Jim Assenmacher joins the Sisters of Charity Health System as the new Director of Strategy Implementation & Business Development


Cleveland, Ohio, February 3, 2010 -- The Sisters of Charity Health System announced today that Jim Assenmacher joins the strategic planning and business development team of the Sisters of Charity Health System.
A native of Toledo, Assenmacher returns to Ohio to focus on supporting the system-wide strategic planning process for the Sisters of Charity Health System and several of its hospital facilities.  As a project leader, he will help to track progress of strategic initiatives from concept through planning and implementation. In addition, Assenmacher will function as a leader of enterprise initiatives that emerge from an annual strategic planning process through hospital-level planning and key initiatives prioritized by the system team.
 “I worked with Jim at Abrazo Health Care in Phoenix and was impressed with his ability to lead projects and keep strategic initiatives on track,” says Orlando L. Alvarez, Jr., Senior Vice President of Business Development and Physician Alignment at the Sisters of Charity Health System. “He brings a lot of energy and expertise to this important function.”
Assenmacher comes to Sisters of Charity Health System from Paradise Valley Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, where he served as director of business development. There, he led the hospital’s physician alignment, acquisition and development strategies. Prior to that, he spent two years as manager of business planning for St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center and St. John’s Regional Medical Center located in Phoenix, Arizona.  
“We are pleased to have Jim join the Sisters of Charity Health System.  This is another critical step in our efforts to expand the collaboration in strategic planning and business development amongst our five hospitals and to enhance our relationships with physicians.  With his extensive prior experiences, we welcome him to join our team as we continue to ensure the long-term success of our health care ministry,” said Sr. Judith Ann Karam, CSA.  
Attracted by the mission of the Sisters of Charity Health System, Assenmacher says he welcomes the opportunity to work for a strong, mission-focused organization. "I am very excited to join Sisters of Charity Health System. The organization has an important vision to enhance the collaboration within the system to execute strategies that will enhance our ability to bring critical health services to the communities we serve. I look forward to working with senior management, staff, and physicians to advance the mission of the organization and its healing ministries," he says.  
With more than 13 years of experience in business development and strategy implementation, Assenmacher looks forward to contributing to the strategic plan implementation. "System Leadership has made significant investment in the strategic planning process,” he said. “My responsibilities will be in the development of the project management office to provide transparency, focus and accountability to the implementation process and ensure successful execution of strategic initiatives. Establishing performance metrics will allow us to monitor progress and ensure we are meeting our targets and timelines," he says.  
A graduate of Miami University of Ohio and Xavier University, Assenmacher is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Healthcare Financial Management Association.  
About the Sisters of Charity Health System
The Sisters of Charity Health System was established in 1982 as the parent corporation for the sponsored ministries of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine in Ohio and South Carolina. The Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine since its founding in 1851 continue their faith-based legacy of high-quality, compassionate care in partnership with its co-ministers who are the heart and hands of the ministry.    
The Sisters of Charity Health System sponsors five Catholic hospitals: St. Vincent Charity Hospital in Cleveland, Mercy Medical Center in Canton, Providence Hospital and Providence Northeast in Columbia, South Carolina. In a joint venture with University Hospitals of Cleveland, the Sisters of Charity Health System also sponsors St. John West Shore Hospital in Westlake, Ohio. The organization also oversees three grant-making foundations located in Cleveland and Canton, Ohio, and Columbia, SC. Each foundation sponsors significant community initiatives and collaborations that address causes and consequences of poverty.
Other health and human services and education-related organizations within the Sisters of Charity Health System include Cleveland’s Joseph’s Home, a unique residential care center for homeless men, Canton’s Early Childhood Resource Center for people working in childcare in all settings; and Healthy Learners, a South Carolina health care resource for children from low-income families. The Sisters of Charity Health System also provides residential eldercare services at Regina Health Center in Richfield, Ohio, and Light of Hearts Villa in Bedford, Ohio. Light of Hearts Villa is jointly sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati.

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