Ascension Michigan Governance Structure Combines Local Accountability and State/National Value

Aug 25, 2015, 10:21 ET from Ascension Health

DETROIT, Aug. 25, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The health systems that comprise the Michigan footprint of Ascension, the largest nonprofit health system in the U.S. and the world's largest Catholic health care system, have unified their previously separate Boards of Trustees to create a state-wide governance structure. The move will benefit patient care by ensuring high-quality, compassionate, personalized care, combined with the efficiencies and flexibility necessary to operate in an increasingly challenging health care environment.

The Ascension Michigan Market Board of Trustees brings together individuals representing the communities served by Ascension's health ministries across the state – St. John Providence in southeast Michigan, Borgess Health in western Michigan and Genesys Health System/St. Mary's of Michigan/St. Joseph Health System in mid-Michigan. The result is one governing body that will help the Ascension Michigan Market better take advantage of and contribute to the clinical leadership and business strength of Ascension. The structure also calls for the appointment of a Hospital Board for each of the regional health ministries – St. John Providence, Borgess Health and Genesys Health System/St. Mary's of Michigan/St. Joseph Health System – to provide continuity with the communities where these health systems have deep historical roots.

"The Market Board will provide direction and vision across the entire state, ensuring consistent focus on creating integrated networks of care as part of our national health ministry," said Gwen MacKenzie, Senior  Vice President, Ascension Health, and Michigan Market Executive.  Ascension Health is the healthcare delivery subsidiary of Ascension. "This configuration makes it far easier to leverage the benefits of being a national system with common goals, practices and standards."

"The structure intentionally entrusts our local hospital boards with accountability for Job #1 – the patient experience, including quality and safety assurance; and commitment to fulfilling our mission of service that is spiritually based and focused on body, mind and spirit," said newly-installed Michigan Market Board Chair James Van Tiflin, who previously served on the St. Mary's of Michigan board in Saginaw and Standish.  "Just as important, this structure allows us to benefit from the leadership of local community members and physicians whose hard work built and supported their health systems over the years."

Following is a list of all participants in the Ascension Michigan Governance Structure:

Michigan Market Board of Trustees

Karen Aldridge-Eason, Flint

John Anderson, Troy

Tom Birkett, Standish

Michael Busch, AuGres

Jim Devlin, Kalamazoo

Jim Giordano, Troy

Betty Granger, CSJ, Warren

Gwen MacKenzie, Ex-officio, Warren

James Van Tiflin, Board Chair, Freeland


West Michigan Hospital Board

Beth Brutsche, Battle Creek

Charles Burling, DDS, Dowagiac

Sanjay Dalal, MD,  Kalamazoo

Gary Druskovich, MD, Kalamazoo

Mary Ellen Gondeck, CSJ,  Nazareth

Jim Hettinger,  Battle Creek

Joni Knapper,  Richland

Albert Little, Kalamazoo 

Jerry Love, Board Chair, Portage

Susan Pozo, PhD, Portage

Mary Slater, MD, Kalamazoo

Mirjana Stancic, MD, Ex-officio, Kalamazoo

Kathy Young, Ex-officio, Kalamazoo


Southeast Michigan Hospital Board 

Xavier Ballance, DC, Southfield

Jim Cole, Harrison Township

Christine Crader, MD, Grosse Pointe

Issac Grinberg, MD, Southfield

Marita Grobbel, Grosse Pointe Woods

Jean Meyer, Ex-officio, Warren

Christine Parks, CSJ, Nazareth

John Reeves, Southfield

Steve Rivera, DO, Southfield

Kathy Ryan, Farmington Hills

James Sawyer, New Baltimore

John Smith, Board Chair, Metamora

Dave Stephens, Grosse Pointe Farms

Mid-Michigan Hospital Board

Muhammad Aboudan, MD, Grand Blanc 

Betsy Aderholdt, Ex-officio, Grand Blanc

Jim Boles, Grand Blanc

John Freel, Board Chair, Tawas City

Paul Furlo,  Saginaw

Todd Gregory, Saginaw

Albert Harvey, Saginaw

Richard Heinrich, AuGres

Jamie Hresko, Flushing

Bob Maganti, MD, Saginaw

Deb Morgan, AuGres

Mark Piper, Fenton

Jo Studley-May, MD, East Tawas


About Ascension Michigan
Ascension Michigan includes Borgess Health in Kalamazoo, Genesys Health System in Grand Blanc, St. John Providence in Metro Detroit, St. Joseph Health System in Tawas, and St. Mary's of Michigan in Saginaw and Standish. Together, the health systems employ more than 25,000 associates and are a major economic driver in the state, with $1.5 billion in payroll each year. In fiscal year 2014, Ascension Michigan provided more than $263 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty.

About Ascension
Ascension ( is a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world's largest Catholic health system, Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all persons with special attention to those who are struggling the most.  In FY2014, Ascension provided $1.8 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs. More than 150,000 associates and 35,000 affiliated providers serve in 1,900 sites of care – including 131 hospitals and more than 30 senior care facilities – in 24 states and the District of Columbia. In addition to healthcare delivery, 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.

SOURCE Ascension Health