Former Ascension Health CEO Donald Brennan—who helped form what became the country’s largest Catholic health system—has passed away at age 83.
In addition to leading St. Louis-based Ascension until 2001, Brennan held the top posts at Providence in Washington, Group Health and co-chaired a Washington state health commission. He passed away peacefully at his home in Bothell, Wash. on Feb. 12.
Brennan was initially hired as a consultant to help plan the merger between the two Catholic systems that formed Ascension. After spending a year on the project, he was named CEO of the new health system, said his son, Steve Brennan, who serves as Nashville, Tenn.-based Change Healthcare’s senior manager of state health policy.
Ascension’s current president and CEO, Joe Impicciche, said in a statement that Ascension owes a debt of gratitude to Brennan for his “visionary leadership and commitment to our mission.”
“As our first CEO, Don was