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Schatzlein Named New President and CEO of St. Vincent’s HealthCare

August 27th, 2015

Dr. Michael Schatzlein

St. Vincent’s HealthCare, a member of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and non-profit healthcare system, announced the selection of Michael H. Schatzlein, MD, MBA, FACHE, as the new President/Chief Executive Officer of St. Vincent’s HealthCare and Senior Vice President and Ministry Market Executive of Ascension Health. 

Dr. Schatzlein, a heart transplant surgeon, was the President/CEO of Saint Thomas Health in Nashville, Tennessee, also a member of Ascension, from June 2010 until last month. He also serves as the Senior Vice President, Ascension Health/Group Ministry Operating Executive, providing strategic advice and guidance to the Ministry Market Executives of Indiana and Tennessee. 

Donnie Romine, the interim CEO of St. Vincent’s, will return to his previous role as Chief Operating Officer.  Dr. Schatzlein will assume his Jacksonville duties after Labor Day.

Dr. Schatzlein is a seasoned executive with humility, passion for exceptional care, and a keen sense of humor. “The more I learn about St. Vincent’s, the more impressed I’ve become,” he said. “The Ministry has a great reputation, committed Board and donors, and associates who are caring and capable. I look forward to getting to know the Jacksonville/North Florida and South Georgia area and senior leadership as we work together to fulfill St. Vincent’s Mission as part of One Ascension.”

“Mike is the right person to lead St. Vincent’s HealthCare as our national health ministry works in a more integrated way to transform healthcare,” said Patricia Maryland, Dr.PH, President, Healthcare Operations and Chief Operating Officer of Ascension Health. “He has an exceptional track record of guiding his teams and associates to support the delivery of compassionate, personalized care within complex markets, in part by developing partnerships with physicians and other caregivers. His passion for quality is reflected in Mike’s service as the Founding Chair for MissionPoint Health Partners, the only ACO in Tennessee to share in savings from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services during 2014.”

Dr. Schatzlein and his wife, Liz, a broadcast journalist, live in Nashville, and will also establish a residence in Jacksonville.

“This has been a most deliberative and reflective process over the last several months,” said Sidney Simmons, St. Vincent’s HealthCare’s Board Chairman. “Speaking for our Board, we could not be more excited to have Mike join St. Vincent’s.  We also appreciate and thank Donnie Romine for his exceptional contributions over the past five months as interim President and CEO.”