Keeping Up

May 15, 2017


Organizations within Cincinnati-based Mercy Health have made these changes:

  • Jeffrey Dempsey to president for Mercy Health — St. Vincent Medical Center and Children's Hospital, part of Mercy Health's Toledo, Ohio, region. He was president and chief operating officer of Mercy Health — St. Charles Hospital in Oregon, Ohio. Dempsey replaces Tom Arquilla, who during the leadership search functioned in a dual capacity as interim president for St. Vincent and Children's along with his role as chief strategy officer for Mercy Health — Toledo.
  • Dr. Imran Andrabi will depart as president and chief executive of Mercy Health — Toledo region, and senior vice president of the Mercy system, effective May 26. He will be president and chief executive of northeast Wisconsin's ThedaCare health system. Brian Smith, Mercy Health chief operating officer, will be interim executive leader as the organization conducts a search for a new president and chief executive.

Jeanne Leydon to president and chief executive of Mary Immaculate Health/Care Services of Lawrence, Mass., from administrator of home and community-based services at Mary Immaculate.

Aaron Puchbauer to president and chief executive of HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital in Shelbyville, Ill., effective May 15. He was interim president and chief executive for HSHS St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield, Ill. E.J. Kuiper, Hospital Sisters Health System Central Illinois division president and chief executive, will replace Puchbauer on an interim basis as head of the Litchfield hospital.


Richard DeCarlo to executive vice president and chief operating officer of PeaceHealth of Vancouver, Wash.

Donn Sorensen to executive vice president of operations for Mercy of Chesterfield, Mo.

Traci Thompson to system director of advocacy and public policy for Irving, Texas-based CHRISTUS Health. Thompson will focus on Louisiana and federal policy and advocacy priorities.

Tammie Jones to chief nursing officer of Presence Saint Joseph Hospital in Chicago.


The Saint Clare's Foundation of Denville, N.J., and Morristown, N.J., has gifted the majority of its assets to the Community Foundation of New Jersey to promote health and wellness in New Jersey's Morris and Sussex counties. The transfer of total assets was in excess of $2 million. Catholic Health Initiatives of Englewood, Colo., sold the three-hospital Saint Clare's Health System to Prime Healthcare Services in 2015. The system's foundation selected the 38-year-old Community Foundation of New Jersey to continue Saint Clare's Foundation's legacy.

HSHS St. Elizabeth's Foundation of Belleville, Ill., has received a $1.28 million gift from the W.E. Renth Trust. One million dollars of the gift will go toward the St. Elizabeth's replacement hospital capital campaign. The balance will be placed in an endowment for maintaining the facility. The gift is from a trust established to benefit Renth's sister, Betty Renth. She released the funds. W.E. and Betty Renth — both longtime supporters of the hospital — will receive recognition in the replacement hospital's Heart and Vascular Center. The late William E. Renth was vice president of First Community Bank in New Baden, Ill.


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