by Stephani Simmons
October 23, 2017
Executive Vice President, Ascension, and
President and Chief Executive Officer,
Patricia A. Maryland, Dr.PH, is Executive Vice President, Ascension, and President and Chief Executive Officer, Ascension Healthcare. She previously served as President, Healthcare Operations and Chief Operating Officer, Ascension Healthcare. Prior to that, she served as the Michigan Ministry Market Leader for Ascension and the President and Chief Executive Officer of St. John Providence Health System, Warren, Michigan, where she provided strategic and operational leadership for St. John Providence while promoting alignment among health ministries within Ascension Michigan and the System Office on issues related to Mission and Vision.
Dr. Maryland served as the President, St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital, and also as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for St. Vincent Health. In this dual role she oversaw operations for St. Vincent Hospitals and Health Services, the flagship tertiary hospital of the St. Vincent Health system. In addition, the executives for St. Vincent Women’s Hospital, St. Vincent Children’s Hospital, Stress Center and St. Vincent Carmel Hospital reported directly to her.
Dr. Maryland has extensive experience in strategic planning, patient care operations, service line management, finance, clinical program development and evaluation. At St. Vincent Health she helped to create six Centers of Excellence, and developed an agreement with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center to enhance the pediatric subspecialty services to St. Vincent Children’s Hospital. Under her leadership, St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital received top-ranking recognitions by Anthem, Leapfrog and Healthgrades, and received the Consumer Choice Award nine years straight.
Before joining St. Vincent Health, Dr. Maryland served as President of Sinai-Grace Hospital and Senior Vice President of Detroit Medical Center. She also served as Executive Vice President / Chief Operating Officer at North Oakland Medical Centers, Pontiac, Michigan, and worked for 15 years at Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.
Dr. Maryland received a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics from Alabama State University, Montgomery, and a master’s degree in biostatistics from the University of California, Berkeley. She holds a Doctorate of Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh, concentrating in health services administration and planning.
While at St. Vincent, Dr. Maryland served as Chair of the Citizens’ Health Care Working Group, a group mandated by the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003. She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, National Association of Health Services Executives and the Medical Group Management Association.
Dr. Maryland was named one of the Top 25 COOs in Healthcare in 2017, one of the Top 25 Women in Healthcare in 2017 and 2015 by the publication Modern Healthcare, Woman of the Year in 2014 by the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association, and one of Modern Healthcare’s Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare also in 2014. In 2006, she was given the top healthcare executive award by the Indiana Minority Health Coalition, and in 2003 she received the Leadership in Healthcare Award from the Detroit Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the 2003 Woman of the Year Award from the Beta Omicron Zeta Chapter for outstanding accomplishments in improving and providing quality healthcare. Earlier, the Cleveland Clinic honored her with a Women of Professional Excellence award.
Dr. Maryland has publications covering topics as varied as gerontology, community health and emergency medical services systems. She is also involved with various community associations and sits on many boards.