Claremore Daily Progress


April 1, 2013

St. John Health System joins Ascension Health



“We’re excited to welcome St. John Health System and the other health systems of Marian to our national health ministry,” said Robert J. Henkel, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer, Ascension Health. “Adding their strengths and expertise to those of Ascension Health creates a combined ministry that is even better able to live our Mission of serving all and to position ourselves to meet the needs of our communities.”

Nicholas F. Desien, in addition to his role of President and Chief Executive Officer of Ministry Health Care, has agreed to also serve as Ascension Health Ministry Market Leader for Wisconsin, Kansas and Oklahoma. As Ministry Market Leader, Mr. Desien will provide leadership, support and direction to the Health Ministries in these three states, sharing accountability for their strategic positioning and operational performance. 

“We’re pleased that Nick Desien has agreed to add the role of Ministry Market Leader to his responsibilities,” Mr. Henkel said, “and our executive leadership community looks forward to working closely with him and with all of the leaders, associates and physicians across the three new Health Ministries of Ascension Health.”

In addition, Sister M. Therese Gottschalk, who has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Marian Health System, has agreed to assume new role as Executive Advisor to the President and Chief Executive Officer of Ascension Health, where her experience and knowledge will be invaluable in supporting transition of the new Health Ministries. She also will serve on Boards of Ministry Health Care, St. John Health System and Via Christi Health.

“Ascension Health shares our goal of serving the community, with special attention to the poor,” Sister Gottschalk said. “By joining representatives of other religious congregations and laypersons in the sponsorship structure of Ascension Health Alliance, the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother are able to ensure Catholic healthcare in the United States remains strong.”

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