Health System President & CEO

Industry: Healthcare


11 - 15 years

Posted 6 days ago

About Us

Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. In FY2017, Ascension provided more than $1.8 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs. Ascension includes approximately 165,000 associates and 34,000 aligned providers. Ascension’s Healthcare Division operates more than 2,600 sites of care – including 153 hospitals and more than 50 senior living facilities – in 22 states and the District of Columbia, while its Solutions Division provides a variety of services and solutions including physician practice management, venture capital investing, investment management, biomedical engineering, facilities management, clinical care management, information services, risk management, and contracting through Ascension’s own group purchasing organization.

Job Description


As Ascension continues our Strategic Direction journey toward high-quality, low-cost, person-centered care for all, the rapidly evolving healthcare environment requires us to accelerate change, engage collaboratively, and work together as an integrated ministry. The President/CEO supports this endeavor through responsibility for overall market strategy and performance delivery. The Position is designed to provide strategic leadership and operational oversight with accountability for advancing Ascension Health's strategic direction, goals, and objectives in the Ministry Market.


As the key interface between Ascension Health and the Ministry Market, the President/CEO provides leadership to the ongoing refinement, measurement, and integration of annual strategic, operational, clinical, financial, and mission-related goals and objectives in a manner which ensures alignment between the Health Ministry and Ascension Health.


The President/CEO collaborates with other Ministry Market Executives and President/CEOs in the development of a System-wide environment which is conducive to collaboration and strategic alignment between all entities, takes advantage of the System's diversity and the provision of value added and responsive shared services, and promotes the widespread sharing of resources and information.


In all of the above, the President/CEO continuously seeks out opportunities for collaboration between the Ministry Market and providers, payers in the state, and other potential partners to provide high value, differentiated services to meet community needs in a sustainable fashion. The President/CEO is also responsible for opportunistically exploring and managing participation in Clinically Integrated Systems of Care.


The President/CEO directly manages the following: Medical Group Leader; Physician Lead for Sites of Care, Head of Strategy and Business Development; Nursing Lead for Sites of Care, Head of Operations and other market-specific senior leadership roles such as Advocacy and the Foundation.

There is a matrix reporting relationship with Ministry-wide Function leaders for Finance, Mission Integration, Communications, Legal and Human Resources:

  • Finance and Communications in-market leaders have a straight-line reporting relationship to the President/CEOs and a dotted line relationship with the Ascension Health Ministry-wide Function Lead

  • Mission Integration in-market leaders have a straight-line reporting relationship to the President/CEO and a dotted line relationship with the Ascension Health Ministry-wide Function Lead and the Regional Ethicist

  • Human Resources and Legal in-market leaders have a straight-line reporting relationship to the Ascension Health Ministry-wide  Function Lead and a dotted line relationship with the President/CEO



  • Determines overall market strategy, including integrated service offering and population strategy (based on community needs assessment) and degree of focus on clinically integrated systems of care
  • Ensures alignment across all operational and functional components in the market (e.g. sites of care, employed medical group, Ministry-wide Functions (i.e., Legal, HR, Communications, Mission Integration, and Finance)  and direct subsidiaries  (e.g., AIS, the Resource Group and Medxcel)
  • Recommends annual Integrated Strategic, Operational and Financial Plan, potential acquisition targets/terms and major capital investment priorities in accordance with System Procedures
  • Determines overall provider recruiting needs
  • As relevant, determines participation in Clinically Integrated Systems of Care
  • Sets accountabilities and drives performance priorities in accordance with key strategies and the broader needs of the Ministry Market. Monitors progress to plans and provides input to make adjustments as needed. Re-prioritizes in response to emerging events and aggressively drives real-time adjustments
  • Represents Ascension Health and the Health Ministry to external parties regarding philanthropy and advocacy/government relations (contributes to national matters as requested)
  • Builds relationships with local government officials, state legislators, and congressional representatives and seeks opportunities to partner with other organizations in influencing legislation. Collaborates to outline position on legislative and regulatory matters and influence legislation
  • In collaboration with Ascension Talent Management, identifies top and emerging talent to meet present and future talent needs. Participates in the development of emerging talent by providing stretch assignments, mentoring, and coaching
  • Ensures differential investment in top talent through retention strategies and succession plans. Ensures positive leadership, virtuous behaviors, and strong talent-management strategies are cascaded through the organization
  • Seen as a leader and advocates in philanthropic efforts. Identifies donors, nurtures relationships and takes a lead role in requests. Identifies potential, future funding sources in strategic planning
  • Ensures the market performance is aligned with Ascension Health's practices and standards of excellence (e.g. Mission Integration, safety/quality, contracting, operations)
  • Facilitates Board member selection; works collaboratively with the Board to shape strategic direction in response to community needs
  • Works with Home Care and Ascension Living leadership to ensure their broader strategies support the market strategy

  • Collaborates with the local and statewide Ascension Medical Group leaders


Ascension is committed to virtuous servant leadership as an essential enabler of our Integrated Ministry, and provides opportunities for leaders to grow in virtue. These behaviors are enabled by trust between and among community members. These virtuous servant leadership capacities are demonstrated in the following expected behaviors which include, but are not limited to:


Maintain a Centered Presence:

  • Ensure effective leadership presence

  • Be open minded and flexible

  • Recognize and suspend inherent personal biases

  • Be mutually supportive

             Commit to Effective Interactions and Decisions:

  • Communicate fully and transparently and listen in a non-defensive posture

  • Recognize that because each leads, each supports, and each follows at different times, my contribution will always be valued but my input will not always be acted upon

  • Be decisive, willing to choose challenge over comfort, even in the face of incomplete information after allowing time for discernment

  • Step-up to disagreements as a way to test one's ways of seeing and thinking with others and find common ground


            Hold Oneself and Others Accountable:

  • Embrace shared goals and take individual responsibility for achieving system vision

  • Proactively identify and resolve divergent priorities to ensure alignment across Ascension

  • Internalize and incorporate successes and failures to drive future performance


Cultivates Partnerships:  Initiates and  maintains  strategic  relationships with stakeholders inside and outside the health ministry (e.g., physicians, politicians and lobbyists, payers, suppliers and community representatives) to advance shared goals; seeks and considers stakeholder perspectives and promotes fairness in dealings with others Leverages Market Opportunities: Uses one's understanding  of key market  drivers to create ministry, community and patient service opportunities and/or expand into new markets or innovative  patient services


Sets Ministry Strategy: Establishes and commits to a long-term strategic direction after considering clinical and financial data, resources, market drivers, and impact on mission, vision and core values; takes responsibility for the collective ministry strategy; anticipates and responds to shifts within the market, technology, or policy environment that influence the delivery, management, and financing of healthcare Achieves Values Based Results: Sets high goals, consistent with our values, for personal and group accomplishment; tenaciously works to meet or exceed those goals; measures progress and derives satisfaction from goal achievement and continuous improvement


Models and Demonstrates Integrity: Genuinely cares about people especially the poor and vulnerable; communicates openly and honestly to foster trust relationships among colleagues and those we serve; recognizes and understands that leadership is a Call to Serve Others and that this service is a Commitment to Life; fosters personal growth and demonstrates reverence


Leads Organization Change:  Seeks (and encourages others to seek) innovative ways to improve results by transforming organizational culture, systems, or products/services; adapts strategically to emerging market demands, technology, and internal initiatives



Required experiences include the following:

  • Medical Degree or Master’s Degree in Business, Finance, Healthcare Administration, Public Health, Public Policy or relevant field

  • A minimum of ten years of progressive, senior level leadership with operations or strategic planning experience in a complex healthcare organization within the context of a larger system, with a track record of having met financial, operational and other organizational goals

 The successful candidate will also have the following personal skills and attributes:

  • Experience in board relations, financial management, capital and operating budgets, community relations, fund raising, politics, patient care and other related areas

  • Demonstrated capability in leading the development of collaborative relationships with internal and external constituents in order to create value for all

  • A strategic thinker who knows how to interpret the evolving healthcare environment and advantageously position an organization

  • Strong operational, negotiating, and strategic decision-making skills with the ability to understand and define markets, customers, and develop plans to grow market share

  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills which are equally effective with large and small audiences, on a one-on-one level and to a wide range of constituencies.


The position’s physical demands and work environment include:

  • While performing the duties described above, the associate is regularly required to sit or stand for long periods of time. Associate is required to use computer for extended periods of time. 

  • Must be able and willing to work sometimes long and/or irregular hours and to accommodate moderate travel

Equal Employment Opportunity

Job ID: 264348