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Published on October 11, 2016

Ascension regional exec Schatzlein preps retirement

Former Saint Thomas leader moved into holding company role in ’15

By Geert De Lombaerde, Nashville Post

Officials at nonprofit hospital system Ascension Health announced Tuesday that regional leader Mike Schatzlein will retire at the end of this year after more than six years with the organization.

Schatzlein joined Ascension through its Saint Thomas Health system in Nashville in June 2010, moving from Indiana, where he had overseen the operation of 10 hospitals owned by Franklin-based Community Health Systems. He grew Saint Thomas from five to nine hospitals and oversaw a reorganization of its Midtown and West Nashville campuses. Under his leadership, Saint Thomas also created the MissionPoint Health Partners accountable care organization.

In July of last year, he handed the reins to Saint Thomas to Karen Springer, who had been his COO. Since then, he has been a senior vice president of Ascension Healthcare, a division of Ascension, and the group ministry market executive over Indiana and Tennessee as well as president and CEO for Ascension’s St. Vincent’s HealthCare system in Jacksonville.

“Mike’s career has been marked by humility, passion for exceptional care, and a keen sense of humor,” said Patricia Maryland, president of health care operations and COO of Ascension Healthcare. “His insistence on consistently improving all aspects of organizational performance was motivated by a passion for continuously improving care for patients and their families.”

Schatzlein was a cardiothoracic and vascular surgeon before moving into administration in 1994 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He will stay in Nashville to focus on his roles as chairman of the Center for Medical Interoperability, incoming chair of the United Way and as a member of Council Capital’s CEO Council.

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