Ascension Names Rafael Bloise as Chief Medical Officer of Senior Care

ST. LOUIS — Ascension, a St. Louis-based health system, has named Rafael Bloise as chief medical officer of senior care, including Ascension Living.

In this role, Bloise will be responsible for the clinical direction and strategy across Ascension Living, as well as champion the implementation of a national palliative care strategy in partnership with each Ascension acute care market.

Bloise comes to Ascension from Mercy Health West Michigan, where he served as the regional medical director of the Palliative and Support Care Program.

Bloise is board certified in internal medicine, hospice and palliative medicine, and healthcare ethics. He earned his medical degree from Universidad Iberoamericana in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He completed his internal medicine residency and internship at TriHealth Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio, and hospice and palliative medicine fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. In addition, he holds a master’s degree in bioethics and health policy from Loyola University in Chicago and an M.B.A. from Northeastern University’s D’Amore-McKim School of Business in Boston.