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St. Vincent’s CEO Mike Schatzlein, MD, Stepping Down

Current Chief Operating Officer Tom VanOsdol will serve as interim CEO

After a long and distinguished healthcare career marked by innovation, dedication and true servant leadership, Mike Schatzlein, MD, has announced he will be stepping down effective December 31, 2016, from Ascension, the nation’s largest non-profit and Catholic health system. Tom VanOsdol, current Chief Operating Officer of St. Vincent’s HealthCare, will serve as interim CEO.

 In addition to his role locally as President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Vincent’s HealthCare, Dr. Schatzlein serves as Senior Vice President, Ascension Healthcare, and Group Ministry Market Executive with oversight responsibility for the Ascension Indiana and Tennessee Ministry Markets. Dr. Schatzlein previously served as President and CEO for Ascension’s Saint Thomas Health in Nashville, Tennessee, from June 2010 through July 2015.

“Mike’s career has been marked by humility, passion for exceptional care, and a keen sense of humor,” said Patricia A. Maryland, Dr.PH, President, Healthcare Operations and Chief Operating Officer, Ascension Healthcare, a division of Ascension. 

He earned his bachelor’s and medical degrees from Indiana University and trained in surgery at the Indiana University Medical Center, Indianapolis, and in thoracic surgery at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He also earned a Master’s in Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion.

Dr. Schatzlein practiced cardiothoracic and vascular surgery in Fort Wayne, Indiana, from 1980 to 1994, performing the first heart transplant in northern Indiana in 1985. At one point, nine of the 22 longest-living heart transplant patients in the world had received their transplants under his direction.