Bob Ritz Named CEO of Mercy Health Network

Bob Ritz Named CEO of Mercy Health Network

Monday, May 1, 2017

Today Mercy Health Network (MHN) announced that its Board of Directors has named Bob Ritz as Chief Executive Officer effective July 1, 2017.  Bob has led Mercy Des Moines as President since 2013.

Dave Vellinga who announced his retirement as CEO in November of last year says, “Bob has boundless energy, unquestionable integrity, commitment to our ministries, drive, focus and compassion.  He uses all of his talents to build high performing teams and I am excited for the future of Mercy Health Network under his leadership.”

Dean Swindle, MHN board member and president of enterprise business lines and the chief financial officer for Catholic Health Initiatives adds, “Bob has done an excellent job leading his team in adapting to the constant changes in health care and transitioning from a volume based environment to focus on value and health for our patients.”

Bob’s selection as CEO follows a thorough search conducted by Witt/Kieffer, which included extensive vetting of candidates from across the country.  Sally Jeffcoat, MHN Board President and Executive Vice President, West/Midwest Group Trinity Health, says “Today is an incredibly exciting day for Mercy Health Network.  Bob has a history of creating a next-level vision for the Catholic Health Care systems he leads, a record of accomplishment in leading organizations to improved financial performance, innovating to improve health care experiences and outcomes and builds strong relationships within both the medical community and through the many community boards he serves.”

Mercy Health Network (MHN), based in West Des Moines, IA, is an integrated system of hospitals, clinics and other health care facilities dedicated to delivering outstanding health care services and improving the health of people throughout Iowa and contiguous areas.  MHN and its two owner-members own and operate eight medical centers and other services in six major markets in Iowa – Clinton, Des Moines, Dubuque, Mason City, Sioux City and Waterloo/Cedar Falls – and community hospitals in seven other locations. MHN has 27 affiliated organizations that participate through contracts for management and other services, and a joint-ventured surgical hospital in South Dakota.  Find care here

More than 2,000 physicians and advanced practice clinicians provide care in MHN facilities.  Nearly 1,000 of them formally integrated into the organization, making MHN one of the largest multi-specialist physician group practices in Iowa.

MHN is a recognized leader in improving community health.  The Mercy ACO (Accountable Care Organization) has been recognized at one of the most successful ACOs in the nation.  Using health coaches and other innovative techniques to help people better manage chronic diseases and improve their overall health, the Mercy ACO has helped reduce hospital admissions, Emergency Department visits and other expensive types of care.  Medicare and other health insurers report they have saved more than $40 million in health care costs in the past 4 years as a result of the Mercy ACO’s efforts.

MHN was founded in 1998 under a joint operating agreement between two of the largest Catholic, not-for-profit health organizations in the United States: Catholic Health Initiatives, based in Englewood, Colorado, and Trinity Health, based in Livonia, Michigan.  MHN includes more than 3,200 licensed hospital beds, employs more than 17,000 people and has annual operating revenues of more than $2.5 billion.

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