Ruth Brink­ley

Modern Healthcare - - Cover Story -

One of the top leaders in Catholic health ser­vices, Ruth Brink­ley is the pres­i­dent and CEO of Caron­delet Health Net­work in Tuc­son, Ariz., and the West Min­istry mar­ket leader for par­ent sys­tem As­cen­sion Health. Since 2007, Brink­ley, 58, has led the four-hospi­tal sys­tem and been re­spon­si­ble for the op­er­a­tional per­for­mance of the health min­istries she over­sees. Prior to join­ing As­cen­sion, she was pres­i­dent and CEO of Memo­rial Health Care Sys­tem in Chat­tanooga, Tenn., a Catholic Health Ini­tia­tives fa­cil­ity. Ed­u­cated as a nurse, Brink­ley said she was drawn to Catholic health­care, though she is not her­self Catholic. “It in­te­grates the body, mind and spirit in such an ef­fec­tive way,” she says.

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