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Ascension Health has transformed in 10 short years to become a symbol of leadership and excellence in U.S. Healthcare. Our organization was created November 1, 1999, from a union of the Daughters of Charity National Health System based in St. Louis, Mo., sponsored by four provinces of the Daughters of Charity, and the Sisters of St. Joseph Health System based in Ann Arbor, Mich., sponsored by the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Nazareth, Mich. (which since has joined with six other congregations to form the Congregation of St. Joseph).

In December 2002, our ministry was enhanced with the addition of the hospitals and related health facilities of Carondelet Health System, also based in St. Louis, sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. Ascension Health has a 400-year legacy and a determination to serve another 400 years and beyond.

Differing organizational cultures were the biggest challenge to overcome. Through respect, understanding, and collaboration an estimated 2,500 peope from the founding organizations participated in establishing Ascension Health's Core Values. In the end, the new organization focused on its Call to Action, a challenge to Ascension Health's associates to make a commitment to deliver on three promises:

  1. To create a sustainable, holistic healing environment that is safe, accessible, appropriate, adaptable and affordable
  2. To eliminate all preventable injuries and deaths
  3. To create 100% access to healthcare in communities that Ascension health serves
As the Call to Action began to be translated into daily activities, we have further defined Healthcare That Works, Healthcare That Is Safe and Healthcare That Leaves No One Behind in the context of the Strategic Direction. Today, Ascension Health remains a leading voice for Catholic healthcare in the U.S. and is a major advocate among Catholic healthcare organizations.
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