Mercy Health - Cincinnati shakes up leadership team: 19 things to know

Mercy Health - Cincinnati has named various leaders, including a new CEO, in hopes of driving further integration between physician, clinical and operational leadership.

Here are 19 things to know about the appointments.

Michael W. Garfield was named CEO and senior vice president of the Cincinnati Region, effective immediately.

1. Mr. Garfield succeeds John Starcher, who was named president and CEO of Cincinnati-based Mercy Health last month.

2. Mr. Garfield previously was division president at Naples, Fla.-based Health Management Associates, serving as Division 3 president providing leadership over its 13 hospital operations in Tennessee, Missouri, Kentucky and West Virginia.

3. He has also held executive leadership roles with Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems.

4. Mr. Garfield earned a bachelor's degree in economics and business administration from Furman University in Greenville, S.C., and a master's degree in healthcare administration from Tulane University in New Orleans. 

David Fikse was named COO of the Cincinnati Region, effective May 9.

5. Mr. Fikse will take over the role previously held by Mr. Garfield.

6. He most recently served at Community Health Systems, as vice president of operations for a division with 30 facilities, including 15 hospitals in 10 states. Previously, he was vice president of operations for a division with 24 facilities, including 10 hospitals in three states.

7. He also previously served as CEO of ValleyCare Health System in Youngstown, Ohio.

8. Mr. Fikse earned a bachelor's degree in health planning and administration from Pennsylvania State University in University Park and a master's degree in business administration from DePaul University in Chicago.

Erin Fries, MD, was named chief clinical officer of the Cincinnati Region.

9. Dr. Fries has been serving as medical director for the accountable care organization, Mercy Health Select, as well as practicing family medicine.

10. As regional chief clinical officer, she is responsible for providing physician executive leadership for the Cincinnati Region's clinical enterprises.

11. Dr. Fries will continue to see patients through the end of May in addition to serving as the Cincinnati Region's chief clinical officer.

12. She earned her medical degree from University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

Justin McGoldrick, MD, was named CMO of acute care.

13. Dr. McGoldrick was previously Mercy Health – Cincinnati's CMO.

14. In his new role as CMO of acute care, he will help lead the vice presidents of medical affairs in Mercy Health's hospitals.

15. Dr. McGoldrick earned his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans.

Cari Ogg, MD, was named CMO of Mercy Health Physicians.

16. Dr. Ogg practices general and laparoscopic surgery and was the medical director of Mercy Health Physicians – Cincinnati's surgical specialty service line.

17. As CMO of Mercy Health Physicians, she provides clinical leadership for the group and works in close collaboration with MHP COO Courtney Seitz.

18. Dr. Ogg will continue to care for patients on a limited basis as she fulfills her new role.

19. Dr. Ogg earned her medical degree from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.


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