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Inspiration for the Ride Home

Offered as a gift to all, Inspiration for the Ride Home podcasts are designed to help you transition between work and your other priorities – renewing yourself and your relationships. A new podcast will be available weekly.

Beauty From Flaws

Remember, in God’s great economy, nothing goes to waste.

It Pays to Know the Purpose of the Race

Consider what it would take to win a "slow cycling race," which author Ravi Zacharias used to enjoy growing up in his native India.

Bringing Significance to Our Work

Did you know that William Zinsser, one of America's most esteemed writers and literary critics, despaired at his own writing as a cub reporter?

Inch by Inch

The popular children’s song by David Mallet offers inspiration for planting seeds on the soil of your life.

Whatever You Do, Do to the Glory of God

An Ascension chaplain shares the belief of his brother, the author of Every Stop Has A Story (Schuler Books, 2016), that all work is God’s work. 

Self-Awareness and Self-Management

Here’s a simple practice to help when change brings stress.

Everything is a Gift

Sometimes the best insights we receive are the insights we find at home.

The Opening of Eyes

The poet David Whyte reminds us how much of life passes us by unseen.

Love is...

A reflection on love from 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

A Baby's Hug

A mother is reminded that “to enter the Kingdom of God, we must become as little children.”

The Choice in Every Moment

Remember: the only life we actually have is the life we have in the moment.

Don't Just Do Something. Stand There.

Behavioral psychologist Dan Ariely reflects on Rabbi Jonathan Sacks answer to the question, “If just one commandment, which one?”


A reflection from the late Jerry Kearney, a much-loved Ascension mission leader, encourages us to learn how to wait.

A Moment of Awakening

Have you considered that “to love is to pay attention?”

Recognizing the Humanity in Others

In this story from World War II, the hero is a Japanese diplomat, Chiune Sugihara.

Words Matter

Consider how healing can come through your words.

A Prayer for Peace and Understanding

A prayer for our time coming to us from the 6th century Chinese philosopher Lao-tse.

Saying Thank You

Archbishop Wuerl’s “thank you” is a reminder of the meaning of our work and the importance of saying thank you to those around us.

Putting Things Back Together

Archbishop Wuerl says Jesus left to us his healing work, his work of putting things back together again.

Being God’s Presence

Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the Archbishop of Washington, explains how Catholic healthcare is a manifestation of God’s loving, healing presence.


What is the meaning of grace? 


“The boat I travel in is called Surrender,” says the poet Balbir Matbur.

Taking Time to Dream

How many of us remember that God is found in our deepest, best desires?

I am Humbled

Think about your day as you hear this chaplain’s prayer, written by Linda C. Moore.

Not Having the Last Word

Looking for a new spiritual practice?

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Good Day Ascension

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.

Joseph Cacchione

Dr. Joseph Cacchione

July 2017

“We really want to be the preferred place for providers to practice medicine, and that people will seek us out because of the environment we’re creating for providers,” says Joseph Cacchione, MD, FACC, who became President of Ascension Medical Group in April. “This is an organization that is very Mission-focused. It is our guidestar…. I have been so impressed with how the Mission is part of every discussion we have with doctors. They really do believe in the Mission of Ascension.”

Karen Springer

Karen Springer

June 2017

“I believe God really has called me to be able to be in this place at this time,” says Karen Springer, Senior Vice President, Ascension Healthcare and Tennessee Ministry Market Executive. “Because of my clinical background, I relate to our clinicians who say that this is hard work – I understand it’s hard work – but I think that is why we’re here…. We’re blessed to be part of Ascension, who believes in this work.”

Scott Caldwell

Scott Caldwell

May 2017

“The Resource Group is here to serve and manage the supply chain, and the operations, logistics and contracting on behalf of all of the providers and caregivers across Ascension,” says Scott Caldwell, The Resource Group’s President and CEO. “The ‘why we do what we do’ is singularly focused – it is to support the Mission of Ascension.”

Tamarah Duperval-Brownlee

Dr. Tamarah Duperval-Brownlee

April 2017

“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.”

Gwen MacKenzie

Gwen MacKenzie

March 2017

“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.”


Tom VanOsdol

February 2017

“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.”

Matt Hermann

Matt Hermann

January 2017

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.” 

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