About Ascension

Ascension (www.ascension.org) 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 FY2016, Ascension provided more than $1.8 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs. Approximately 160,000 associates and 36,000 aligned providers serve in 2,500 sites of care – including 141 hospitals and more than 30 senior living facilities – in 24 states and the District of Columbia as part of Ascension’s Healthcare Division. Through its Solutions Division, 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.

With enduring Mission and evolving Vision, Ascension defines and creates the future of Catholic healthcare. Ascension’s identity is rooted in their Mission, guided by their Vision and supported by their Values.


Rooted in the loving ministry of Jesus as healer, Ascension commits to serving all persons, giving special attention to those who are poor and vulnerable. A Catholic health ministry, Ascension is dedicated to spiritually centered, holistic care that sustains and improves the health of individuals and communities. Ascension advocates for a compassionate and just society through both actions and words.


Ascension envisions a strong, vibrant Catholic health ministry in the United States that will lead to the transformation of healthcare. Ascension will ensure service that responds to the needs of individuals throughout the life cycle—service that is committed to the health and well-being of the surrounding community.


Ascension is called to:

  • Service of the Poor: Generosity of spirit, especially for persons most in need
  • Reverence: Respect and compassion for the dignity and diversity of life
  • Integrity: Inspiring trust through personal leadership
  • Wisdom: Integrating excellence and stewardship
  • Creativity: Courageous innovation
  • Dedication: Affirming the hope and joy of ministry


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