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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. Joseph Cacchione
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
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.”