Neeysa Biddle is retiring as Senior Vice President, Ascension Healthcare and CEO of St. Vincent's Health System (STVHS), effective June 30. She will continue working with Ascension's newly created Consulting Network, LLC.
Jason Alexander, formerly with Ascension's Providence Health System in Mobile, and most recently with Tenet Healthcare will be rejoining Ascension to serve as President and CEO of STVHS.
Biddle began leading STVHS on an interim basis in September 2014, then assumed the role fully in February 2015. She already was intimately familiar with St. Vincent's, having served there as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer from 2005 to 2011.
Biddle was named one of the Birmingham Business Journal's Most Influential Executives in 2015 and 2016. She has served on the Alabama Hospital Association's Board of Directors and as an adjunct faculty member at UAB's School of Health Professions, where she was selected as the 2001 Alumnus of the Year. She has been named one of the Top 40 Graduates of the UAB Health Administration program and North Alabama Girl Scouts' 2012 Woman of the Year.
Jason Alexander, FACHE has served as CEO of East Cooper Medical Center in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, part of Tenet Healthcare, since 2011. While at East Cooper the hospital received Tenet's Circle of Excellence recognition, awarded to Tenet's highest-performing hospitals, in 2013, 2014 and 2016. The hospital more than doubled its operating performance and improved two letter grades in its Leapfrog Safety Score, while improving associate engagement and physician net promoter scores.
"Jason has never failed to impress me with his desire to make a difference, his leadership and achievements," Biddle said.
"I am excited to return to Ascension," Alexander said. "It is an honor to follow in the footsteps of Neeysa Biddle, who I have known for over 20 years."
Alexander earned a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of South Alabama and master's degrees in health administration and business administration from UAB. In addition, last year he completed a post-graduate program on Strategy for Healthcare Delivery through the Harvard Business School Executive Education Program, and in 2009 earned a graduate certificate in Catholic Healthcare Ministry Leadership from Aquinas Institute of Theology, St. Louis.
He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and has served on several boards including the local chapter of the American Heart Association.