Andrew J. Santos III (Andy) serves the staff and patients of CommonSpirit Health in three states by insuring the Catholic identity, Mission and Core Values permeate the culture, business practices and the way healthcare is delivered across eight Dioceses in the four states of North Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota and Iowa. CommonSpirit Health is the nation’s largest nonprofit, Catholic health system. Created in February 2019 through the alignment of Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health, CommonSpirit Health is dedicated to advancing health for all people through delivering exceptional patient care, and ensuring every person has access to quality health care.
Andy has worked in Catholic healthcare for almost fifteen years as a Mission Integration executive, responsible for the strategic and executive leadership of health systems related to their Catholic identity by helping them to fulfill their Mission, Vision and Values in all aspects of organizational culture. Before entering the healthcare field, Andy 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 20 years of experience in nonprofit faith-based executive leadership, Andy has served as a writer and speaker in topics ranging from catechetical training to liturgical formation, mission inculcation, education, sponsorship, mission integration and church design.
Andy completed his Master’s in Business Administration (M.B.A.) with a Healthcare Management concentration through Indiana Wesleyan University in December 2010, a Masters in Divinity (M.Div.) through the University of St. Mary of the Lake University in 1997 and an undergraduate B.A. (cum laude) from Loyola University Chicago with majors / minors in Theology, Philosophy and Psychology in 1993. He is currently enrolled in a Doctorate in Health Care Mission Leadership (D.HCML) program through Loyola University Chicago with an expected completion date of December, 2022.
Among his greatest blessings in life, Andy says, are his family. He credits his wife Melissa and his four wonderful children, Nicholas, Kailee, Logan and Andrew IV, as his inspiration stating, “If I ever wonder if I am loved by God, I only have to look at my family to be reminded that God must surely love me to bless me with the family He has given me.”