Jefferson Lands New CEO From One Of The Country’s Largest Health Systems

Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health’s board of trustees have made their pick to take over what became the region’s largest health system under former CEO Dr. Stephen Klasko.

Dr. Joseph Cacchione will be the next CEO of Jefferson, effective Sept. 6.

Cacchione is executive vice president for clinical and network services at Ascension Health, one of the largest nonprofit health care systems in the country. St. Louis-based Ascension is a $28 billion organization with 165,000 employees across 145 hospitals and more than 2,600 care sites in 19 states and Washington, D.C.

Jefferson Health is a $6 billion enterprise with 43,000 employees and 18 hospitals in Philadelphia, the surrounding suburbs and South Jersey. Thomas Jefferson University is comprised of 10 colleges and four schools offering 200 undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 8,400 students.

Cacchione, a cardiologist, is familiar with Philadelphia having received his medical degree from Hahnemann University. Before joining Ascension in 2017, Cacchione spent eight years at the Cleveland Clinic where he was chairman of operations and strategy for its heart and vascular institute. Before that, he was executive vice president and chief of quality and operations at Saint Vincent’s Health System in Erie, Pennsylvania.

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