James K. Beckmann named President and CEO
James K. Beckmann has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer for Carondelet Health Network, the Tucson health ministry and its parent organization, Ascension Health, announced today. Beckmann has served as Interim President and CEO since October, and his permanent role is effective immediately.

“Jim has been a leader at Ascension Health in a variety of areas, and I am confident that he is an ideal fit for this important role at Carondelet Health Network,” said Charles Barnett, FACHE, Ascension Health’s West Ministry Market Leader.

Sister Annette Bower, CSJ, Chair of Carondelet’s Board of Directors, said “Jim Beckmann has made an immediate and positive impact on Carondelet, and he made it a priority to engage with Carondelet associates, physicians and community leaders in his assessment of the ministry’s strengths and opportunities. He will be a great asset to this organization, and we are delighted to welcome him to the Carondelet family.”

Beckmann has served in a variety of leadership positions as Ascension Health’s St. Louis headquarters during the last eight years. Most recently he served as Senior Vice President for System Support Services where his work focused on developing and implementing organizational approaches to optimize operations. Prior to joining Ascension Health, Jim had a 16-year career as an executive in the insurance industry. Beckmann succeeds Ruth W. Brinkley, who left Carondelet in October for a position with Ascension’s advocacy office in Washington D.C.

About Carondelet Health Network
Located in Tucson, Arizona, Carondelet Health Network is a Catholic, nonprofit healthcare system dedicated to responding to the healthcare needs of Southern Arizonans. With a Mission to Heal, Carondelet was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet 130 years ago. Carondelet Health Network facilities include St. Mary's Hospital, St. Joseph's Hospital, Carondelet Heart & Vascular Institute and Carondelet Neurological Institute on the campus of St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tucson, and Carondelet Holy Cross Hospital in Nogales, Arizona. Other Carondelet services include nearly 20 Carondelet Medical Group primary care locations and Carondelet Specialist Group specialty care practices, an ambulatory surgery center, several outpatient imaging centers, Carondelet Hospice & Palliative Care and Carondelet Foundation. Carondelet Health Network is a ministry of Ascension Health, the nation's largest Catholic, non-profit health care system. In Fiscal Year 2010, Carondelet provided nearly $50 million (8.3 percent of its net revenue) in Community Benefit to improve community health and increase access. More information about Carondelet Health Network is available at www.carondelet.org.

About Ascension Health
Carondelet Health Network is a member of Ascension Health (www.ascensionhealth.org). Ascension Health is transforming healthcare by providing the highest quality care to all, with special attention to those who are poor and vulnerable. Ascension Health, which provided $1.2 billion in care of persons living in poverty and community benefit programs last year, is the nation’s largest Catholic and nonprofit health system. Our Mission-focused Health Ministries employ more than 113,000 associates serving in more than 1,200 locations in 20 states and the District of Columbia.