Ascension Michigan Announces Two Key Leadership Appointments

(Shanna Jonson  — photo provided by Ascension Michigan)

Ascension Michigan recently named Shanna Johnson as the chief operating officer of Ascension St. John Hospital and
Ascension River District Hospital. Cecilia Rutherford was selected as vice president of nursing for Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital. Both leaders have years of extensive leadership experience in the healthcare industry, serving both local and national healthcare organizations.

Johnson is a seasoned executive leader with more than 15 years of experience who comes to Ascension Michigan from Trinity Health at Home, a member of Trinity Health, where she served as senior executive director for the past two years. Prior to that role, Johnson was vice president, Service Excellence, and Imaging Services, at Beaumont Hospital. Her professional experience also includes leadership roles with Henry Ford Health System, Orchard’s Children’s Services, and University Health Services Pharmacy.

In collaboration with the hospitals’ executive leadership team, Johnson will be responsible for formulating and overseeing strategic planning for both hospitals, as well as operations and policies and practices. Johnson earned both a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and a Master of Health Services
in administration from the University of Michigan.

Shanna Jonson is a transformational leader with a proven track record for improving organizational quality and the patient experience,” said Kevin Grady M.D., President of Ascension St. John Hospital and Ascension River District Hospital.“Her commitment to collaborating with various teams will help push our Mission, Vision, and Values forward.”

Cecilia Rutherford

Rutherford has held many progressive positions in healthcare for more than 25 years. Most recently, she has served as the inpatient director of nursing at Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital and prior to that was a nursing manager at Ascension Genesys Hospital. Rutherford received both her Bachelor’s and Masters of Science degrees in nursing from the University of Phoenix.

Cecilia Rutherford leads with compassion to help ensure our patients’ needs are met,” said Christopher Palazzolo, president of Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital.. “She is a leader who believes in making a long-lasting impact on the communities we serve. Cecilia’s positive outlook for the future will contribute to successful patient outcomes.”


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