Andrew Santos, BA, M. Div, MBA, D. HCML (cand.)

Andrew Santos, BA, M.Div., MBA, D. HCML

Senior Vice President, Mission Integration
CHI Health, St. Alexius Health and Fargo Divisions, CommonSpirit Health

Dr. Andrew J. Santos III (Andy) is the Senior Vice President, Mission Integration for CHI Health a Catholic Health System with 28 hospitals, 200 clinics and a number of specialized ministries across eight dioceses within four states.  CHI Health also serves as the Midwest Division of CommonSpirit Health, a nonprofit, faith-based health system, serving as the nation’s largest Catholic health system. With 140 hospitals and 700 care sites served by 150,000 employees and 25,000 physicians and offering over $5 billion in direct community benefit, CommonSpirit is committed to its mission of “making known the healing presence of God in the world especially to those who are most vulnerable”.  Andy’s position is responsible for ensuring the Catholic Identity, Mission and Core Values of the ministry permeate the culture, strategy and operations of the ministry sites of CHI Health in Nebraska, North Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa. 

Andrew has worked in Catholic healthcare for more than fifteen years as a Mission Integration executive, responsible for the strategic and executive leadership of health systems vis-a-vis their Catholic identity by helping them fulfill their Mission, Vision and Values in all aspects of organizational culture. Andrew’s areas of executive responsibility have included leadership over pastoral care, community benefit, ethics, advocacy, ecclesial relations, philanthropy, workplace spirituality and formation for executives, physicians, management and front-line staff. Before entering healthcare, Andrew worked for nearly ten years in various positions within the Archdiocese of Chicago including Administrator, Director of Liturgy and Director of Religious Education.  With more than 25 years of experience in nonprofit faith-based executive leadership, Andrew has served as a writer and speaker in a myriad of areas including catechetical training, liturgical formation, mission inculcation, education, sponsorship, mission integration and church design, but to name a few.

 Andrew completed a Doctorate in Health Care Mission Leadership (D.HCML.) through Loyola University Chicago in 2023, a Masters in Business Administration with a Healthcare Management concentration (M.B.A.) through Indiana Wesleyan University in 2010, a Masters in Divinity (M.Div.) through the University of St. Mary of the Lake University in 1997 and an undergraduate B.A. from Loyola University Chicago in Theology, Philosophy and Psychology in 1993.

An avid reader and fan of movies, Andrew notes his greatest blessing in life is his family. He credits his amazing wife Melissa and his four wonderful children (Nicholas, Kailee, Logan and Andrew IV {Drew}) as his inspiration stating, “If I ever doubt whether I am loved by God, I only have to look at my family to be reminded that God must surely love me indeed to bless me with them.”