Ascension announces leadership changes, CEO departure

Three executives at Ascension, a nonprofit health system based in St. Louis, are departing from their roles, Ascension President and CEO Anthony Tersigni, EdD, FACHE, said in an announcement.

CEO of Ascension Healthcare, Patricia Maryland, DrPH, will remain in her role through June 30 before departing. On July 1, Ascension Healthcare will eliminate the role of CEO entirely. Maryland will focus her work primarily in Washington, D.C., to support the hospital transition from acute care to a community-based health village model.

Joseph Impicciche, JD, MHA, will step into the newly created role of president and COO. He has served as executive vice president and general counsel of Ascension since 2004.

In addition, John Doyle, executive vice president of the health system, will retire at the end of the fiscal year. David Pryor, MD, Ascencion’s chief clinical officer, will also retire at the end of the fiscal year, according to the announcement.

The healthcare organization is also taking other steps to restructure its leadership “to create stronger connections and greater alignment between its strategic vision and its ability to effectively implement its Advanced Strategic Direction,” according to Tersigni.

The leadership change comes nearly a year after CEO Maryland stated she spent much of her time working on leadership development.