Todd S. Kennedy has been named president of Providence Health System, part of the Ascension Gulf Coast Ministry Market in Mobile, Alabama.

Kennedy has served Providence since February 2012 as executive vice president and chief operating officer. He came to Providence from Ascension's St. Vincent's Health System in Birmingham, where he served for six years as president and Chief Operating Officer of St. Vincent's East, a 328-bed acute care hospital. Prior to his tenure at St. Vincent's East, Kennedy was a member of the administrative leadership teams at Vaughan Regional Medical Center and Brookwood Medical Center.

"Todd is an exceptional, experienced healthcare leader with a deep commitment to the mission and values of Ascension and Providence Health System," said Susan Davis, Senior Vice President, Ascension Health/Gulf Coast Ministry Market Executive.

"I'm excited about this opportunity to contribute to the growth of Providence Health System, which has served our community for over 160 years," Kennedy said.

"Todd Kennedy has been a valued and impactful member of the senior leadership team of Providence Health System, and this is a natural progression for him and Providence," said L. Page Stalcup, chair of the Providence Health System Board of Directors. "We are very fortunate to have such a talented individual who is committed to our mission, ministry and community to be the president of Providence Health System."

Kennedy received his Master of Science in Health Administration and Master of Business Administration from University of Alabama at Birmingham. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Administration from Auburn University. He participates on the boards of numerous community organizations and serves as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Alabama.

Kennedy replaces Clark P. Christianson, who is retiring after almost 15 years as the 29th president of the Providence health ministry. Under his leadership, Providence Hospital has become the quality leader in the region, and the Providence Physician Network has grown to 14 practice locations offering primary and specialty care in southwest Alabama and southeast Mississippi. Christianson has also served as chair of the Alabama Hospital Association, on the board of directors for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, and in leadership positions with the American Hospital Association.

"We wish Clark Christianson health and happiness in his retirement and thank him for his years of exceptional service to Providence and the community," Davis said.​