San Jose, CA (September 12, 2013)– John R. Gilchrist, Jr., FAHP, CFRE, has been appointed as the new President and CEO for the O’Connor and Saint Louise Foundations. Gilchrist has more than 20 years of experience in leading philanthropic initiatives in health care organizations, resulting in transformational gifts.
Gilchrist has worked in hospital administration, community relations, marketing and physician recruitment and management. Most recently, he was the Chief Philanthropy Officer at Christus Health Louisiana, responsible for all aspects of fundraising for four foundations. Christus Health is the sixth largest Catholic healthcare system in the U.S. Previously, he was President and CEO of the Dallas chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, where he developed a major gifts program.
Gilchrist also has been Vice President at Empire Health Services in Spokane, WA, Director of Business Development at Longview Regional Medical Center and Director of Marketing and PR at Good Shepherd Medical, both located in Longview, TX. He has an M.S. degree in Healthcare Administration from Texas Woman’s University, and a B.S. degree in Economics from Southern Methodist University. He is a fellow in the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy and a certified fundraising executive.