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Leadership Team

The Mercy Health Network leadership team works in a spirit of servant leadership. Our leaders serve with reverence, integrity, compassion, excellence, justice and stewardship. They are committed to serving the poor and vulnerable.

Our leaders maintain the highest standards for all MHN programs, facilities and employees. 

Keeping MHN at the forefront of health care, our leaders focus on providing the best care to every patient and their families in every community we serve. We maintain a workplace focused on compassion, human dignity and social justice.

If you have a question or concern, contact us.

Dave Vellinga

Dave Vellinga
Chief Executive Officer

Jack Dusenbery

Jack Dusenbery
Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare
President and Chief Executive Officer

Jim Fitzpatrick

Jim Fitzpatrick
Mercy Medical Center - Sioux City
President and Chief Executive Officer

Robert Ritz

Robert Ritz
Mercy Medical Center - Des Moines
President

Kay Takes

Kay Takes
Mercy Medical Center - Dubuque
President

Dan Varnum

Dan Varnum
Mercy Medical Center - North Iowa
President and Chief Executive Officer

Sean Williams

Sean Williams
Mercy Medical Center - Clinton
President and Chief Executive Officer

Barbara Gessel

Barbara Gessel
Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
bgessel@mercydesmoines.org

Dave Hickman

Dave Hickman
Vice President
dhickman@mercydesmoines.org

Steven Kukla

Steven Kukla
Senior Vice President and Interim Chief Financial Officer

Joe LeValley

Joseph LeValley
Senior Vice President, Planning & Advocacy
jlevalley@mercydesmoines.org

Janell Pittman

Janell Pittman
Vice President Marketing and Communications
jpittman@mercydesmoines.org

Marcia Smith

Marcia Smith
Vice President and General Counsel

David Swieskowski

Dr. David Swieskowski
Senior Vice President and President, Mercy ACO
dswieskowski@mercydesmoines.org

Mike Trachta

Mike Trachta
Vice President, Network CAH Operations
mtrachta@mercydesmoines.org

Colleen Walters

Colleen Walters
Vice President and Chief Mission Integration Officer
colleen.walters@mercyhealth.com

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