(WACO, Texas – April 17, 2017) — Ascension Providence has announced the appointment of Steven Province as Interim President of the hospital, effective May 2, 2017.
“Steven is a passionate leader who is committed as the current chief operating officer to making Ascension Providence a place of choice, for both patients and associates,” said Jesús Garza, Seton Healthcare Family President and Chief Executive Officer and leader of Ascension Texas. “His extensive clinical and administrative experience, coupled with a drive to improve access to quality care in Waco, will help further our mission of providing compassionate, personalized care to those we are called to serve,” Garza said.
Ascension Providence and Seton are part of Ascension, the nation’s largest non-profit health system.
Province joined the Ascension Providence team in 2014 as Senior Vice President for Operations and Chief Operating Officer. A vital leader in improving the health of the Waco community, he will continue to guide Ascension Providence on the path the Daughters of Charity began over 112 years ago.
Province will serve temporarily in the position left open by Brett Esrock, who announced that he will step down as president of Ascension Providence and has accepted an opportunity in Florida. A nationwide search for president has begun, Garza said.
“In his six years of service to Ascension Providence, Brett has made many positive changes that have helped sustain and grow access to health care in the Waco community,” said Garza. “We thank Brett for his leadership and wish him much success in his future endeavors.”
Province holds a Master of Business Administration from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida and a Bachelor of Arts in Pre-Medicine/Biology from California State University in Northridge, California. After serving ten years in the United States Navy as a Naval Supply Officer, Province began his healthcare career as a Pfizer Pharmaceutical representative from 2006-2008.
In 2008, he began working for Kaiser Permanente in California, where he served as Director of Performance Improvement, Director of Supply Chain Logistics, and Support Services Administrator, prior to coming to Ascension Providence. Province is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).