Taylor to succeed Brideau as president of Columbia St. Mary’s

Ascension Health and Columbia St. Mary’s Health System announced that Mark Taylor has been named president and chief executive officer of Columbia St. Mary’s Health System in Milwaukee, succeeding Leo Brideau, who has accepted a senior executive position with Ascension Health.

Taylor will assume his new responsibilities on Feb. 15.

Taylor comes to Columbia St. Mary’s Health System from Genesys Health System in Grand Blanc, Mich., where he served as president and CEO since March of 2007. Genesys Health System is also a member of Ascension Health. Under Taylor’s leadership, Genesys established a 25-year vision for the future; achieved a substantial financial turnaround; was named one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals with clinical excellence among the top one percent in the nation; and, was recognized for creating two of the top 12 leading practices throughout all of Ascension Health – co-management companies with physicians and a revolutionary new population-based care model called Genesys HealthWorks.

In addition to his service at Genesys Health System, Taylor brings more than 35 years of health care leadership experience to Columbia St. Mary’s Health System, including serving as president and CEO at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit, a hospital in the St. John Providence Health System, which is also a member of Ascension Health.

At the helm of Columbia St. Mary’s Health System, Taylor will oversee a four-hospital health care system with annual revenues of $750 million.

Brideau has accepted a newly created senior executive position with Ascension Health. More details about his new position will be announced in the near future. Brideau has served as president and CEO of Columbia St. Mary’s Health System since August 2001. He has served as Ascension Health’s Wisconsin/Missouri Ministry Market Leader since October 2007. During his tenure, Brideau successfully brought together two hospital campuses, which were approximately one mile apart, into one new, state-of-the-art facility to better serve the community.

“It is always hard to leave colleagues and friends with whom I have worked so closely with over the years,” Brideau said. “However, I am truly excited about the new opportunity I have with Ascension Health. It will give me the chance to continue to do what I love, which is to make a difference in the lives of others. During this transition period I remain committed to the continued success of Columbia St. Mary’s Health System and the Ministry Markets in Wisconsin and Missouri. I look forward to working with Mark to ensure a smooth transition.”

Ascension Health, which provided $1.1 billion in care of persons who are poor and community benefit last year, is the nation’s largest Catholic and nonprofit health system.

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