Daech named chief HR officer at Saint Peter’s Healthcare System

Ed Daech has been named chief human resources officer for Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, it announced this week.

Daech, who started in the role in February, has more than two decades of experience in the corporate and health care sectors.

Prior to joining Saint Peter’s, Daech was with Ascension, one of the nation’s largest Catholic health systems, which operates 141 hospitals and other health care facilities in more than 20 different states with 150,000 employees.

During his nine years at Ascension, he served in various HR leadership positions, most recently as a regional vice president of human resources. In this role, he served as the HR leader for Ascension’s Nursing and Clinical Operations Division, as well as the Health Ministry Markets in Indiana, Tennessee and Alabama, which consisted of 35 hospitals and 32,000 employees.

Saint Peter’s CEO Les Hirsch applauded the hire.

“Ed has a wealth of experience in health care, specifically with Catholic-based institutions, that will effectively support Saint Peter’s mission while continuing to advance our strategic vision for the future,” he said.

“We welcome Ed to the Saint Peter’s family and look forward to his leadership and expertise to help position Saint Peter’s as an employer of choice and to provide our employees with a great work environment and experience.”

Daech, who has an MBA from North Central College in Chicago, said he was glad to join the team.

“Saint Peter’s is truly a special place filled with people who are passionate about the work we do,” he said. “Our organization is one that engages its employees, fostering an environment of mutual support and collaboration in implementing best practices to provide the highest level of quality care to our patients.

“I welcome the opportunity to lead a human resources team whose goal is to attract, retain and engage skilled and compassionate employees who believe in Saint Peter’s Catholic mission and strive for service excellence.”