St. Louis-based Ascension revealed changes to its operational structure and leadership amid the departure of three longtime executives in a Jan. 22 announcement.
The changes include the dissolution of Ascension’s solutions and healthcare divisions. The solutions and healthcare divisions were created in 2012 to improve focus and growth for the system’s subsidiaries.
Officials said the decision to eliminate the divisions stems from the health system’s goal to become a unified organization, One Ascension.
In addition to the organizational changes, Ascension President and CEO Anthony Tersigni announced the departure of three longtime executives, and the creation of a new position.
Patricia A. Maryland, DrPH, will leave the organization after a 15-year tenure. She will continue in her role as CEO of Ascension Healthcare through June 30. After her departure, the position will be eliminated.
Executives John Doyle and David Pryor, MD, will retire at the end of the health system’s fiscal year, June 30.
To support Ascension’s integrated health ministry, Joseph R. Impicciche will assume the newly created role of Ascension president and COO. He will oversee Ascension’s healthcare operations and services and report to Mr. Tersigni.
Mr. Impicciche has served as executive vice president and general counsel since 2004.
Nurses at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore are hailing as a critical victory a settlement reached with the hospital which reaffirms the nurses’ guaranteed legal right to unionize, said the National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United (NNOC/NNU) today.
“This settlement makes clear that nurses have the right to form a union, we have a right to speak with our coworkers about a union, and Johns Hopkins does not have the legal right to target and intimidate nurses who engage in union activity,” said Alex Laslett, RN. “We are organizing at Johns Hopkins because we know a union affords nurses the protection we need to advocate freely for the best care for our patients.”
The settlement resolves unfair labor practices charges filed with the Baltimore-based National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on behalf of the Johns Hopkins nurses by NNOC/NNU. The NLRB found merit to charges that the hospital broke the law by:
- The creation of the impression of surveillance and unlawful interrogation in regards to protected union activity,
- Promulgating and/or enforcing a rule barring off-duty RNs access to break rooms, outside patient care areas, in connection with union activity, and
- Prohibiting Hopkins RNs from talking about the union at work, while permitting other non-work conversations.
The settlement requires that Johns Hopkins Hospital management post signs throughout the facility affirming the nurses’ right to form a union. The signs declare that Johns Hopkins Hospital will not prohibit nurses from talking about the union, will not create the impression that hospital management is watching out for union activities, will not ask nurses about their union sympathies, and will not discriminatorily enforce its policies on nurses accessing break rooms.