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Ascension Healthcare president, CEO Robert Henkel stepping down

Ascension is forming new consulting subsidiary that will provide forum for former Ascension leadership to contribute.

Jeff Lagasse, Associate Editor

Robert Henkel-President/CEO, Ascension HealthcareRobert Henkel-President/CEO, Ascension Healthcare

After more than a decade with the system, Robert Henkel will retire from Ascension, the country's largest faith-based nonprofit healthcare system, on July 1, officially stepping down as executive vice president of Ascension, and president and CEO of Ascension Healthcare.

Those roles will be filled by Patricia Maryland, who is currently serving as president of healthcare operations and chief operating officer of Ascension Healthcare. She'll assume responsibility for Ascension's Healthcare Division, encompassing more than 141 hospitals, and 2,500 sites of care spanning 24 states, as well as Washington D.C.

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In addition, Ascension is forming a new subsidiary, Ascension Consulting Network. Through this initiative, retired senior leaders from the company's national health ministry, including Henkel, may continue to contribute in various capacities.

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Henkel earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Union College in Schenectady, New York, and a master's degree in public health from the University of Pittsburgh. In 2004, he assumed operational responsibility for all of Ascension Health, serving as president of healthcare operations and chief operating officer.

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Maryland received a bachelor's degree in applied mathematics from Alabama State University, Montgomery, and a master's degree in biostatistics from the University of California, Berkeley. She holds a doctorate of public health from the University of Pittsburgh, concentrating in health services administration and planning.

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