Mission of Providence.” 

In his role at Providence, Holubec leads brand; public relations; organizational communication; media relations; community relations; crisis communication; issues and reputation management; and social media and influencer strategy for Providence and its family of organizations. 

Newsom is responsible for the delivery of legal services for the system and serves as secretary to the Providence Board of Trustees. 

About CHA 

CHA, founded in 1915, advances the Catholic health ministry of the United States in caring for people and communities. Comprised of more than 650 hospitals and 1,600 long-term care and other health facilities in all 50 states, the Catholic health ministry is the largest group of nonprofit health care providers in the nation. Every day, more than one in seven patients in the U.S. is cared for in a Catholic hospital. 

About Providence

Providence is a national, not-for-profit Catholic health system comprising a diverse family of organizations and driven by a belief that health is a human right. With 51 hospitals, over 1,000 physician clinics, senior services, supportive housing, and many other health and educational services, the health system and its partners employ more than 122,000 caregivers serving communities across seven states – Alaska, California, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, and Washington, with system offices in Renton, Wash., and Irvine, Calif. Learn about our vision of health for a better world at