Ministry Health Care joins Ascension Health

Posted on Apr 1, 2013 :: Insight on Business, Web Exclusive.
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 Ministry Health Care, as a part of the Marian Health System, has joined Ascension Health, the largest Catholic and largest nonprofit health system in the nation. Marian Health System reached an agreement effective today with St. Louis-based Ascension Health Alliance, parent organization of Ascension Health.

Ministry has a presence throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota with 15 hospitals, 46 clinics and nearly 12,000 employees, including in Appleton, Chilton, Oshkosh and Sturgeon Bay. Recently, Ministry Health Care assumed sole sponsorship of northeast Wisconsin’s Affinity Health System.

“We are pleased to become part of Ascension Health. This relationship will support and enhance Ministry’s efforts in delivering high-quality patient care in the communities we serve,” said Nick Desien, president and CEO of Ministry Health Care. “This affiliation joins Ministry and our two sister systems in Marian into Ascension Health, an innovative organization with a like-minded commitment to our mission, our communities, as well as a focus on providing safe, holistic, person-centered care.”

Nick Desien, in addition to his role as president and chief executive officer of Ministry Health Care, also will be Ascension Health Ministry Market Leader for Wisconsin, Kansas and Oklahoma.

Additionally, Sister Therese Gottschalk, who has served as president and chief executive officer of Marian Health System, also will be executive advisor to the president and chief executive officer of Ascension Health.

Ministry Health Care, which includes the recently acquired Affinity Health System, is an integrated healthcare delivery system that reaches more than 1 million people in Wisconsin and Minnesota.