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Sister Margaret Mary Hughes, 91, CEO of St. Jerome's Hospital in Batavia

Aug. 3, 1927 — July 13, 2019

Sister Margaret Mary Hughes, chief executive officer of the former St. Jerome’s Hospital in Batavia for nearly 23 years, died July 13 in the Health Care Unit of Mercy Center. She was 91.

Born in Buffalo, one of 10 children, she grew up in South Buffalo, attending Holy Family Elementary School. After graduating from Mount Mercy Academy, she worked for New York Central Railroad and Liberty Mutual Insurance. She and her younger sister Ann both entered the Sisters of Mercy Community on Sept. 8, 1949. Another sister, Marie, entered the order in 1950.

Formerly Sister Mary Gerard, she earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Mount St. Joseph Teachers College, now Medaille College, and taught for several years in Catholic elementary schools.

In 1954, she became assistant business manager at Kenmore Mercy Hospital and went on to complete a master’s degree in health administration and business administration at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.

She began a 30-year career at St. Jerome’s Hospital in 1962 as supervisor of the business office and served as chief financial officer and chief executive officer. She was a member of the Western New York Hospital Association and the Catholic Hospital Council and Regional Advisory Board.

After retiring from St. Jerome’s, she became administrator of the Mercy Center and later was archivist at Trocaire College and for the Mercy Community.

Survivors include a sister, Theresa Healy, and many nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Friday, July 19, in the Mercy Center, 625 Abbott Road.

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