Bernie Sherry joined Ascension Wisconsin as our Ministry Market Executive in April 2016. Bernie led the integration of Ascension Wisconsin’s four legacy health systems to provide one integrated faith-based healthcare system the communities we’re privileged to serve across the state.
Prior to joining Ascension Wisconsin, Bernie served as Chief Operating Officer of Saint Thomas Health in Nashville, TN. Throughout his more than 15 years with Saint Thomas, Bernie has been committed to the Ascension Mission and Strategic Direction promise to deliver Healthcare That Works, Healthcare That Is Safe, and Healthcare That Leaves No One Behind, for Life. He is a valued member of the Ascension leadership community and a member of the Executive Ministry Leadership formation program.
Previously Bernie served as Executive Vice President System Integration, Saint Thomas Health, and President and CEO of Saint Thomas Midtown and West hospitals. Earlier, as President and CEO of Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital beginning in 2003, he focused on building a culture of high reliability, resulting in strong operational results. In 2013 he led operational and strategic integration of the West and Midtown hospitals as Saint Thomas Health created a unified identity across the region. Bernie joined Saint Thomas Health in 2000, first serving as Vice President of Managed Care.
Bernie is active in many community initiatives, and currently serves on local boards for the Metropolitan Milwaukee Area of Commerce, Greater Milwaukee Committee, Network Health, and the Wisconsin Hospital Association.