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Saint Joseph Mercy Health System

Vice President for Development Announced
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Saint Joseph Mercy Health System selects Fran Petonic to lead philanthropic efforts

Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) is pleased to announce Fran Petonic as its new vice president for development. Petonic will join the organization on Oct. 1, 2012.

This is a homecoming for Petonic, who was the director of major and planned gifts in the Office of Development from 2003-2007. During this time she was among the original architects of the health system’s $100 million Renewal Campaign.

“We are so pleased that Fran has accepted this important position,” shares Garry C. Faja, regional CEO and president of Saint Joseph Mercy Health System. “I speak for the entire executive leadership team, board of directors and the health system’s development council when I say we look forward to working with her as the new executive leader of our philanthropic efforts.”

For the past five years Petonic has been leading a seven-member fund-raising staff responsible for generating philanthropic income for Meriter Foundation in Madison, Wis., a $440 million health system with more than 3,000 staff and 1,000 physicians.

Throughout her career Petonic has directed the fundraising strategies and campaigns at HelpSource in Ann Arbor, the Ann Arbor Art Center and the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland.

Petonic earned her bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University, and a master’s degree from Case Western Reserve University in social service administration with a focus on fundraising and management.

“I’m thrilled to be back at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System. I look forward to meeting new members of the community and rekindling old friendships,” shares Petonic. “I am especially grateful to return to an organization that is so mission focused and well led. It feels like home.”

Petonic is the successor to Camille Shy, former vice president for development for Saint Joseph Mercy Health System who recently retired in July.

For more information on Saint Joseph Mercy Health System’s fund-raising efforts, please visit or call 734-712-4040.

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