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Published on August 27, 2015

St. Vincent's in Jacksonville announces Michael Schatzlein as new CEO

By Drew Dixon, Florida Times-Union

St. Vincent’s HealthCare in Jacksonville has named Michael Schatzlein as its new CEO.

St. Vincent’s officials announced Schatzlein will replace Moody Chisholm, who left the health care facility in March when he became regional vice president of Intermountain Healthcare’s central region in Salt Lake City.

Schatzlein is taking over the St. Vincent’s executive post after serving as president and CEO of St. Thomas Health in Nashville, Tenn. He was CEO there for five years.

The move to Jacksonville is an inner-company move for Schatzlein. St. Thomas is owned by the same company that owns St. Vincent’s, the Ascension Health Network. Schatzlein is also a heart transplant surgeon.

Following Chisholm’s sudden departure from St. Vincent’s, the organization’s chief operating officer, Donnie Romine, took over as CEO on an interim basis. He will return to his duties as COO.

Schatzlein said he looks forward to the job in Jacksonville when he starts in mid-September.

“The more I learn about St. Vincent’s, the more impressed I’ve become,” Schatzlein said in the news release. “The ministry has a great reputation, committed board and donors and associates who are caring and capable.”

St. Vincent’s declined to provide Schatzlein’s salary information. But Kelly Brockmeier, director of marketing at St. Vincent’s, said the organization is looking forward to Schatzlein’s administration.

“The St. Vincent’s community is really excited to have Dr. Schatzlein on board. He has a wonderful reputation, having led the Ascension system in Tennessee, and as a physician he really understands the needs of our physicians and caregivers,” Brockmeier said.

Patricia Maryland, president of health care operations and COO of Ascension, said Schatzlein is a solid choice to run St. Vincent’s.

“He has an exceptional track record of guiding his teams and associates to support the delivery of compassionate, personalized care with complex markets. …” Maryland said.

In addition to his CEO duties, Schatzlein is the senior vice president of Ascension Health, Group Ministry Operating Executive and provides strategic advice to the Ministry Market Executives in Ascension in Indiana and Tennessee.

Schatzlein has a long history as an executive in the health care field, according to Bloomberg News Service. He served as the chief executive of Lutheran Health Network of Indiana LLC and DuPont Hospital of Fort Wayne, Ind., prior to his work in Tennessee. He also held top executive positions at the St. Joseph Health System and had a 30-year history with the Lutheran Health Network, Bloomberg reported.

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