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Carol L. Schmidt, FACHE Senior Vice President, System Integration

Carol L. Schmidt, FACHE, is the Senior Vice President, System Integration for Ascension Health. In this role, Carol leads the implementation of strategic System-wide initiatives and the integration and assimilation of new Health Ministries into Ascension Health. She works closely with leaders across the Ascension national ministry to develop and execute implementation approaches that advance national agendas and for Health Ministries joining the organization, as well as helping to foster a culture consistent with Ascension’s Mission, Vision and Values.

From 2010 to 2012, Carol served as Chief Operating Officer of Sacred Heart Health System and President of Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, Florida, a member of Ascension Health. Prior to joining Sacred Heart, Carol served as Interim Executive Vice President of St. Vincent’s HealthCare and President of St. Luke’s Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida. She spent 13 years at the Ascension Health System Office, most recently serving as Vice President, Operational Excellence, where she led internal consulting teams that provided financial, clinical and operational support to Ascension Health Ministries. Additionally, Carol had leadership accountability for the Experience Team.

Prior to joining Ascension Health, Carol served as Director, Physician Network Development at BJC Health System in St. Louis, and as Vice President at Missouri Baptist Hospital, a member of BJC Health System. She also held leadership roles at McDonnell Douglas Health Systems and Tempo Medical Products, both in St. Louis.

Carol received an associate’s degree in nursing from Maryville University, St. Louis.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in business management and a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Webster University, St. Louis. She is a Fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives and is a Member of Ascension Leadership Academy. Carol served as Vice Chair of the Catholic Health Executive Committee of the Florida Catholic Conference and was a board member of the Association for Retarded Citizens, Pensacola, Florida, as well as a member of Five Flags Rotary in Pensacola. She has served on a number of professional and civic boards. She also was a member of the Catholic Business Professionals in St. Charles, Missouri.


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