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In-depth conversations with leaders and associates from across Ascension. Each month, the Good Day Ascension Podcast will discuss timely topics related to our Mission-focused national healthcare ministry.
Dr. Tamarah Duperval-Brownlee
“I’ve always felt that my calling was to be a physician… and to particularly focus on those who are underserved and sometimes those whom people don’t want to touch,” says Tamarah Duperval-Brownlee, MD, MPH, MBA, FAAFP, Vice President of Care Excellence for Ascension. “It’s really been my privilege to engage in that work.... I help our ministry leaders work toward eliminating unwanted variation in care.”
“Anytime you take on an effort as large as this, you want it to go well,” says Gwen MacKenzie, Senior Vice President, Ascension Healthcare and Michigan Ministry Market Executive, about Michigan serving as a pilot for the introduction of the Ascension identity in our local communities. “It was a very natural and invigorating launch because it connected the Mission with the brand and the work that we do. It’s gone extremely well.”
“We are a large, diverse, growing health system with absolutely unlimited potential for service,” says Tom VanOsdol, Interim President and CEO of St. Vincent’s HealthCare in Jacksonville, Florida, and the System Chief Operating Officer for Ascension’s Jacksonville Ministry Market. Tom says he tells new associates, “You’re here, called by God for a very specific purpose, and a gift that only you can give our ministry, and I can’t wait to unpack and discover that together with you.”
Ascension Ventures launched in 2001 as the venture investing unit of Ascension. “What’s happened over time is we’ve invited other health systems to participate with us,” says Matt Hermann, Ascension Ventures’ Senior Managing Director. “We’ve included organizations that wanted to roll up their sleeves and share their perspectives with us because we believe it will help us make better decisions…. We have 13 health systems as limited partners, [and] we’re going to be on the lookout for innovative companies that could really make a difference.”
Ascension’s Columbia St. Mary’s, Ministry Health Care, Affinity Health System and Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare are coming together as Ascension because “it gives us the best chance to deliver on our promise to provide affordable, high-quality healthcare and an experience that’s unmatched in the state of Wisconsin,” says Bernie Sherry, Ascension’s Wisconsin Ministry Market Executive. “The community is really rooting for Ascension Wisconsin as we bring together these legacy ministries.”
Chris Palombo & Greg Pope
For 30 million low-income uninsured people who are disproportionately chronically ill, the need for prescription medications is great. “The mission of the Dispensary of Hope is improved health,” says Chris Palombo, the organization’s CEO. The Dispensary, which provides free medications, is connected to Ascension’s Saint Thomas Health in Tennessee. “It’s a beautiful expression of Ascension’s Mission,” says Greg Pope, Chief Mission and Ministry Officer for Saint Thomas.