February 12, 2014

Sisters of Charity Health System promotes four executives

The Sisters of Charity Health System has promoted four leaders in various departments within the health system, which oversees five Catholic hospitals, three grantmaking foundations, two elder care facilities and six outreach organizations in Ohio and South Carolina.

Joseph Purton has been named vice president, controller; Robin J. Bachman has been named vice president of government affairs and public policy; James Assenmacher has been named vice president of strategy and business development; and Andrew Motz has been named vice president, chief procurement officer.  

“These executives put their skills into action every day for the ministries of the Sisters of Charity Health System,” said Terrence Kessler, president and CEO of the Sisters of Charity Health System. “They have made significant strides on the strategic and operational priorities that advance our sisters’ 163-year legacy of healing individuals, families and communities.”

Purton joined the Sisters of Charity Health System staff in 1997. During his tenure, total assets of entities managed by the corporate office have increased significantly and operating revenue has more than doubled.  In addition to primary reporting responsibilities for corporate and the consolidated system, he supervises the financial operations, including accounts payable, general accounting and payroll, for eight Sisters of Charity Health System affiliates.        

Since joining the Sisters of Charity Health System staff in 2005, Bachman has led efforts to positively influence federal, state and local public policies affecting the health system and ministries in both Ohio and South Carolina. Her leadership has further elevated the system’s well-known and trusted voice on issues of health care reform and other health, economic development and domestic public policies. She represents the health system in collaborative efforts with other institutions, including chairing the board of directors of the Cuyahoga Health Access Partnership and serving on committees of the Catholic Health Association of the United States. 

Assenmacher, since joining the corporate staff in 2010, has been a leader in implementing key planning and business development initiatives. He led the implementation of a centralized business and decision support function that facilitates information sharing across the system’s hospitals. He also advanced a system-wide balanced score card of key quality, financial, mission and human resource indicators, and supported development of the hospitals’ strategic planning framework.  

Motz joined the Sisters of Charity Health System in 2012 to advance the coordination of system-wide supply chain efforts. He also provides significant support to the procurement needs of individual ministries, including the outreach entities and foundations. As a result of these efforts, Motz guided value analysis teams to implementing more than 10% reductions in annual supply and purchased service spend throughout the last 18 months. 


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