CEO Diana Smalley: Leading Mercy, ACHE to Improve, Unite Healthcare

Diana Smalley, FACHE, has served as the regional president of Mercy's West Communities since 2007.

Diana Smalley leads Mercy, ACHE to Improve, Unite HealthcareAs regional president, Ms. Smalley oversees Oklahoma hospitals and clinics. During her tenure, she has encouraged Mercy Health hospitals, like Mercy Health Center in Oklahoma City, to offer quality care while improving technology and maintaining environmental sustainability. As a result, Mercy Health Center is a leader in breast imaging and research, robotic surgery and in treating stroke and heart disease. The hospital is among the six percent of healthcare organizations to have a comprehensive electronic health record system that provides real-time, paperless access to patient information. Additionally, Mercy Health was named one of Oklahoma's environmental best for keeping 12,000 pounds of waste from local landfills by reprocessing medical devices.

In March, Ms. Smalley was elected the 2012 to 2013 chairman-elect of the American College of Healthcare Executives. As chairman-elect of ACHE, she will continue her focus on improving healthcare. Specifically, Ms. Smalley will work to unite a clear vision for the future of healthcare. Ms. Smalley is the second nurse and fifth female officer of ACHE since 1933.

Prior to serving Mercy, Ms. Smalley served in various leadership roles with Alegent Health in Omaha, Neb. She has over 40 years of healthcare experience.

Correction: A previous version of this profile had Ms. Smalley as the first female officer of ACHE when she is the fifth female officer.

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