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Dr. Mike Schat­zlein, se­nior VP of As­cen­sion Health and min­istry mar­ket ex­ec­u­tive for As­cen­sion’s In­di­ana and Ten­nessee mar­kets, will re­tire af­ter six years with the St. Louis-based sys­tem, ef­fec­tive Dec. 31.

Schat­zlein cur­rently over­sees 34 hos­pi­tals in three states. He also will step down as pres­i­dent and CEO of As­cen­sion’s St. Vin­cent’s Health­Care in Jack­sonville, Fla., roles he has held since Au­gust 2015. Tom VanOs­dol has been named in­terim pres­i­dent and CEO of St. Vin­cent’s.

Schat­zlein pre­vi­ously served as pres­i­dent and CEO of As­cen­sion’s St. Thomas Health in Nashville from 2010 to 2015. A car­dio­tho­racic and vas­cu­lar sur­geon, Schat­zlein prac­ticed in Fort Wayne, Ind., from 1980 to 1994, per­form­ing the first heart trans­plant in north­ern In­di­ana in 1985.

Dr. Dean Gruner, pres­i­dent and CEO of ThedaCare, is re­tir­ing af­ter more than eight years at the helm of the sys­tem.

The Ap­ple­ton, Wis.-based sys­tem’s board will work with an ex­ec­u­tive search firm to look for in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal can­di­dates to re­place Gruner, a process ex­pected to take six to nine months.

Gruner, 62, has served in mul­ti­ple lead­er­ship po­si­tions with ThedaCare and its af­fil­i­ates since it was founded as Novus Health Group in 1987. In 2000, he was named chief med­i­cal of­fi­cer for ThedaCare and in 2003 be­came se­nior VP for ThedaCare Physi­cians. He be­came sys­tem pres­i­dent and CEO in 2008.

An­thony Filer has been named se­nior VP and CFO of East­ern Maine Health­care Sys­tems, ef­fec­tive in midNovem­ber. He re­places Jim Puf­fen­burger, who has held the roles on an in­terim ba­sis for the past year and has left the sys­tem.

Filer was most re­cently CFO of Chicago-based Pres­ence Health. He joined the sys­tem in 2011 af­ter it merged with Provena Health, where he was COO. He had been with Provena since 2002 and also served as se­nior VP and CFO dur­ing his ten­ure. He was VP of fi­nance from 1998 to 2000 at St. Louis-based As­cen­sion Health.

Steve Kast­ner has been named pres­i­dent and CEO of Trin­ity Health Se­nior Com­mu­ni­ties, part of Catholic health sys­tem Trin­ity Health. He suc­ceeds Ken Robbins, who re­tired af­ter 18 years with the Livo­nia, Mich.based sys­tem.

Kast­ner, 55, most re­cently served two years as pres­i­dent and CEO of St. Joseph of the Pines, a Trin­ity Health se­nior-liv­ing fa­cil­ity n South­ern Pines, N.C. Pre­vi­ously he was re­gional VP of op­er­a­tions at West­min­ster Com­mu­ni­ties of Florida.




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