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Peggy Kurusz, MBA Vice President, Mission Initiatives

Peggy Kurusz, B.S., M.B.A., is the Vice President, Mission Initiatives for Ascension Health. In this role, Ms. Kurusz has responsibility for fostering the integration of the Ascension Health Catholic Identity, Mission and Values within the Strategic Initiatives. She is responsible for leading all aspects of implementation, coordination, ongoing development and evaluation of mission interventions including Patient Experience and collaborates to oversee the strengthening of the Model Community of engaged associates.


Prior to her appointment to this position, Ms. Kurusz served as Senior Director Operational Excellence, leading the work to define and deliver the exceptional Patient Experience in a consistent and sustainable way across all Health Ministries in support of Ascension Health’s Strategic “Call to Action” of Healthcare That Works.


Ms Kurusz joined Ascension Health after spending 16 years with BJC the largest regional Healthcare provider in the St. Louis market.  During her 34 years as a healthcare leader Ms. Kurusz’s experience has spanned the full continuum of healthcare settings including; academic and community hospitals, long-term care, Medical Information Systems and Education and in her last role in Assistant Administrator and Planner of BJC Progress West a green field hospital.


She holds a bachelor’s degree in home economics (food systems management/dietetics) from the University of Missouri – Columbia, Mo., and a Master of Business Administration from the Olin School of Business at Washington University St. Louis, Mo.




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