Vice President and Principal
AscentHealth Consulting, LLC
“All roads have led me here.”
Mary Coyne is a distinguished communicator and healthcare consultant with a passion for improving the health of communities through research-based strategies that make a significant measurable impact on the health of targeted populations.
Over her career, Mary has been deeply involved in literally thousands of projects in the realms of healthcare, prevention and community building. She believes all roads have led her to this place where she can help communities improve their overall health.
Mary’s community healthcare experience includes the following:
- Leading the marketing efforts for two hospitals, each with more than 200 licensed beds, and two large physician practices.
- Providing strategic and media consultation for more than a decade to a tobacco prevention and control coalition with an annual budget of $500,000.
- Pursuing a volunteer career with the American Cancer Society since 1980. This has included mission delivery work on the local, state and multi-state levels, allowing her to learn from and access strategic data that leads to strong policies and decisions that can have the greatest impact on the largest numbers of people.
- Serving her local United Way since 1980, including as the volunteer Vice President of Community Impact. In this capacity, she led the organization’s efforts to address the most pressing needs in the areas of health, income and education.
- Serving on the executive committee of a regional behavioral health alliance to create systems change throughout a large geographic area.
- Working with a number of community coalitions to learn best practices for creating, managing and motivating coalitions to achieve results that improve the health of their communities. One such coalition was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and addressed issues surrounding poverty and low educational attainment by emphasizing data-driven decision making.
In her work with the American Cancer Society, United Way and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Mary has seen time and time again the value and importance of basing strategic decisions on solid research, such as that gained through a Community Health Needs Assessment.
She is a passionate believer that every community can bring people together to understand the data and learn to address their own unique challenges to create a healthier place for all.