Mercy VP Retires Oklahoma CEO Elected to B combining counseling, representation, data ob Vogel, vice collection, evaluation and citizen stories to inform policymakers and health providers. Healthcare Society president–managed D iana Smalley, care consulting for The W.K. Kellogg Foundation supports Mercy and interim FACHE, president children, families and communities as they CEO of Mercy Health and CEO of Mercy strengthen and create conditions that enable AROUND THE SYSTEM vulnerable children to achieve success as Health System of Plans (MHP), has Oklahoma, has been retired after 15 years of individuals and as contributors to the larger service to Mercy. elected to serve on the Bob Vogel community and society. • Mercy Considers Sponsorship Board of Governors During his time with of Joplin Hospital St. John’s Hospital Receives Diana Smalley of the American Mercy, Vogel was instrumental in guiding T College of Healthcare Mercy’s managed care efforts, including he Sisters of Mercy Health System (Mercy) has signed a letter of intent $1 Million Endowment, Executives (ACHE), a professional society the expansion of MHP into new service with Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) Becomes St. Jude Children’s of more than 30,000 healthcare executives. areas and increasing health plan/provider integration. He will continue to serve on to transfer the sponsorship of St. John’s Research Hospital Affiliate She will serve a three-year term representing ACHE affiliates on the organization’s Board MHP’s board of directors and in a part-time Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Mo., of Governors, the authority that manages consulting capacity as needed. from CHI to Mercy. A period of due ACHE operations and member services. • Lynn Britton, Mercy president and CEO, diligence is underway and, if successful, the and Ron Ashworth, chair of the board of transfer of sponsorship would take place directors of Mercy Health Ministry, Mercy’s later this year. Sister Honored for Service to governing body, will manage the duties of The proximity of St. John’s Regional to the communities served by Mercy makes Laredo, Texas MHP’s CEO role until a successor is found. this relationship a natural extension in terms of Mercy’s geographic presence. S ister Rosemary Welsh, RSM, Responsibility for managed care contracting has been assumed by Randy Combs, Mercy’s chief financial officer. • St. John’s Regional and Mercy also share William and Jane Pitt (center) with director of a history as health ministries that were their family, Rob and Julie Neal (left) outreach services • A first-place Most Improved Award for founded by the Sisters of Mercy and that and Doug and Julie Pitt (right) at Mercy having the highest reduction in failure rates continue to be shaped by this faith-based Ministries of appropriate core measures from 2007 to O heritage. n June 13, St. John’s Hospital in of Laredo’s 2008. St. John’s Regional includes a 367-bed Springfield, Mo., announced plans for Sr. Rosemary Welsh, Mercy Primary • A second-place Best Achievement Award hospital and Level 2 trauma center in Joplin, expanded children’s healthcare services that RSM, accepts her Healthcare for having the second highest appropriate a 25-bed rural hospital in Columbus, Kan., include a formal affiliation with St. Jude award from Laredo Services, and core measures from 2007 to 2008. and a physician clinic network representing Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis Community College President Juan executive St. Joseph’s Mercy was one of only 74 primary care and specialty physicians. The and the recruitment of the region’s first Maldonado. director of Casa three hospitals in the state to be presented organization is served by more than 2,200 pediatric hematology/oncology physician, de Misericordia, three awards. • employees and 250 physicians representing who will join St. John’s on August 1. recently was honored by Laredo Community more than 40 specialties. • A $1 million endowment to fund the position was given to St. John’s by the College with the 2009 President’s Beacon Mercy Leader Named Award. The award recognizes individuals Mississippi Health Advocacy family of Jane Pitt, including the Brad Pitt whose altruistic efforts have improved to CHA Board Program Receives Consumer Assistance Grant and Angelina Jolie family, Doug and Lisa Pitt and Rob and Julie Neal. and advanced the welfare of Laredo and its residents. Sr. Rosemary was recognized B rian O’Toole, Ph.D., senior vice president of mission and ethics M St. John’s Jane Pitt Pediatric Cancer for more than 30 years of service to the ississippi Health Advocacy Program for Mercy, has been Center will open this summer in a community. • (MHAP), one of Mercy’s sponsored elected to the Catholic temporary location within St. John’s community-based ministries, has received Health Association Hospital. St. John’s will be the sixth a grant totaling nearly $800,000 from the St. Jude affiliated pediatric hematology- St. Joseph’s Mercy Receives Three (CHA) board of W.K. Kellogg Foundation. MHAP will use Brian O’Toole, the funds to provide Mississippi’s parents oncology clinic in the U.S., serving AFMC Quality Awards trustees. He will serve a Ph.D. children throughout southwest Missouri three-year term. • with resources for healthcare advocacy on and northern Arkansas. • behalf of their children. They will do this by George Flynn Named to Performance Improvement Leadership Changes Leadership Role Jim Best has been named chief – business alignment for Mercy Information Services G eorge Flynn, current president and CEO of Mercy Health System Division, in addition to his current role as of Northwest Arkansas, vice president – regional implementation St. Joseph’s Mercy COO Anna Silva has been named in support of Genesis–Epic activities. (left) accepts the three AFMC awards, along with Quality Improvement senior vice president Jim Best Rene Crosswhite Coordinator Shelley Fedor, Vice of performance Rene Crosswhite has been named improvement for President-Medical Affairs Mark Larey, president – financial analytics and DO, Executive Director of Quality George Flynn Mercy. In this new planning for the Sisters of Assurance Anita Gottlieb and Clinical position, he will Mercy Health System. Outcomes Coordinator Lynn Pellegrino. provide executive leadership for areas that support performance improvement across S Jim Gebhart, FACHE, the health system, including performance t. Joseph’s Mercy Health Center in has been named president management, project management, Hot Springs, Ark., recently was honored of Mercy Health Center in operations consulting and the use of change by the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Oklahoma City. management methodologies such as Care (AFMC) with multiple quality improvement awards: Six Sigma, CAP, Work-Out® and Lean. Rhonda Hanan, RN, has Jim Gebhart Rhonda Hanan Lynne Mitchell Flynn will continue to serve as president • An Innovator Award for the development been named vice president and CEO of Mercy Health System of and implementation of “Hands Across and chief nursing officer Northwest Arkansas during the search for Hot Springs,” a community educational for Mercy Memorial Health a new CEO, and will transfer to his new project that helped kick off the World Center in Ardmore, Okla. position upon the arrival of a new CEO in Health Organization’s worldwide “5 Moments for Hand Hygiene” campaign. Northwest Arkansas. • Lynne Mitchell has been named regional chief financial officer (CFO) for the Sisters of Mercy Health First Class Mail System’s Arkansas facilities. Curtis Nikki Viner U.S. Postage David Tew Thompson PAID David Tew has been named CHESTERFIELD, MO chief operating officer for Mercy Permit No. 18 Health System of Oklahoma. Nikki Viner has been named vice president of market development for the Curtis Thompson has been named vice Sisters of Mercy Health System. • president, payor relations and contracting for the Sisters of Mercy Health System. Mercy is published quarterly by the Published by the Corporate Sisters of Mercy Health System Sisters of Mercy Health System. Its Communications Department, 14528 S. Outer Forty, Suite 100 purpose is to communicate Mercy Sisters of Mercy Health System, Chesterfield, MO 63017 activities and issues, to share ideas 314-579-6100 and information useful in managing Visit our Internet site at or delivering healthcare, to assist in Editor: http://www.mercy.net spreading a common Mercy culture, Nichole Burgdorf and to reinforce the Mission and Core firstname.lastname@example.org Values of the Health System.
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