Gwen M. MacKenzie
Senior Vice President and Michigan Market Leader
Gwen M. MacKenzie is Senior Vice President and Michigan Market Leader, Ascension Health. She provides strategic and operational leadership while promoting alignment among Health Ministries within the Michigan regional market and with the System Office on issues related to Mission and Vision. Prior to joining Ascension Health, Ms. MacKenzie served as president and CEO of Sarasota Memorial Health Care System, a regional medical center consisting of an 806-bed hospital, physician practices and a network of specialized medical campuses and clinics that include a nursing and rehabilitation center, a psychiatric hospital and urgent care and outpatient centers. Trained as an oncology nurse, Ms. MacKenzie worked for 25 years at the Detroit Medical Center before assuming the chief executive role at Sarasota Memorial. Starting as an advanced practice nurse practitioner, she worked her way from bedside care and clinical management to executive vice president and chief operating officer at DMC. She also was president of a number of the DMC hospitals and for a time served as interim CEO of the system.
MacKenzie attended the University of Michigan, earning a Bachelor of Science and a Master's in Health Services Administration. She received a Master's degree in Nursing from the University of California, Los Angeles.