Ascension’s Texas market announces new Board of Directors chair

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Ascension’s Texas market announces new Board of Directors chair
Sister Joanne Vasa, Daughter of Charity, to lead

Sr Joanne Vasa_CourtesySetonHealthcareFamilySister Joanne Vasa has been named chair of the Board of Directors of Ascension’s Texas market, which is comprised of Ascension Seton in Austin and Providence Healthcare Network in Waco, Texas.

Ascension is the largest nonprofit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system.

A dedicated Daughter of Charity with varied experiences in the fields of education, formation, spirituality and mission leadership, Sister Joanne currently serves as provincial councilor for the Province of St. Louise in St. Louis, Mo. Prior to moving to St. Louis, she served as the mission spirituality integration coordinator for Ascension Seton from 2003 to 2007. She has also been a member of the Board of Directors of Providence Healthcare Network in Waco, Texas.

“When I first came to Ascension Seton, I quickly fell in love with sharing the mission,” said Sister Joanne, citing the organization’s commitment to serving all people with special attention to those who are poor and vulnerable, and to acting as advocates for a compassionate and just society.

“The mission is the guiding wisdom that helps us make effective choices, as we lead this organization in providing health care. Every associate, every nurse and every physician is responsible for carrying out the mission in their role. It depends on each of us, each and every day.”

Sister Joanne received a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education from John F. Kennedy College in Wahoo, Neb., a Master of Arts in Special Education degree from the University of Missouri in Kansas City, Mo, and a master’s degree in Religious Education from Loyola University in New Orleans.

In addition to a new Board chair, Ascension’s Texas market adds five community leaders to its Board of Directors: Alice Glasco; Sister Ellen LaCapria, DC, ATR-BC; Jose Montemayor, Miguel Romano and Mark Stewart, MD.

Marie Crane, PhD, Don Furman, MD, MBA; Sam Roberts, MD; Gary Valdez, Donna Carter and Vincent Caponi recently stepped down from their roles on the Board of Directors.