Cook Is Named 2016 Winner of Athena Award

BOARDMAN, Ohio – Kathy Cook, president of St. Joseph Warren Hospital is the 2016 recipient of the Athena Award, presented by the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber and The Vindicator.

Cook was presented the award last night before a crowd of 500 gathered at Mr. Anthony’s Banquet Center for the annual event.

Cook began her career in 1983 as a nurse at St. Elizabeth Hospital. She advanced up the Mercy Health system, formerly Humility of Mary Health Partners, and was named president of St. Joseph in 2013. The 200-bed hospital employs 750 and operates with an annual budget of more than $900 million. Under Cook’s leadership, it has exceeded operating margins, improved patient safety and employee engagement scores and received national recognition, according to the Athena award committee.

The award recognizes business and professional women for their career and community leadership and for mentoring women. Twenty-one women were nominated this year.

Cook serves on the advisory board of Kent State Trumbull, on the executive board of Trumbull 100 and on the board of Northeast Ohio Adoption Services.

Agnus Berenato, women’s basketball coach at Kennesaw State University, was the evening’s keynote speaker. In addition, the ninth annual Athena Scholarship, a $1,500, one-time award created in partnership with the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley, was presented to Austintown Fitch High School senior Kayla Fisher, who will pursue electrical engineering at Youngstown State University.

Pictured: Kathy Cook.

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