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Published on March 17, 2016

Ascension Appoints Bernie Sherry to Lead Ascension Wisconsin

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Sherry served Ascension’s Saint Thomas Health in Nashville for 15 years

Bernie Sherry, Senior Vice President of Ascension Health/Wisconsin Ministry Market Executive(St. Louis) — Ascension has announced the appointment of Bernie Sherry as Senior Vice President of Ascension Health/Wisconsin Ministry Market Executive, effective April 4, 2016. Currently, Sherry serves as Chief Operating Officer for Ascension’s Saint Thomas Health in Nashville, Tennessee.

Throughout his more than 15 years with Saint Thomas Health, Sherry has demonstrated a commitment to the Ascension Mission and Strategic Direction promise to deliver Healthcare That Works, Healthcare That Is Safe, and Healthcare That Leaves No One Behind, for Life.

The health systems of Ascension Wisconsin have served residents of the Milwaukee area and across the state of Wisconsin for more than 165 years: Columbia St. Mary’s in Milwaukee was founded in 1848; Ministry Health Care has served communities across Wisconsin for more than 125 years; and Wheaton Franciscan, the newest member of Ascension Wisconsin, has been providing exceptional care for more than 140 years.

“Ascension has been a longstanding contributor to the health and economic activity of Wisconsin through these mission-focused health systems, which combined employ more than 24,000 dedicated associates including more than 1,000 medical group physicians,” Sherry said. “As a strong community partner in regions across the state, Ascension Wisconsin is focused on meeting the healthcare needs of individuals and communities, providing compassionate, personalized care to all persons, especially those living in poverty and who are most vulnerable. I’m looking forward to leading the health systems of Ascension Wisconsin as we work even more closely together to improve the health and well-being of Wisconsin residents.”

“Now that the Southeast Wisconsin operations of Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare have joined Ascension Wisconsin, we are truly becoming integrated across the entire state,” said Patricia A. Maryland, Dr.PH, President, Healthcare Operations and Chief Operating Officer, Ascension Health. “The other senior leaders of Ascension and I are excited to have Bernie leading Ascension Wisconsin as we further integrate our operations and identity across the state.”

Prior to his Chief Operating Officer role, Sherry served as Executive Vice President System Integration for Saint Thomas Health, and President and CEO of Saint Thomas Midtown and West hospitals. Earlier, as President and CEO of Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital beginning in 2003, he focused on building a culture of high reliability, resulting in strong operational results. In 2013 he led operational and strategic integration of the West and Midtown hospitals as Saint Thomas Health created a unified identity across the region. Sherry joined Saint Thomas Health in 2000, first serving as Vice President of Managed Care.

Prior to joining Saint Thomas, Sherry held increasingly responsible leadership roles at Greenville Health System, a 1,100-bed, multi-hospital system in South Carolina. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Gannon University, Erie, Pennsylvania, and his master’s degree in health administration from the Medical University of South Carolina.

Sherry has been active in the Nashville community for many years and serves on several local boards. He was honored in June 2010 as a Father of the Year by the American Diabetes Association/Father’s Day Council and as a Health Care Hero by the Nashville Business Journal in August 2011.
Sherry and his wife will be moving to Wisconsin, and he is looking forward to building new relationships and connections across the state.

Sherry will replace Vince Caponi, who has served as interim Wisconsin Ministry Market Executive since January 1 and was instrumental in finalizing plans for the Southeast Wisconsin operations of Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare to join Ascension Wisconsin on March 1.

About Ascension

Ascension ( is a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. In FY2015, Ascension provided nearly $2 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs. Approximately 160,000 associates and 36,000 aligned providers serve in 2,000 sites of care – including 137 hospitals and more than 30 senior living facilities – in 24 states and the District of Columbia. In addition to healthcare delivery, Ascension subsidiaries provide a variety of services and solutions including physician practice management, venture capital investing, investment management, biomedical engineering, clinical care management, information services, risk management, and contracting through Ascension’s own group purchasing organization.

About Ascension Wisconsin

Ascension Wisconsin includes Columbia St. Mary’s, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare and Ministry Health Care (which includes Affinity Health System), with 27 hospitals and hundreds of sites of care across the state. Together, the health systems employ more than 24,000 associates and nearly 1,000 medical group physicians. In fiscal year 2015, the health systems that now comprise Ascension Wisconsin provided $300 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty.


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