As­cen­sion Michi­gan’s mar­ket leader leav­ing post

Modern Healthcare - - Regional News -

Gwen MacKen­zie, As­cen­sion’s mar­ket ex­ec­u­tive in Michi­gan will leave her role ef­fec­tive April 30.

MacKen­zie was cho­sen for the job in 2014 by As­cen­sion Health­care CEO Pa­tri­cia Mary­land, and MacKen­zie said she promised to re­main in the role for three to four years.

Dr. Joseph Cac­chione will re­place MacKen­zie on an in­terim ba­sis while keep­ing his cur­rent role as pres­i­dent of As­cen­sion Med­i­cal Group.

MacKen­zie is cred­ited with hav­ing re­cruited 136 new providers, in­clud­ing 100 physi­cians, and hav­ing opened a 60,000-square-foot, $17.5 mil­lion health cen­ter cam­pus dur­ing her ten­ure. As­cen­sion Michi­gan is also one of the mar­kets that un­der­went a re­brand­ing cam­paign to align with the na­tional As­cen­sion iden­tity.

As­cen­sion Michi­gan also ex­pe­ri­enced re­cent lay­offs at its 14 hos­pi­tals. About 500 em­ploy­ees, in­clud­ing man­agers, nurses and other staff, have lost their jobs. As­cen­sion, the na­tion’s largest Catholic health sys­tem, is in the mid­dle of a ma­jor re­struc­tur­ing that in­cludes reshuf­fling its ex­ec­u­tives, creat­ing new staffing mod­els and com­pen­sa­tion stan­dards, and down­siz­ing its hos­pi­tal foot­print while adding to its out­pa­tient and tele­health net­work, and bol­ster­ing its sub­sidiaries.

Chicago-area health sys­tems can­cel merger

Rush Health and Lit­tle Com­pany of Mary Hos­pi­tal and Health Care Cen­ters have called off plans to merge.

Rush, a three-hos­pi­tal net­work an­chored by flag­ship Rush Univer­sity Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Chicago, and Lit­tle Com­pany, a small com­mu­nity hos­pi­tal in south sub­ur­ban Ever­green Park, an­nounced their in­tent to com­bine in Oc­to­ber.

“Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Rush sys­tem and Lit­tle Com­pany of Mary Hos­pi­tal and Health Care Cen­ters have mu­tu­ally agreed to ter­mi­nate their in­te­gra­tion dis­cus­sions,” the not-for­prof­its wrote in a state­ment.

The deal would have marked Rush’s ex­pan­sion to the south sub­urbs and ended Lit­tle Com­pany’s run as an independent hos­pi­tal.

Rush has been hus­tling to bulk up as its ri­vals grow. Ad­vo­cate Health Care, based in the western sub­urbs, and Mil­wau­kee-based Aurora Health Care just fi­nal­ized a mega-merger across state lines, creat­ing the 10th largest not-for-profit health sys­tem in the na­tion. Pres­ence Health and As­cen­sion Health of­fi­cially tied the knot in March.


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