In 2018, Ascension adopted our Advanced Strategic Direction, reaffirming our ministry’s commitment to provide Healthcare That Works, Healthcare That Is Safe, and Healthcare That Leaves No One Behind, for Life, while embracing a Dual Transformation strategy with a new perspective that reflects the rapidly evolving healthcare environment.

Looking ahead to 2025 and beyond, Ascension recognizes that the people we serve will have new expectations for how they want to access and receive care. Rising costs and regulatory complexity are driving integration. New competitors are entering the healthcare market. We are rapidly evolving to lead those changes.

Ascension’s 2025 Aspiration calls us to work in partnership with individuals and communities to improve their health and well-being and to extend our impact on behalf of those we serve – to advance from our historical strategic focus on healthcare to an expanded focus on healthcare and health. We will advance our work around five broad goals: Health of Communities; Quality and Safety; Access and Affordability; Superior Experience; and Reach and Impact.

To realize our 2025 Aspiration and achieve our goals, Ascension will pursue a Dual Transformation strategy – in short, optimizing and transforming core healthcare operations while also creating new, transformational models that provide an engine for growing our ministry and its impact.

Within this Dual Transformation strategy, Ascension has identified five strategic objectives:

  • Geographic Reach – expanding and enhancing Ascension’s presence;
  • Ascension Impact – stabilizing and optimizing performance;
  • Holistic Health Models – improving the health of individuals and communities;
  • Solutions Expansion – helping other organizations improve their performance; and
  • Personalized Services – empowering people to navigate their health journey.

Our Advanced Strategic Direction provides the transformational strategic agenda that will enable Ascension to continue to deliver on our Mission commitment while ensuring a vibrant, sustainable health ministry for the future.