Ascension Health, St. Louis, said it has filled the chief operating officer post left vacant when Anthony Tersigni was promoted to president and chief executive officer of the Roman Catholic system. The new COO is Robert Henkel, who joined Ascension in 1998. Most recently, Henkel, 50, was president of Ascension's Great Lakes and Mid-Atlantic states operating group, overseeing hospitals in eight states and the District of Columbia. Before joining Ascension, he was executive vice president and acting CEO of Mount Sinai Medical Center, Miami Beach, Fla. Ascension was ranked as the largest Catholic hospital system in Modern Healthcare's 2004 systems survey.
In other news, Ascension Health Ventures, the investment arm of Ascension, has invested a $2.5 million in a fledgling information technology company that markets a system to track supplies and people in hospitals. The company, Radianse of Lawrence, Mass., also received $3.25 million each from HLM Venture Partners and Partech International -- for a total of $9 million in secondary financing. Radianse makes indoor positioning systems that use radio-frequency identification technology to track people and objects in hospitals. -- by Vince Galloro and John Morrissey