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Published on October 12, 2016

Ascension Exec to Step Down

By Alex Brown, Inside Indiana Business

An executive with Missouri-based Ascension who oversees the company's operations in Indiana is stepping down. Mike Schatzlein, senior vice president of Ascension's healthcare division, has announced he will leave December 31.

Schatzlein also serves as group ministry market executive with Ascension and is responsible for the Ascension Indiana and Tennessee Ministry Markets. Additionally, he is the president and chief executive officer for Ascension's St. Vincent's HealthCare in Jacksonville, Florida.

"As a physician and an administrator, Mike has demonstrated the importance of listening and the value of mentoring," said Patricia Maryland, chief operating officer of Ascension Healthcare. "He has been a role model and guide for clinicians and administrative leaders across Ascension, including serving as a Career Sponsor in the Ascension Leadership Academy, and we are a stronger and more compassionate ministry thanks to his influence."

Ascension says Schatzlein performed the first heart transplant in northern Indiana in 1985. Schatzlein practiced cardiothoracic and vascular surgery in Fort Wayne from 1980 to 1994.

The company did not release details regarding a potential successor. Ascension says once Schatzlein steps down, he plans to focus on his work as chair of the Center for Medical Interoperability, incoming chair of the United Way Board and member of the Council Capital CEO Council.

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