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Mercy reshapes organization to meet patient needs and evolving health care environment

January 27, 2012

(DES MOINES, Iowa)­—In an effort to maximize quality patient care with the needed flexibility for today’s health care delivery, Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines is announcing a reorganization which will integrate clinical and administrative functions across the organization.

This new integrated leadership will better align operational functions across the Mercy enterprise. Under the plan, seven physician leaders have been selected to partner with an administrative colleague. Together each two-member team, or “dyad,” will be accountable for the performance of their respective areas. Additionally the physician leaders will be charged with working together as a team to ensure the overall coordination and quality of patient care.

“This new structure creates an exciting opportunity to innovatively coordinate patient care across our broad organization,” said Mercy President & CEO David H. Vellinga. “Our goal, to deliver the right care, in the right place at the right time, has never been more important. With the ever-evolving landscape of health care reform, we believe physician engagement and leadership is key to success. Mercy has always had great physician leaders, but now we’re formalizing their leadership roles by clearly defining them, and engaging them to lead clinical changes and operational improvements. By implementing this model we believe we will bring the best thinking and planning together to meet the needs of our patients, families and staff.”

Mercy’s new integrated structure will be achieved without adding any new administrative functions in the organization or changes in staffing. The reorganization will be effective Feb. 1.

About Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines

Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines is an 802-bed acute care, not-for-profit Catholic hospital situated on three campuses. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1893, Mercy is the longest continually operating hospital in Des Moines and one of the largest employers in the state, with more than 6,600 employees and a medical staff of more than 950 physicians and clinicians.

Mercy Medical Center–Des Moines is part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), a national nonprofit health organization with headquarters in Denver, Colo. The faith-based system operates in 19 states and includes 73 hospitals; 40 long-term care, assisted- and residential-living facilities; two community health services organizations; and home health agencies.  Visit www.mercydesmoines.org.

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Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines

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