A collection of past Good Day Ascension and Inspiration for the Ride Home Podcasts.
It’s Easter Week! It’s a time to celebrate, a time for joy, for hope, for gratitude.
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“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.”
Ascension’s Columbia St. Mary’s, Ministry Health Care, Affinity Health System and Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare are coming together as Ascension because “it gives us the best chance to deliver on our promise to provide affordable, high-quality healthcare and an experience that’s unmatched in the state of Wisconsin,” says Bernie Sherry, Ascension’s Wisconsin Ministry Market Executive. “The community is really rooting for Ascension Wisconsin as we bring together these legacy ministries.”
Chris Palombo & Greg Pope
For 30 million low-income uninsured people who are disproportionately chronically ill, the need for prescription medications is great. “The mission of the Dispensary of Hope is improved health,” says Chris Palombo, the organization’s CEO. The Dispensary, which provides free medications, is connected to Ascension’s Saint Thomas Health in Tennessee. “It’s a beautiful expression of Ascension’s Mission,” says Greg Pope, Chief Mission and Ministry Officer for Saint Thomas.
Dr. David Pryor
“It’s a privilege to work in Ascension with the outstanding caregivers and providers across our system,” says David Pryor, MD, Ascension’s Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer. “What I try to do is unleash the creativity, the power, the spirit of the caregivers across our system to provide the highest quality of care that we can.”
“Formation programs and formation opportunities are really about developing the whole person,” says Celeste Mueller, D.Min., Ascension’s Vice President, Spiritual and Theological Formation. “We provide opportunities throughout Ascension for intentional reflective experiences and practices that will help form us to be people who are Mission-focused, capable and flourishing.”
Ascension’s Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing and Communications Officer Nick Ragone says he gets the question all the time – what does the journey to One Ascension mean? “It means really integrating how we operate as a ministry,” Nick says. “It’s taking advantage of all the talent and gifts of our associates across the country, and bringing them together in community.”
“The way care is being provided is changing… and we can learn from each other,” says Bob Henkel, Executive Vice President, Ascension, and President and CEO, Ascension Health. “The talent we have across this ministry allows us to solve problems faster and continue to improve both the quality and the cost of the care that we are providing.”
Mark Barner & Gerry Lewis
A Chief Information Officer (CIO) is “ultimately responsible for all the technology that’s delivered to the organization,” says Mark Barner, who is retiring as Ascension’s CIO and as President of Ascension Information Services, to be replaced on an interim basis by his colleague Gerry Lewis. “And in the case of Ascension, that’s very expansive.”
April 2016Ascension’s Community Health Needs Assessment “engages real people in the community – the providers, the social agencies – and together we identify the barriers and the issues that are keeping people from reaching their greatest health,” says Amy Freeman, Ascension’s President and CEO of Community Health. “Are we improving the health of the community?”
March 2016“My advocacy role on the federal, state and local level helps me … as a Family Nurse Practitioner working with the uninsured and the underinsured … to tell the stories of my patients, of their families, of their struggles,” says Nancy Anness, MSN, APN, FNP-BC, of Ascension’s Saint Thomas Health in Nashville, Tennessee.
Dr. Ann Hendrich
February 2016“The level of expertise, the commitment and the passion for care present in all of our ministries and those who touch patients – that’s what excites me about Ascension,” says Ann Hendrich, PhD, RN, FAAN, Ascension Health’s Senior Vice President and Chief Quality/Safety/PSO and Nursing Officer.
Sr. Maureen McGuire, DC
January 2016“Helping all of those who are part of this ministry find their connection, their meaning, in a way that enables them to really flourish, use their gifts, know what the meaning is of their work – that’s just exciting all the time,” says Sr. Maureen McGuire, DC, Ascension’s Executive Vice President, Mission Integration.