Ascension Names New Chief Operating Officer for Sacred Heart and Providence

November 16, 2017 3:48 pm Published by

Susan Cornejo has been selected as the new chief operating officer for Providence Hospital in Mobile, Ala., and Sacred Heart Health System in Pensacola, Fla.  Both health systems are part of Ascension, the nation’s largest nonprofit health system.

Cornejo has served as the chief financial officer for both Sacred Heart and Providence for the past four years. Before that, she served as chief financial officer for Providence Hospital for three years.

She has broad experience in healthcare administration. She was vice president and corporate controller at St. Vincent’s Health System in Birmingham, Ala., and she previously served for eight years with HealthSouth in South Carolina and later Birmingham as divisional controller.  She also worked in a variety of roles for Parkview Health System in Fort Wayne, Ind., for 14 years.

Cornejo is a certified public accountant who earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Indiana University-Purdue University and a master’s degree in business administration from Indiana Wesleyan University.

About Ascension

On the Gulf Coast, Ascension operates Sacred Heart Health System based in Pensacola and Providence Hospital in Mobile, Ala.  Together, these Ascension healthcare facilities have served Gulf Coast communities for more than 160 years and they employ more than 6,600 associates. Across the region, Ascension provided more than $113 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty in fiscal year 2016.  Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. Ascension is the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, operating 2,500 sites of care – including 141 hospitals and more than 30 senior living facilities – in 24 states and the District of Columbia. For more on Sacred Heart Health System, visit  More information on Providence Hospital is available at