Amber Sims Promoted to Senior Vice President, Strategy, for Ascension

Oct 07, 2020 at 06:38 am by WGNS

Amber Sims

(NASHVILLE)  Amber Sims has been promoted to serve as Senior Vice President, Strategy for Ascension, effective October 5th. Amber previously served as Chief Strategy Officer for Ascension Saint Thomas and has been a part of the ministry for almost 20 years.

Amber began her career with Ascension at Baptist Hospital, now Ascension Saint Thomas Hospital Midtown in 2001 and has since advanced through operations, clinical services and strategy roles. She served as Vice President of Saint Thomas Health Alliance from 2013 until 2015 when she became Chief Strategy Officer for the AScension Saint Thomas system. 


During her time at Ascension Saint Thomas, Amber has played a critical role in the ongoing growth and success of the health system. She has been a key leader in the development of Ascension Saint Thomas’ ambulatory strategy and led the development of many strategic partnerships focused on expanding the footprint of the system across middle Tennessee.  Amber also co-led, along with her colleague Nancy Anness, the first ever Medical Mission at Home that began in Tennessee and has since expanded across Ascension’s national ministries.

In her new role, Amber will work with the national Ascension Leadership Team in the creation of a single national strategic plan for Ascension, aligning their portfolio and investments to position the organization to further thrive into the future.

“Ascension Saint Thomas’ leadership team has been fortunate to have Amber’s skill and expertise and she will be a great addition to Ascension’s national strategy team,” said Tim Adams, president & CEO, Ascension Saint Thomas. “I look forward to seeing Amber succeed in her new role. Please join me in thanking Amber for her many outstanding contributions to Ascension Saint Thomas and congratulating her on this well-deserved promotion.” 

About Ascension Saint Thomas

In Tennessee, Ascension Saint Thomas operates nine hospital campuses in addition to a comprehensive network of affiliated joint ventures, medical practices, clinics and rehabilitation facilities that cover a 68-county area and employ more than 10,000 associates.  Across the state, Ascension Saint Thomas provided more than $150 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty in fiscal year 2020. Serving Tennessee for 15 years, 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. 

About Ascension

Ascension ( is a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As one of the leading non-profit and Catholic health systems in the U.S., Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. In FY2019, Ascension provided $2 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs. Ascension includes approximately 156,000 associates and 34,000 aligned providers. The national health system operates more than 2,600 sites of care – including 150 hospitals and more than 50 senior living facilities – in 20 states and the District of Columbia, while providing a variety of services including physician practice management, venture capital investing, investment management, biomedical engineering, facilities management, clinical care management, information services, risk management, and contracting through Ascension’s own group purchasing organization.

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