After a national search, Dr. Kenneth Berkovitz has been named senior vice president of Ascension and ministry market executive of Ascension Michigan. His position was effective Feb. 9.
“Since 2018, Dr. Berkovitz has served as president of Ascension Medical Group in Michigan,” says Craig Cordola, executive vice president and COO of Ascension. “In this role, and earlier in his distinguished career, he has demonstrated a commitment to collaboration, a focus on patient-centered care, and the mindset of a true servant leader. Dr. Berkovitz is a respected, strategic clinical and administrative leader who has a history of delivering measurable success for large health systems.”
Before his tenure at Ascension Michigan, Berkovitz served as CEO of the cardiovascular institute of OSF Healthcare System in Illinois, where he was responsible for strategy and execution, staff development, finance, and management of the system’s cardiovascular line. He had a similar role while employed at Summa Health System in Ohio.
“I am grateful to have the opportunity to lead Ascension Michigan,” says Berkovitz. “As a physician, I am keenly focused on the health care of the future and how we will continue to provide exemplary care to our patients in new ways, via new technologies, where and when they need it most. I am a strong advocate of our strategic vision and look forward to continuing to fulfill our mission of caring for those most in need for years to come.”
A board-certified cardiologist and diplomate in interventional cardiology, Berkovitz earned his medical degree at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville. He completed his internship and residency at University Hospitals of Cleveland and was a senior fellow in interventional cardiology at the Krannert Institute of Cardiology at Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis.
In Michigan, Ascension operates 16 hospitals and hundreds of related health care facilities that employ more than 22,000 associates. The Catholic health care system provided more than $270 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty in the 2019 fiscal year.