Ascension Seton Leaders to Assume Additional Responsibilities


AUSTIN, Texas – (April 8, 2013) – Jesus Garza, who has been serving as president and interim chief executive of Ascension Seton, has been officially named chief executive officer of Ascension Seton, effective July 1.

Charles J. Barnett, FACHE, had been president and CEO of Ascension Seton since 1993 but took a leave of absence beginning in 2012 to serve as the president of Healthcare Operations and chief operating officer for Ascension Health in St. Louis, where he also oversees enterprise resource planning, information technology, facilities and supply chain functions. Barnett will serve as the executive board chair of the Ascension Seton Board of Trustees effective July 1, while continuing to work on strategic projects under Anthony R. Tersigni, Ed.D., FACHE, president and chief executive officer, Ascension.


Garza has been asked to take on additional national responsibilities for Ascension Health. He will continue to serve as the Ministry Market Leader for Ascension Health operations in Texas, a role he assumed in 2012, and will add oversight of Ascension’s Arizona ministry, Carondelet Health Network, to his duties.

The appointments for both Barnett and Garza were recommended by the Ascension Seton Board and approved by Ascension Health Alliance, the parent organization for Ascension Health and the Ascension Seton. Ascension Health comprises 39 health systems in 23 states and employs 150,000.

Garza joined Ascension Seton in 2002 with more than 20 years in public administration and private executive management. After serving as president of University Medical Center Brackenridge, he was promoted to chief operating officer of the Ascension Seton Family of Hospitals in 2006. In 2011, he was named president of the 11-hospital network and executive vice president of Ascension Seton, which includes Ascension Seton Insurance Services; Ascension Seton’s affiliated physician practices and clinics for underserved patients; joint ventures; and a medical education and research group affiliated with The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center to provide residencies for graduate medical students in Austin. Garza was named president and interim chief executive officer of the system in January 2012.

Garza’s civic activities include service to the Diocese of Austin Catholic Foundation with Bishop Joe S. Vasquez; the Mayor’s Transportation Committee to improve accessibility to health care, education and jobs; and the Austin Chamber of Commerce Board Executive Committee. He also serves on the Advisory Council of his alma mater, The University of Texas Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.

Barnett is a member of Texas State Sen. Kirk Watson’s Organizing Committee for the development of a medical school on The University of Texas at Austin campus. He has numerous awards to his credit, including the Rostow Award, which honors community leaders who have made a difference in the lives of children. He is an Affiliate of the Daughters of Charity St. Vincent de Paul West Central Province. In 2009, he was named Austinite of the Year by the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, principally for his leadership role in establishing a partnership with The University of Texas System and The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.