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Ascension Healthcare CEO Pat Maryland, two other key executives, are leaving health system

The position of CEO of Ascension Healthcare will be eliminated effective July 1.

Susan Morse, Managing Editor

Pat Maryland, John Doyle and David Pryor are leaving Ascension.Pat Maryland, John Doyle and David Pryor are leaving Ascension.

Ascension Healthcare CEO Patricia Maryland and executives John Doyle and Dr. David Pryor are leaving the health system, according to President and CEO Anthony R. Tersigni.

Maryland, who is leaving effective June 30, stepped into her CEO post on July 1, 2017, replacing Robert Henkel. She decided to leave after serving for 15 years within the health ministry, Tersigni said.

The position of CEO of Ascension Healthcare, a division of Ascension, is being eliminated effective July 1, according to Tersigni.

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Tersigni will remain CEO of Ascension, but the title of president will go to Joseph R. Impicciche, who will serve in the newly created role of Ascension president and chief operating officer. Impicciche will have oversight of both healthcare operations and services and will report to Tersigni.

Impicciche has served as executive vice president and general counsel of Ascension since 2004. He also has had executive-level oversight responsibility for Ascension Care Management.

During her remaining tenure, Maryland is primarily focusing her work in Washington, D.C., and Wisconsin to support hospital transitions from acute care to a new, community-based health village model.


Ascension announced the changes to its operational structure and leadership accountabilities to create stronger connections and greater alignment between its strategic vision and its ability to effectively implement its Advanced Strategic Direction, according to a released statement.


Maryland, Doyle and Pryor have made tremendous contributions to the success of Ascension Health over its 19-year history, Tersigni  said.

Doyle will retire from Ascension effective the end of this fiscal year, June 30, after a career marked by leading the development of its strategic direction and of key innovations and new approaches in serving communities.

Pryor will retire from Ascension at the end of this fiscal year, capping his leadership of industry-leading transformational efforts to improve patient safety and clinical quality.


"Ascension has been blessed by their leadership and presence, and we wish them all the best as they prepare to leave Ascension," Tersigni said.

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