Dorothy L. Sawyer, MN, FACHE, joined Carondelet Health Network as Senior Vice President and Chief Executive Officer for Carondelet St. Mary’s Hospital, effective November 7, 2011. Ms. Sawyer assumes the role of CEO of Carondelet’s west side hospital from outgoing CEO Winnie Fritz. 

Ms. Sawyer brings three decades of rich healthcare leadership experience and business development achievements in a variety of markets and healthcare settings. Most recently, she worked with IASIS Healthcare as both Market President and Chief Executive Officer of Physician Group of Arizona. 

Some of Ms. Sawyer’s other healthcare roles have included serving as Chief Executive Officer for Havasu Regional Medical Center, a 181-bed, acute care hospital with free-standing ambulatory surgery center (2004-2008). She was also Chief Executive Officer for Phoenix’s Maryvale Hospital, a 239-bed acute-care facility (2000-2004). From 1988 through 1992, Ms. Sawyer served the Tucson community’s healthcare needs as Chief Nursing Officer at Northwest Medical Center and Director of Quality for the former El Dorado Hospital and Medical Center. Her career has also included service in Aurora, Colo. and Spokane, Wash. Dorothy’s education includes a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Nursing from Eastern Washington University, followed by an Executive Graduate Fellowship in Health Care Administration from the University of Houston, Clearlake. 

Dorothy has led many successful initiatives that focused on quality of care, improving employee and patient satisfaction, building physician relationships and strategic planning for multiple facilities and service lines. 
She succeeds Winnie Fritz, MSN, EdD, who is retiring from her role at St. Mary’s, effective November 11. 

About Carondelet Health Network 
Located in Tucson, Arizona, Carondelet Health Network is a Catholic, nonprofit healthcare system dedicated to responding to the health, prevention, education and wellness needs of Southern Arizonans. Carondelet was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet 131 years ago. Carondelet’s Tucson facilities include St. Mary's Hospital, St. Joseph's Hospital, Carondelet Heart & Vascular Institute and Carondelet Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and in Nogales, Arizona, Carondelet Holy Cross Hospital. Carondelet family of services also include nearly 20 primary and specialty care offices, an ambulatory surgery center, four imaging centers, Hospice and Palliative Care, and a variety of other outpatient services. Carondelet Health Network is a ministry of Ascension Health, the nation's largest Catholic, non-profit healthcare system. In Fiscal Year 2010, Carondelet provided nearly $50 million (8.3 percent of its net revenue) in Community Benefit to improve the health of our community and increase access to healthcare. More information about Carondelet Health Network is available at