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Patricia Ann Cahill

April 13, 1938October 2, 2021

Patricia Ann Cahill, 83, (Packy), of West Barnstable, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 2, surrounded by family at the McCarthy Care Center in East Sandwich.

Pat was recognized as a visionary, mission-driven leader in Catholic health care for more than 40 years. Among her many accomplishments was serving as the first president and chief executive officer of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), Denver, CO, the country’s largest Catholic health system. With health care facilities located in 20 states, CHI was a pioneer in the development of a new sponsorship and governance model in Catholic health care between women religious congregations and lay people that has since been adopted by many Catholic health organizations across the U.S.

Her career also included working as the director of health and hospitals for the Archdiocese of New York. During that time, she developed the Alliance for Catholic Health and Human Services, an affiliation of 43 Catholic hospitals with 15 religious sponsors that worked on collaborative programs.

Pat served in financial and leadership positions at the Association of University Programs in Health Administration in Washington, D.C.; as the vice president of government relations at the Catholic Health Association; and as the president of Calvary Hospital, a palliative care specialty hospital in the Bronx. Among her many contributions included serving on the boards of Mutual of America; Covenant Health System, Lexington, MA; Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health (SCL Health), KS; Hospice and Palliative Care of Cape Cod, Hyannis; Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ; the Catholic Health Association, Washington, DC; St. Joseph’s Hospital, Patterson, NJ; the former Sisters of Mercy Health System, Farmington Hills, MI; the former Franciscan Health System, Aston, PA; the West Barnstable Fire Department and Cape Symphony, Hyannis. Pat was a member of the American Association of the Order of Malta. She was inducted into the Health Care Hall of Fame in 2009.

Pat was known for her unique ability to recognize and foster talent in people. She made lifelong friends wherever she went -- friends who she would hold close to her heart -- and still does. The stories of her humor, warmth, loyalty, and kindness abound.

Born in April 1938 to Everett and Catherine (Keeler) Cahill of Boston, Pat graduated from Emmanuel College and taught French in Newton, MA, before joining the Job Corps in Washington, D.C. She earned a law degree from George Washington University.

Pat is predeceased by her parents and her brother Francis. She is survived by her brother John, and his wife Jacki; niece Amy (Cahill) Lee and her husband Michael; nephew Jay Cahill and his wife Suzanne; grandnieces Allyson and Sammy Lee, Amelia and Hailey Cahill, and grandnephew Theo Cahill.

Pat was a woman of fabulous professional accomplishment, of incredible generosity, and well-traveled. In her life she valued her family, her friends, and her faith in God -- and she was enormously loved.

The family will receive friends at the Doane, Beal, and Ames Funeral Home, 160 West Main Street in Hyannis, from 4 to 8 pm on Sunday, October 10, 2021. A Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Victory Parish, 230 South Main Street in Centerville, MA, at 11 am on Monday, October 11, 2021. The Mass will be live-streamed (https://olvparish.org/livestream).

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Pat’s memory to the McCarthy Care Center, 73 Service Road, East Sandwich, MA 02537.

  • FAMILY

  • Everett and Catherine (Keeler) Cahill of Boston, Parents (deceased)
  • Francis, Brother (deceased)
  • John, and his wife Jacki, Brother
  • Amy (Cahill) Lee and her husband Michael, Niece
  • Jay Cahill and his wife Suzanne, Nephew
  • She is also survived by her grandnieces Allyson and Sammy Lee, Amelia and Hailey Cahill, and grandnephew Theo Cahill.
  • DONATIONS

  • McCarthy Care Center

Services

  • Visitation

    Sunday, October 10, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Monday, October 11, 2021

Memories

Patricia Ann Cahill

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Lise Lambert

October 11, 2021

Where to start? Pat was an exceptionally bright, loving and generous woman. She was a mentor to me and to so many others. We were blessed to work with her, as she served as our remarkable Board Chair of HopeHealth (formerly Hospice & Palliative Care of Cape Cod). What an extraordinary leader and kind person.

My husband (David Rehm) and I were fortunate to share a very special, intimate dinner with her the night before she died -- and she was so content. She shared with us that "If the good Lord takes me tonight, I am ready". She was. She spoke multiple times of the gifts she had been given by God -- and felt she had used those gifts as best she could. Total humility and servitude.

We watched the service today (via streaming) because we are back in Florida now, and it was beautiful and inspiring -- just like Pat was to us. We know she is with the Lord. We will miss her dearly.

Deborah J Cornwall

October 11, 2021

Dearest Pat, I will remember you and your friendship forever. Our world is a little darker without you, but I know that your God is welcoming you , too soon, with open arms.

Arden Down

October 10, 2021

I met Pat through an acquaintance when she lived in Washington. She moved to New Jersey where I visited her as well as in New York where I live. Through the years we traveled to Italy, China and Turkey. I visited her in Colorado and later on the Cape. Through our 40 year friendship we remembered each other's birthdays and talked on the phone. She always spoke with great affection of her brother John & of Jacki, of Amy and Jay and later of their marriages and still later her beloved great nieces and nephew She loved her family and being near them in her home on the Cape was a joy. She told me that she wanted to live there all of her life and she did. I loved her dearly and will miss her immeasurably. My heart and my prayers are with all of her precious family and all whose lives she blessed.

Jean Cleary

October 10, 2021

Pat was a dear friend to all the Tuomeys. We loved her, and we will miss her greatly.

Carol Roycroft

October 9, 2021

Pat, an amazing woman and dear friend. I miss you and the special times we spent together. I will carry you and all the fond memories in my heart forever. I believe the Lord received you with open arms saying, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
Prayers and love,
Carol

Rosemary Dillon

October 6, 2021

I was proud to be on the board of Hospice and Palliative Care of Cape Cod with Pat. From that time we became friends and I cherish time spent with her.
She loved her family and spoke of her brother John as her hero. Her nieces and nephew brought her great joy.
I will miss her wisdom, humor and friendship. May she Rest In Peace.

Gabriel & Jo Esteban

October 6, 2021

Our deepest sympathy and condolences to the family. We got to know Pat from our time at Seton Hall. Pat was always very gracious and caring. We will miss her and her smile.

William Aimetti

October 6, 2021

As a fellow Board Member of Pat’s at Seton Hall University, I always respected and appreciated her wisdom and the way she expressed her points of view in a non confrontational style. We lost a great human being and colleague and she will be missed by all that knew her.
Thank you Pat for all that you have done to make the world a better place!

Cathy Daniels

October 6, 2021

What a lovely person Pat was. Smart and fun loving. She had a casual elegance and a spirituality I admired. We had so much fun when we went to Rome with the Seton Hall Board of Regents. I just came across the photos not long ago when reorganizing. I had brought along a “Flat Stanley” drawing my niece had colored. The goal was for Flat Stanley to roam the world and send back photos to the class. Pat became part of my quest to delight my niece with photos of Flat Stanley in Assisi, Rome, St Peter’s— wherever we went Stanley went, and Pat would often be the one reminding me to stop and take a shot. Thinking of Pat and Flat Stanley entering heaven makes me smile! May she rest in the joy of Christ!