Ascension Health

Ascension Health
Industry Healthcare
Founded 1999
Headquarters Edmundson, Missouri, USA
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]





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  1. Ascension Health: About Ascension Health
  2. 30 largest non-profit health systems 2014
  3. 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. "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-06-16. Retrieved 2015-06-15. Financial Report 2014
  8. 1 2 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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