Corporate Traditions

Dear colleague,

I am extraordinarily humbled and grateful to be writing to you as President and CEO of our unique and special Ascension Florida ministry and family.

Together we have accomplished so many exciting things in the last few months, but most importantly we’ve served our patients, their loved ones, and one another with unparalleled quality, with the utmost respect and compassion, in a manner consistent with our values and the example of our Foundresses. We are truly blessed to continue the sacred mission of the Daughters of Charity, who more than 100 years ago laid the groundwork for our service today. It’s a genuine privilege to follow in their courageous footsteps and serve the people of our broader region as the pre-eminent Catholic health provider and value leader.

There have already been numerous milestones worthy of celebrating in just the few short months that we’ve been operating as one united Ascension Florida ministry, and our best times are clearly still to come. Our mission is fully alive and on brilliant display every moment of every day because of you, and because each day you choose to give the very best of yourself in service to others. I cannot tell you how much you mean to me personally, or what a difference you’re making in the lives of everyone entrusted to your care, especially those who are struggling the most.

Thank you for who you are, for choosing to let God use your gifts and talents here in our Ascension Florida ministry, and for all you do to help us grow, extend our healing mission, and help even more of our neighbors and their families. Please accept this gift for you and your family as one simple way we’re saying thank you to each of you this year.

May God bless you and your family during this joyous holiday season, and all throughout the coming year. I look forward to what I know we’ll accomplish together with God’s continued grace and providence, and I look forward to celebrating our continued success and flourishing in 2019.

From my heart and my home to yours, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.


Tom VanOsdol
President & CEO
Ascension Florida – Sacred Heart Health
System and St. Vincent’s HealthCare