Mercy taps 3 leaders to spearhead specialty service lines

Mercy, a multistate health system based in St. Louis, has selected three leaders as presidents of specialty service lines. 

Brian Connor was named service line president of neurosciences; Michelle Fortune, BSN, RN, was named service line president of surgery and gastroenterology; and Dawn Martin was named service line president of women and children, according to a Jan. 8 news release. They join Matt Wright, who leads orthopedics and sports medicine, and Dana Haynie, who leads cancer care.

Mr. Connor previously served as COO of Health First in Melbourne, Fla. Ms. Fortune joins Mercy from St. Luke's Hospital in Columbus, N.C., where she served as CEO. Ms. Martin most recently served as president and CEO of Ascension Sacred Heart in Pensacola, Fla.

"Our goal is to provide a consistently positive experience for our patients and consumers across Mercy's many states," Jeff Ciaramita, MD, Mercy president of specialty service lines, said in the release. "With the collaborative efforts of Brian, Dana, Matt, Michelle and Dawn, together with our regional teams, we are well positioned to enhance and rapidly expand our quality care in each community. This strategic approach will provide our patients with increased access to low-cost, high-quality health care services everywhere that Mercy serves." 

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