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Published on October 11, 2016

Schatzlein to leave Ascension, stay in Nashville

By Holly Fletcher, The Tennessean

Dr. Mike Schatzlein will leave his regional leadership position at Ascension at the end of December.

Schatzlein is currently the senior vice president of Ascension Health and group ministry market executive for Indiana and Tennessee. He's concurrently the CEO and president St. Vincent's Healthcare in Jacksonville, Fla. He is a cardiothoracic and vascular surgeon.

“Mike’s career has been marked by humility, passion for exceptional care, and a keen sense of humor,” Dr. Patricia Maryland, Ascension's chief operating officer said in statement.

Schatzlein will stay in Nashville to concentrate on the relatively new Center for Medical Interoperability, of which he is chair. He is also the incoming chair of the United Way Board and a member of Council Capital CEO Council. He was an outspoken proponent of Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to use federal Medicaid expansion funding, Insure Tennessee, and was chair of The Amp Coalition, a failed mass transit project.

Before broadening his regional role at Ascension he led Saint Thomas Health from 2010 until the summer of 2015 as Ascension's health ministry market leader for Indiana and Tennessee.

Saint Thomas expanded from a five hospital system to a nine facility system during his tenure, which also saw the creation of MissionPoint Health Partners.

“Dr. Schatzlein’s emphasis on efficiency and operational rigor led Saint Thomas Health to its most successful financial and operational years and a regional reputation for quality, innovation and service,” said Maryland. “His insistence on consistently improving all aspects of organizational performance was motivated by a passion for continuously improving care for patients and their families."

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