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Sister M. Therese Gottschalk Senior Executive Advisor to the President and CEO, Ascension Health
Executive Vice President, Ascension

Sister M. Therese Gottschalk is the Senior Executive Advisor to the President and Chief Executive Officer of Ascension Health and Executive Vice President of Ascension.  She also serves on the boards of Ministry Health Care, the St. John Health System and Via Christi Health.

Sister Therese is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of the Marian Health System, which joined with Ascension Health on April 1, 2013. She served as President and CEO of the St. John Health System from 1982 to 2010 and served as President and CEO of the Marian Health System since its inception in 1989.

Born in Bavaria, Germany, Sister Therese entered the order of the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother in 1952 and came to the United States the following year. She earned a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy at Creighton University in 1960 and a master’s degree in hospital administration from Saint Louis University in 1970. Sister Therese joined the administration of St. John Medical Center in Tulsa in 1970, becoming President and CEO in 1974.

Sister Therese is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and was honored with its Regent’s Award in 1995. She served as President of the Tulsa Hospital Council from 1982-1983, the American Hospital Association Governance Committee, and has served on the boards of the Catholic Health Association and the Oklahoma Hospital Association. In 1984, she served as the Oklahoma Hospital Association Board of Trustees Chairperson. She received the OHA W. Cleveland Rodgers Distinguished Service Award in 1999, was awarded the Association for Women in Communication 2009 Newsmaker Award and holds an honorary doctorate of humane letters from the University of Oklahoma.

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