Chris Palazzolo Named President and CEO of Ascension Crittenton and Genesys Health System


After serving Ascension as president and CEO during the past year, Chris Palazzolo will be president and CEO of Ascension Crittenton and Genesys Health System.

“Chris’ long experience within Ascension will be an incredible asset in further integrating our newest hospital into our national ministry, says Gwen MacKenzie, senior vice president of Ascension Healthcare and ministry market executive. “He has a demonstrated record of partnering successfully with physicians; his strategic and operations acumen is a longstanding strength and Chris is a model of servant leadership.”

Palazzolo has more than 40 years of executive healthcare experience including president, CEO, and CFO of Genesys Health Systems. Prior to serving Genesys, Palazzolo served as CFO and COO of Ascension’s St. John Hospital and Medical Center, and senior vice president and CFO of the Detroit Medical Center.

“I am both excited and honored by this opportunity to continue to help lead our culture of healthcare transformation, innovation, and clinical excellence across these renowned institutions,” says Palazzolo. “The incredible dedication and commitment I see each and every day from our providers and associates to fulfill our mission is humbling and provides the foundation for successfully advancing our integrated vision across the state. I am proud to play a part in this career-defining work.”