Dr. Joseph Cacchione has accepted the role of executive vice president of clinical and network services for Ascension. With these new responsibilities, he transitioned out of his CEO role at Ascension Michigan effective July 1.
In his new role, Cacchione will lead the unification of Ascension’s clinical and care excellence functions and subsidiaries. The new, national division brings together Ascension’s provider group, community health ministries, palliative care, population health management, managed care, national clinical service lines, clinically integrated networks, and provider recruitment and retention.
“Bringing these functions and subsidiaries together creates a unique opportunity to play a vital role in positioning Ascension for the future and to operate in a manner that transforms health care and proactively addresses the holistic needs of our patients,” says Cacchione.
Cacchione joined Ascension in 2017 and, in April 2018, took on the CEO role for Ascension Michigan. Prior to joining Ascension, Cacchione served in leadership positions at Cleveland Clinic, including chair of operations and strategy for the clinic’s heart and vascular institute.
Cacchione is board certified in internal medicine, cardiology, and interventional cardiology. He received his medical degree from the College of Medicine at Drexel University in Philadelphia and his undergraduate degree from Gannon University in Erie, Pa.
Dr. Thomas Stover will provide interim executive leadership for Ascension Michigan while a new CEO is identified. Stover is a physician with experience in large health systems including Cleveland Clinic and served as interim president of Ascension Borgess last year.
Serving Michigan for more than 140 years, Ascension is a nonprofit Catholic health organization that operates 15 hospitals and hundreds of related health care facilities that together employ more than 20,000 associates. Across the state, Ascension Michigan provided more than $272 million in community benefit and care of those living in poverty in fiscal year 2018.
Nationally, Ascension provided nearly $2 billion in care of those living in poverty and other community benefit programs in 2018. The national health system operates more than 2,600 sites of care in 21 states and Washington, D.C. Ascension includes approximately 156,000 associates and 34,000 aligned providers.