Desien Receives WHA Distinguished Service Award

November 19, 2015

MADISON ----- Nick Desien, senior vice president, Ascension Health, and Ministry market leader, received the Wisconsin Hospital Association 2015 Distinguished Service Award for his service to the health care industry, community and to the Association.

WHA annually honors individuals who have served the health care community and who have made an exemplary commitment to WHA and the communities they serve. WHA President/CEO Eric Borgerding presented the award to Desien at a Ministry Board of Director’s meeting November 2 in Milwaukee.

Desien began his career at Baltimore City Hospital in Maryland. He arrived in Wisconsin in 1986 as the first chief financial officer of Ministry Health Care. Desien was named executive vice president in 1996, president and chief operating officer in 1997, and president/CEO in 1998. In 2013, he led the merger of Ministry Health Care and the Marion Health Care system, with Ascension the world’s largest Catholic health care organization. Desien currently serves as senior vice president of Ascension Health and the Ministry market leader for Wisconsin. In this capacity he provides strategic direction and execution to the national Ascension health care ministry, and has executive oversight of Ministry Health Care and Columbia St. Mary’s, the two Ascension ministries in Wisconsin.

His career has been distinguished by his leadership of Ministry Health Care and Ascension, and his commitment to the industry through his service to the Wisconsin Hospital Association. Desien’s engagement with and support of WHA spans nearly 30 years. He currently serves on WHA’s Board of Directors and has served on numerous WHA councils and task forces.

In presenting the award, Borgerding said Desien’s leadership is evident not only in the organizations he serves, but also in the contributions he has made to the broader health care community in Wisconsin.

“We are fortunate to have committed health care leaders, who have not only helped make Wisconsin one of the best states in the country for health care, but who’s engagement and commitment to WHA has made it one of the state’s leading advocacy and lobbying voices. Nick Desien is one of these outstanding leaders,” according to Borgerding. “Nick has made an exemplary commitment to WHA, but through his engagement in public policy, he has also made a significant contribution toward the high-quality, high-value health care that is a hallmark of Wisconsin.”

The Wisconsin Hospital Association, based in Madison, advocates for the ability of its more than 130 hospital and health system members to lead in the provision of high quality, affordable, and accessible health care services, resulting in healthier Wisconsin communities.

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