ST. LOUIS, Mo., Oct. 17 Ascension Health, the nation's largest Catholic and nonprofit health system, has named Elliot Joseph Senior Executive effective January 1, 2008. In his new role, Joseph will develop future international healthcare opportunities for Ascension Health and provide leadership in implementing the work of the Board Education and Development Task Force.
"This is an important area of strategic focus for Ascension Health, and one that will benefit greatly from Elliot's leadership," Robert J. Henkel, FACHE, President, Healthcare Operations and Chief Operating Officer, Ascension Health. "In this new position, Elliot will identify new international strategies for carrying out Ascension Health's Mission while helping on the domestic side by sharing his expertise in strengthening the Boards of Trustees at our local Health Ministries. It is the right time for this work and the right leadership will be vital to fully carrying out our Mission to serve all, with special attention to the poor and vulnerable."
"I'm very excited about this new opportunity within Ascension Health," said Elliot Joseph, Senior Executive. "I am extraordinarily proud of our accomplishments at St. John Health. It is a fantastic organization and an essential element of the health care safety net for the Detroit region. I have the highest regard for the outstanding physicians and associates who make St. John Health a great place. As I take on this new responsibility, I look forward to leading Ascension Health in implementing its new governance strategy and realizing its Vision in the global market."
During his nearly seven year CEO tenure for St. John Health, Joseph has created a vibrant and inspiring strategic vision and focus. Evidence of his success includes being recognized as one of the Top 100 Integrated Health Care Delivery Systems in America, recognition as a Top 100 Hospital by Solucient, recognition by US News and World Report for top specialty programs, and recent recognition by AARP as one of the top 50 employers in America for people 50 years and older. His efforts to introduce best business practices, including culture change, Six Sigma and Lean Methodology, have led to steady operational performance improvement. His advocacy efforts also resulted in the approval of a new hospital in Novi, Michigan.
"It's hard to see a strong leader like Elliot go," said Alphonse Lucarelli, Chair, St. John Health Board of Trustees. "However, we understand this is a unique opportunity for him. He has served both St. John Health and the Detroit community well and we wish him all the best as he broadens his scope to the international level."
Lucarelli announced that the St. John Health Board of Trustees and Ascension Health have named Patricia Maryland, Dr.P.H. as the President and CEO of St. John Health.
"Dr. Maryland was recently named the Ascension Health Ministry Market Leader for Michigan," said Lucarelli. "In that capacity, she is responsible for the strategic positioning and operational performance of Ascension Health's five Health Ministries in communities across Michigan. We are thrilled that she has agreed to lead St. John Health as President and CEO in addition to those duties."
Maryland will have dual reporting responsibilities to the St. John Health Board of Trustees and to Chief Operating Officer Henkel of Ascension Health. "The Ministry Market Leaders model has been very successful in allowing us to recognize and work with the uniqueness of a given geographic market while moving forward with important Systemwide initiatives," Henkel said.
Maryland has been serving as Ministry Market Leader for Michigan since September 15. She is one of nine such Ministry Market Leaders who guide Ascension Health operations throughout the System. In addition to their Ministry Market Leader r