Ascension Health

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Ascension Health
Industry Healthcare
Founded 1999
Area served
United States
Key people
Robert J. Henkel, President/CEO and Patricia A. Maryland, Dr.P.H., President, Healthcare Operations and Chief Operating Officer,
Services Hospital management
Number of employees
150,000 (2015)
Parent Ascension

Ascension Health is a faith-based healthcare organization. It is a direct subsidiary of Ascension, the largest non-profit health system in the United States and the world's largest Catholic health system.[1][2][3] Its headquarters are in Edmundson, Missouri, in Greater St. Louis.[4][5] The system has 131 hospitals. Crain's Detroit Business described it as the United States's "largest Catholic health ministry".[6]

In the fiscal year 2014, Ascension provided $1.8 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs.[7]In addition to the Ascension Health healthcare delivery subsidiary, other Ascension subsidiaries provide a variety of services and solutions including physician practice management, venture capital investing, treasury management, biomedical engineering, clinical care management, information services, risk management, and contracting through Ascension’s own group purchasing organization.[8]


Ascension Health was formed in 1999, when the four provinces of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul that were Sponsors of the Daughters of Charity National Health System (now combined into one – the Province of St. Louise), and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Nazareth (now part of the Congregation of St. Joseph), brought their health systems together. In 2002, the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet became the sixth sponsor when its health system became part of Ascension Health.

In September 2011, Ascension Health transitioned to a non-congregational Public Juridic Person (PJP) sole sponsorship model. The PJP is known as Ascension Sponsor and is authorized to carry out a ministry or apostolate in the name of the Catholic Church.[9]


Ascension Health was created on November 1, 1999, by the union of the Daughters of Charity National Health System that was based in St. Louis, Missouri, and the Sisters of St. Joseph Health System that was based in Nazareth, Michigan. In December 2002, Carondelet Health System, which was based in St. Louis, Missouri, merged with Ascension Health.[10] In 2012, Alexian Brothers Health System joined Ascension.[11] In 2013, Marian Health System joined Ascension. The deal added 16 hospitals to Ascension's previous 77.[12]


Ascension Health has more than 1,900 sites of care, including 131 hospitals and more than 30 senior care facilities, across 23 states and Washington, D.C.. Ascension's health ministries have more than 150,000 associates and 35,000 affiliated providers.[8]




District of Columbia[edit]


  • Sacred Heart Hospital of Pensacola
  • Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast
  • Sacred Heart Women's Hospital
  • Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf
  • St. Catherine Labouré Manor (Jacksonville)
  • St. Vincent's Medical Center (Jacksonville)
  • St. Vincent's Medical Center Riverside
  • St. Vincent's Medical Center Southside
  • St. Vincent's Medical Center Clay County
  • Sacred Heart Hospital – Bay Medical Center, Panama City




  • St. Mary's Warrick Hospital
  • St. Mary’s Medical Center
  • St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital
  • St. Vincent Clay Hospital
  • St. Vincent Carmel Hospital
  • St. Vincent Dunn Hospital
  • St. Vincent Mercy Hospital
  • St. Vincent Frankfort Hospital
  • St. Vincent Medical Center Northeast
  • Peyton Manning Children's Hospital at St. Vincent
  • St. Vincent Heart Center of Indiana
  • St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital
  • St. Vincent Seton Specialty Hospital
  • St. Vincent Women's Hospital
  • St. Vincent Jennings Hospital
  • St. Vincent Salem Hospital
  • St. Vincent Williamsport Hospital
  • St. Vincent Randolph Hospital
  • St. Vincent Kokomo Hospital


  • Saint Agnes Hospital



New York[edit]




  • Seton Healthcare Family
  • University Medical Center at Brackenridge – Austin
  • Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas – Austin
  • Seton Medical Center Austin – Austin
  • Seton Edgar B. Davis – Luling
  • Seton Highland Lakes – Burnet
  • Seton Northwest Hospital – Austin
  • Seton Southwest Hospital – Austin
  • Seton Shoal Creek Hospital – Austin
  • Seton Medical Center Williamson – Round Rock
  • Cedar Park Regional Medical Center – Cedar Park
  • Seton Medical Center Hays – Kyle
  • Central Texas Rehabilitation Hospital – Austin
  • Providence Health Center – Waco
  • Seton Smithville Regional Hospital – Smithville
  • Seton Harker Heights Medical Center – Harker Heights


  • Lourdes Medical Center – Pasco


  • Columbia St. Mary's Milwaukee – Milwaukee
  • Columbia St. Mary's Ozaukee – Mequon
  • Orthopaedic Hospital of Wisconsin – Glendale
  • Mercy Medical Hospital – Oshkosh
  • St Elizabeth Hospital – Appleton
  • Calumet Medical Center – Chilton
  • Flambeau Hospital – Park Falls
  • Howard Young Medical Center – Woodruff
  • Ministry Door County Medical Center – Sturgeon Bay
  • Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hospital – Eagle River
  • Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center – Merrill
  • Ministry Our Lady of Victory Hospital – Stanley
  • Ministry Sacred Heart Hospital – Tomahawk
  • Ministry Saint Clare's Hospital – Weston/Wausau
  • Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital – Marshfield
  • Ministry Saint Joseph's Children's Hospital – Marshfield
  • Ministry Saint Mary's Hospital – Rhinelander
  • Ministry Saint Michael's Hospital – Stevens Point


  1. ^ Ascension Health: About Ascension Health
  2. ^ [1] 30 largest non-profit health systems 2014
  3. ^ [2] World's largest catholic hospital system to acquire Rochester Hills hospital
  4. ^ Home page. Ascension Health. Retrieved on July 4, 2013. "4600 Edmundson Road, St. Louis, Missouri 63134"
  5. ^ Doyle, Jim. "Edmundson-based Ascension Health takes over Marian Health System." St. Louis Post-Dispatch. April 1, 2013. Retrieved on July 4, 2013.
  6. ^ Greene, Jay. "New name for St. John Health System." Crain's Detroit Business. March 8, 2010. Retrieved on July 4, 2013.
  7. ^ [3] Financial Report 2014
  8. ^ a b Ascension: About Us
  9. ^ Ascension Health: Sponsoring Organizations
  10. ^ Ascension Health: Sponsorship and History
  11. ^ Alexian Brothers Health System announced plans to join Ascension Health's fold of hospitals
  12. ^ Ascension Health Finalizes Marian Health System Merger

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