About Ascension

Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As the largest nonprofit 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.

Ascension defines and creates the future of Catholic healthcare through their mission, vision and values.

Mission

Rooted in the loving ministry of Jesus as healer, Ascension commits to serving all persons with special attention to those who are poor and vulnerable. Its Catholic health ministry is dedicated to spiritually-centered, holistic care which sustains and improves the health of individuals and communities. Ascension is an advocate for a compassionate and just society through its actions and its words.

Vision

Ascension envisions a strong, vibrant Catholic health ministry in the United States that commits to the health and well-being and responds to the needs of individuals throughout the life cycle.

Values

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

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.