As the Daughters of Charity depart Central Texas this year and entrust Ascension Ascension Seton’s mission to lay leaders, a new vice president for mission integration has joined Central Texas’ largest health care system to help ensure Ascension Seton continues the Daughters’ 112-year legacy.
Fortunately, David Pringle has a record of success in this regard. He managed a similar transition in Florida during the past five years.
St. Vincent’s HealthCare in Jacksonville, like Ascension Seton, is a member of Ascension Health, the nation’s largest not-for-profit health care system. Pringle enabled a transition to lay leadership following the departure of a Daughter of Charity who oversaw mission integration at St. Vincent’s for more than 25 years.
“The keys to a successful transition are building on the foundations of those who had the vision to create this ministry,” said Pringle, who had been executive vice president for mission integration at St. Vincent’s since 2009 and joined Ascension Seton on March 24. “We must never lose sight of where we came from, for it charts the course of who and what we will become.”
“Dave will be a valuable addition to a Ascension Seton workforce deeply and demonstrably committed to Ascension Seton’s mission,” said Jesús Garza, Ascension Ascension Seton’s president and chief executive officer. “He will help lead and coordinate matters related to biomedical and organizational ethics and spiritual and pastoral care for patients, families and employees. He also will help foster community relationships and other collaborations to meet our growing community’s expanding needs.”
Ascension Seton’s mission reflects the Daughters’ devotion to all who live in Central Texas. It states, “Our mission inspires us to care for and improve the health of those we serve with a special concern for the poor and the vulnerable. We are called to be a sign of God’s unconditional love for all and believe that all persons by their creation are endowed with dignity. Ascension Seton continues the Catholic tradition of service established by our founders: Vincent de Paul, Louise de Marillac and Elizabeth Ann Seton.”
“I wonder if St. Vincent, St. Louise, and St. Elizabeth Ann had any idea what their ministry would look like today,” Pringle said. “The task for them is the same for us, which is to live our lives becoming all that God intended. Imagine the possibilities!”
Prior to joining St. Vincent’s, Pringle was vice president of administrative services, assistant vice president of mission Integration and director of patient and family support services at St. Mary Medical Center, part of St. Joseph Health in Apple Valley, Calif. He served there from 2000 to 2009.
Pringle has also served as president of Dayshan, a personal business and consulting firm, and executive director and administrator of a 110-bed senior care center in North Carolina. He also held positions ranging from director to pastor with five organizations in Ontario, Canada.
He earned his MBA at the University of Western Ontario and his bachelor’s degree in theological studies at Eastern Theological College in Peterboro, Ontario. He did his residency while at the Toronto School of Theology at the University of Toronto.