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Ascension Health-owned Network Retains FaithSearch Partners for COO, CNO Searches

Providence_Health_LogoTexas-based Providence Healthcare Network (PHN) has retained FaithSearch Partners to manage search engagements for a Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Chief Nursing Officer (CNO). PHN is a ministry unit of Ascension Health, the largest faith-based (Catholic) and not-for-profit health system in the United States. Anchored by a 237-bed hospital in Waco, PHN is the region’s leading provider and enjoys a long history of strong financial performance.

“PHN is a well-established, comprehensive healthcare network with a reputation for delivering spiritually centered, holistic healthcare for more than 100 years,” said Ivan Bartolome, Senior Vice President of FaithSearch Partners.  “Candidates for the COO and CNO positions will have an opportunity to join a remarkable organization that continues—after decades of growth and development—to provide the best physicians and staff with leading-edge equipment and facilities in order to meet the growing needs of the individuals and communities they serve.”

“Both the COO and CNO will serve as key members of the PHN executive team,” said Ed Fry, President of FaithSearch Partners. “We are aggressively seeking highly-qualified, experienced healthcare leaders whose practical skills are rooted in a mission-driven context consistent with PHN’s core values.”

The COO will oversee most operational functions across an array of departments throughout PHN. He or she will be responsible for cultivating a high-performing hospital climate and will direct the executive team’s efforts to manage and improve patient care and overall operations system-wide. Top-tier candidates will have demonstrated ability to drive cost-efficient, high-quality healthcare and growth by ensuring optimal operating and management effectiveness in a progressive hospital setting.

The CNO assumes the ultimate leadership responsibility for all aspects of nursing care within PHC and will represent the interests of patients and caregivers to the executive team during strategic and policy-related discussions and decisions. He or she will be accountable for establishing credibility as an operationally astute leader capable of developing a high-performing nursing team and advancing clinical quality, employment engagement, customer service and productivity.

For more detailed information, or to refer a potential candidate, please contact Ivan Bartolome at or Ed Fry at edfry@faithsearchpartners. All inquiries are confidential.

FaithSearch Partners is one of the nation’s leading retained executive search firms and is the only one of its kind focused exclusively on identifying and recruiting leaders for churches, parachurch organizations, as well as faith-based hospitals and healthcare systems. Combined, consultants at FaithSearch Partners have successfully managed more than 450 executive-level searches for numerous high-profile faith-based organizations across the country. Its website can be found at

Providence Healthcare Network (PHN) is a complete healthcare network offering advanced medical facilities in virtually every medical discipline. The medical staff consists of 350 physicians, of which more than 200 are “active.”  The hospital generates approximately $275 million in annual net patient revenues and employs more than 2,000 associates. A member of Ascension Health, PHN has historically served a mission of compassion. That mission is practiced with a driving vision of excellence. PHN seeks to be the kind of healthcare provider where people want to work and where the community wants to come for care. For more information, please visit PHN’s website.


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