Ascension Health

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Industry Healthcare
Founded 1999
Headquarters Edmundson, Missouri, USA
Area served
United States
Key people
Anthony R. Tersigni, EdD, FACHE, President and CEO
Services Hospital management
Number of employees
150,000 (2015)
Divisions Services, Solutions

Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. It is the largest non-profit health system in the United States and the world's largest Catholic health system.[1] Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. Its headquarters are in Edmundson, Missouri, part of the Greater St. Louis metropolitan area.[2]

In FY2016, Ascension provided more than $1.8 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs. Ascension includes approximately 150,000 associates and 36,000 aligned providers. Ascension’s Healthcare Division operates 2,500 sites of care – including 141 hospitals and more than 30 senior living facilities – in 24 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.


Ascension 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 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.[3]


Ascension 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 .[4] In 2012, Alexian Brothers Health System joined Ascension.[5] In 2013, Marian Health System joined Ascension.[6]In October 2017, Ascension deposited $23 million in to the Lewis - Clark Valley Healthcare Foundation.[7]


Ascension includes approximately 150,000 associates and 36,000 aligned providers. Ascension’s Healthcare Division operates 2,500 sites of care – including 141 hospitals and more than 30 senior living facilities – in 24 states and the District of Columbia.




  • Daughters of Charity Services of Arkansas


  • St. Vincent's Health Services

District of Columbia[edit]


  • Sacred Heart Health System
    • Sacred Heart Hospital of Pensacola
    • Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast
    • Sacred Heart Women's Hospital
    • Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf
    • Sacred Heart Hospital - Bay Medical Center, Panama City
  • St. Vincent's HealthCare
    • 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


  • St. Vincent's HealthCare


  • Alexian Brothers Health System


  • St. Vincent Health
    • St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital
    • St. Vincent Carmel Hospital
    • St. Vincent Clay Hospital
    • St. Vincent Dunn Hospital
    • St. Vincent Evansville (formerly St. Mary's Medical Center)
    • St. Vincent Fishers Hospital
    • St. Vincent Heart Center of Indiana
    • St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital
    • St. Vincent Jennings Hospital
    • St. Vincent Kokomo Hospital
    • St. Vincent Mercy Hospital
    • St. Vincent Randolph Hospital
    • St. Vincent Salem Hospital
    • St. Vincent Seton Specialty Hospital
    • St. Vincent Stress Center
    • St. Vincent Warrick Hospital in Boonville
    • St. Vincent Williamsport Hospital
    • St. Vincent Women’s Hospital
    • Peyton Manning Children's Hospital
    • Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana


  • Via Christi Health
  • Villa St. Joseph


  • Saint Thomas Health


  • Daughters of Charity Services of New Orleans


  • Saint Agnes HealthCare
  • St. Joseph's Ministries


  • Borgess Health
    • Borgess Medical Center
    • Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital
    • Borgess-Pipp Hospital
    • Borgess at Woodbridge Hills
    • Borgess Health Park (Battle Creek, MI)
  • Crittenton Hospital Medical Center
  • Genesys Health System
  • St. John Providence Health System
    • St. John Hospital & Medical Center
    • St. John River District Hospital
    • Providence-Providence Park Hospital - Novi Campus (Providence Park)
    • Providence-Providence Park Hospital - Southfield Campus (Providence)
    • St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital - Warren Campus (Macomb)
    • St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital - Madison Heights Campus (Oakland)
  • St. Mary's of Michigan


  • Saint Elizabeth's Medical Center - Wabasha


  • Providence Health System


  • Alexian Brothers of Missouri
  • Carondelet Manor
  • Seton Center
  • St. Mary's Manor

New York[edit]

  • Catholic Health
  • Lourdes Hospital
    • St. Mary's Hospital (Amsterdam, New York)
    • St. Mary's Hospital (Troy, New York)


  • St. John Health System
    • St. John Medical Center
    • Jane Phillips Medical Center
    • St. John Broken Arrow
    • St. John Owasso
    • St. John Sapulpa
    • Jane Phillips Nowata Health Center


  • Seton Manor



  • Centro San Vincente
  • Daughters of Charity Services of San Antonio
  • Nazareth Living Care Center
  • Providence Healthcare Network
  • Seton Healthcare Family
    • 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
    • Seton Medical Center Hays – Kyle
    • Seton Smithville Regional Hospital – Smithville
    • Seton Harker Heights Medical Center – Harker Heights
    • Dell Children's Medical Center; Austin
    • Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas; Austin


  • Lourdes Health Network
    • Lourdes Medical Center – Pasco


  • Affinity Health Services/Affinity Medical Group[8]
  • Wheaton Elmbrook Hospital; Brookfield
  • Wheaton St. Joseph's Hospital; Milwaukee
  • Wheaton St. Francis Hospital: Milwaukee
  • Wheaton Franklin Hospital: Franklin
  • All Saints Wheaton Franciscan; Racine
  • Alexian Village of Wisconsin
  • Columbia St. Mary's
    • Columbia St. Mary's Milwaukee; Milwaukee
    • Columbia St. Mary's Ozaukee; Mequon
  • Ministry Health Care
    • 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
    • Ministry Howard Young Medical Center, Woodruff


  1. ^ [1] World's largest catholic hospital system to acquire Rochester Hills hospital
  2. ^ Home page. Ascension. Retrieved on July 4, 2013. "4600 Edmundson Road, St. Louis, Missouri 63134"
  3. ^ Ascension Health: Sponsoring Organizations
  4. ^ Ascension Health: Sponsorship and History
  5. ^ Alexian Brothers Health System announced plans to join Ascension Health's fold of hospitals
  6. ^ Ascension Health Finalizes Marian Health System Merger
  7. ^ Tribune, ELAINE WILLIAMS of the. "Former owner of Lewiston hospital puts $23 million in nonprofit's account". The Lewiston Tribune. Retrieved 2017-10-30. 
  8. ^ "Wisconsin Catholic Healthcare Systems Unify as Ascension". Retrieved 2017-03-01. 

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