2018-06-07 / News

Ascension makes renewed commitment to local Michigan health systems

Following a thorough and prayerful discernment process to determine the best way to ensure a successful future for St. Mary’s of Michigan in Saginaw, including St. Mary’s of Michigan in Standish, and St. Joseph Health System in Tawas City, Ascension is making a renewed commitment to the growth and success of these health systems, their leaders and their associates as part of Ascension Michigan.

“During our discernment we reviewed options including partnering with other organizations in the operation of the three health systems as well as transitioning them to different systems,” said Patricia A. Maryland, Dr.PH, executive vice president, Ascension, and president and chief executive officer, Ascension Healthcare. “However, we determined that retaining and investing in these health systems will best serve them, their associates and physicians, the communities they serve, and our integrated national health ministry.

“When I assumed the position of interim ministry market executive for Ascension Michigan a few weeks ago, I was eager to join this discernment process, and I’m excited to share that as part of our renewed commitment we are planning an infusion of $50 million in capital spending and resources to ensure these hospitals and related services are equipped to meet the evolving needs of those we are privileged to serve,” said Joseph Cacchione, MD, FACC, interim ministry market executive, Ascension Michigan, and president, Ascension Medical Group. “We also have begun planning for the transition to the unified Ascension identity for both St. Mary’s of Michigan communities and St. Joseph in Tawas as part of our national branding work.

“I am especially grateful for the continued dedication to providing compassionate, personalized care by our associates and physicians as this process has unfolded,” he said. “They have kept our patients, their families and the community foremost in their minds, and we appreciate their commitment to our shared mission. We look forward to advancing that mission with them.”

Betsy Aderholdt, interim Mid- Michigan Northern Ministries president, who had returned to Ascension from her retirement during the discernment process, has agreed to remain in her position while a national search is conducted for a new leader for the Ascension Mid-Michigan Northern Ministries.

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