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Executive Leadership Team




John StarcherJohn M. Starcher

Executive Vice President, Operations
President and CEO, Mercy Health - Cincinnati

John Starcher was the former President and Chief Executive Officer of Health Management Associates (“HMA”) a publicly traded, $6 Billion Net Revenue, integrated acute care delivery system with 71 hospitals across 15 states in the US.  In this capacity, he guided HMA through a shareholder proxy vote that resulted in the replacement of the entire incumbent board and, ultimately the successful sale of HMA to Community Health Systems.  Prior to assuming the role of President and CEO, Mr. Starcher served as President of the Eastern Group -- HMA’s largest and most profitable division which had 23 hospitals in Tennessee, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Prior to joining HMA, Mr. Starcher was with Mercy Health, formerly Catholic Health Partners (“CHP”), where he served as the CEO of three of their four divisions – overseeing more than 20 acute care hospitals, 5 long term care facilities, 6 home health agencies and dozens of affiliated clinical practices with more than $3 Billion in Net Revenue across the states of Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Tennessee.  Previously, at CHP, he also served as the CEO of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Region, the Senior Vice President of Human Resources, and Corporate Associate General Counsel.

Mr. Starcher began his health care career in academic medicine, serving six years in progressive leadership roles at the Medical College of Ohio, now the University of Toledo Medical Center.

Mr. Starcher has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Bowling Green State University and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Toledo.  He is licensed to practice law in the State of Ohio and has actively served as a Director on more than 16 Boards, in industries which include banking, insurance, sub-acute health care, acute health care, specialty care and physician practices.


Claire Grandpr√ɬ© CombsClaire Grandpré Combs

Senior Vice President of Legal Services, General Counsel
Mercy Health

Claire Grandpré Combs serves as the Senior Vice President of Legal Services and General Counsel for Mercy Health. Combs manages all legal services for the organization, its subsidiaries and joint venture affiliates pertaining to a wide range of issues including general corporate matters, contracting, management care, claims and risk management, safety, patient care, medical staff, corporate compliance, labor law and effective utilization of legal services. She also serves as a liaison to the Board of Trustees and facilitates governance development.

Combs joined Mercy Health in 1990 as Vice President of Legal Services with oversight of Risk Management, Quality, Medical Records, and Infection Control. Prior to joining Mercy Health, Combs worked as an associate with Dinsmore & Shohl, a Cincinnati-based law firm. She earned her Doctorate in Jurisprudence from the University of Cincinnati School of Law, where she attained the honor membership of The Order of the Coif. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.


Randy Curnow, MDRandy Curnow, MD

President
Mercy Health Physicians – Cincinnati and Springfield

Dr. Curnow is President of Mercy Health Physicians – Cincinnati and Springfield. He served previously as Vice President of Medical Affairs for the regional partner physician group.

Dr. Curnow came to Mercy Health from Summit Medical Group in Knoxville, TN. As Executive Vice President/Chief Medical Officer, he worked on accountable care, clinical integration, medical home and quality measurement and improvement strategies. His areas of responsibility included clinical quality reporting, metrics and improvement, the accountable care division, patient experience and satisfaction, care management and coordination services, hospitalists services, workplace wellness programs and urgent care centers. He developed the first patient-centered medical home program in Tennessee recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).

Prior to this, Dr. Curnow was with Boylan Medical Group in Raleigh, NC for 10 years where he served as President and practiced in Internal Medicine.

Dr. Curnow has received the NCQA Physician Recognition Award for Diabetes and Heart/Stroke Care (2007). He also has given numerous lectures and presentations across the country and authored publications and papers.

Dr. Curnow holds a number of certifications and professional associations, as well as an MBA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA and Residency in Internal Medicine and Internship in Psychiatry from Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA. He holds his MD from University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, VA.


Patricia Davis-HagensPat Davis-Hagens

Central Market Leader and President of The Jewish Hospital and Chief Nursing Officer (CNO), Mercy Health

Pat Davis-Hagens is the Central Market Leader and President of The Jewish Hospital and Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) for Mercy Health; she joined Mercy Health in 2006.

Davis-Hagens most recently served as Operations Executive for Mercy Health – The Heart Institute; Chief Nursing Officer and Chief Operating Officer for Mercy Health – Fairfield Hospital.

As VP of Clinical Operations and CNO, Davis-Hagens has overall accountability for providing leadership, direction and administration of operations associated with all patient care and clinical services for Mercy Health. She ensures the realization of quality and economical healthcare services within established facilities and system guidelines and philosophies.

Davis-Hagens is responsible for driving, supporting and modeling a service-oriented culture focused on employee engagement, quality, patient safety, service excellence, fiscal responsibility and the overall patient experience. She served as a member of the executive leadership team, building and supporting effective collegial relationships with applicable internal and external constituents and stakeholders and ensuring optimal operating effectiveness and strategic positioning. Concurrently, Davis-Hagens maximizes opportunities for growth and achievement of the mission and vision of Mercy Health.

Davis-Hagens started with Mercy Health in 2006 as Vice President of Patient Care Services and CNO at Fairfield Hospital, before moving into her current roles. Over these last seven years she has had responsibility for the nursing division, emergency services, surgical services, rehabilitation services and pharmacy services.

Davis-Hagens reorganized the patient care delivery system, implemented a shared governance structure, increased recruitment and retention of registered nurses and effective nursing leaders and initiated clinical task forces to improve quality outcomes and processes.

Prior to joining Mercy Health, Davis-Hagens spent 20 years with Provena Covenant Medical Center in Illinois as CNO, COO, Vice President of Patient Care Services/CNE, Director of Community Care Services, Director of Surgical Services and Nurse Manager. She began her career with Boston City Hospital in a variety of roles, including: head nurse, clinical coordinator of employee health services, nurse internship coordinator, unit-based educator and staff nurse. Pat also is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the American Organization of Nurse Executives.

Davis-Hagens holds an MBA from Plymouth State College in New Hampshire, where she was valedictorian; Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Salem State College in Massachusetts; A.S. in Nursing from Northeastern University, Boston; and a Diploma from the Department of Health and Hospitals School of Practical Nursing in Boston. She resides with her husband in Cincinnati.


Sr. Cheryl Erb, RSM

Senior Vice President Mission Integration
Mercy Health

Sr. Cheryl Erb, RSM serves as the Senior Vice President of Mission Integration for Mercy Health. In this role, Erb supports Executive Leadership as chief mission officer by creatively and effectively weaving the Mission and Values of Mercy Health into organizational strategies, programs and processes. As a part of Mercy Health’s Lead the Ministry team, Erb works to develop the corporate agenda, strategic direction and operational effectiveness of the system in the context of Mission and Core Values, Catholic Identity and the traditions of the founders.

Sr. Cheryl joined Mercy Health’s parent company in 2008 and served as Director of Mission Integration for Senior Health and Housing. Much of her work there centered on developing palliative care and ethics programs specifically for senior citizens. She continues to serve as Mission Director for Community Based Services for Mercy Health's parent, designing programs and strategies to enhance Mission culture across the continuum of care, including physician practices, clinics, ambulatory care centers, senior health, home health and hospice locations.

Sr. Cheryl earned her Certificate in Spirituality from St. Louis University in Missouri, her Bachelor’s degree in American History from Edgecliff College, which is now part of Cincinnati’s Xavier University and her Master’s degree in American History from the University of Cincinnati.


Michael W. GarfieldMichael W. Garfield

Chief Operating Officer

Mike Garfield is the Chief Operating Officer for Mercy Health’s Cincinnati Market. He oversees the operations of five award-winning hospitals, four freestanding emergency departments and the cardiac, oncology and orthopaedic service lines. Mike has a strong emphasis on quality, patient experience, physician relations and business development.

Mike brings more than 30 years of experience in hospital operations to Mercy Health. Prior to joining Mercy Health, he was Division President at Health Management Associates, serving as Division 3 President providing leadership over its 13 hospital operations in Tennessee, Missouri, Kentucky and West Virginia. He has also held executive leadership roles with Community Health Systems, the second largest publically traded operator of general acute care hospitals in the U.S., and was CEO of four hospitals within HCA/HealthTrust, a privately-held, owner and operator of approximately 160 hospitals and 120 outpatient centers in 20 states and England.

Mike received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Business Administration from Furman University, Greenville, SC and a Masters of Healthcare Administration from Tulane University, New Orleans, LA.


Jeff GrahamJeff Graham

Market Leader and President
Mercy Health - East Market

Jeff Graham is the President and East Market Leader for Mercy Health. In this role, Graham is responsible for driving the strategic vision for quality, service and growth across the East Market in alignment with Mercy Health's new Accountable Care Organization model. This includes the development and execution of our integrated network of patient-centered care trhough Anderson Hospital, Clermont Hospital, ambulatory medical centers, and physician practices.

Graham comes to Mercy Health from Adena Health System, located in Chillicothe, Ohio. At Adena, he held several leadership roles, including Chief Operating Officer and Chief Strategy Officer for the regional health system.

Graham has a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Eastern Kentucky University and a Master's degree in Business Administration, Health Care Management from the University of Findlay. He currently serves on the Clermont Chamber of Commerce Board of Advisors and the Anderson Area Chamber Board of Directors.


Kathy GubserKathleen Gubser

Vice President of Market Human Resources
Mercy Health and Community Mercy Health Partners

Kathy Gubser is the VP of Market Human Resources for Mercy Health and for Community Mercy Health Partners in Springfield. She leads human resources strategy and implementation of the talent, salary, wellness, learning and labor plans for both markets. Gubser joined Mercy Health in 2010 as Vice President of Benifits and Compensation, where she led benefits compensation, human resource management systems, employee health, disability management and workers' compensation functions. Most recently, she led Health and Welfare Benefits for Mercy Health's parent organization.

Prior to her role with Mercy Health, Gubser served in Human Resources leadership roles at health systems including OhioHealth and West Penn Allegheny Health System. At OhioHealth, she was awarded the PRISM award for integrity. Gubser also served in leadership roles at Bowdoin College, University of Cincinnati and Xavier University. She received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Economics) from Xavier University and her Master of Arts in Industrial Relations from the University of Cincinnati. She has served as a lecturer in Human Resources at Xavier University and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources.


Roger LaGrecaRoger LaGreca

President, Mercy Health Foundation
Cincinnati

Roger LaGreca is president of Mercy Health Foundation, the faith driven philanthropy of Mercy Health, Ohio’s largest health system and one of the largest non-profit system in the country. At the Foundation, LaGreca focuses on enhancing innovation and increasing efficiency among the system’s eight local Foundations to better support the Mercy Health Ministry and its mission. He also serves as president of the Foundation in Cincinnati, Mercy Health’s largest market. LaGreca has nearly 20 years of fundraising, leadership and campaign development experience. He previously served as the national vice president of development at the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, as well as the vice president of development for the American Red Cross. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Kent State University.


Michael StephensMichael Stephens, FACHE

Market Leader and President
Mercy Health – West Market

Michael Stephens is the President and Market Leader for Mercy Health – West Region. In addition to overseeing the integration of Mercy Health – Mt. Airy and Western Hills Hospitals into the new Mercy Health – West Hospital (opened in November 2013), Stephens also oversees medical centers, senior living communities, imaging, and Mercy Health Physician offices on the west side of Cincinnati.

Prior to his role with Mercy Health, Stephens was the President of Sycamore Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio. Before joining the Kettering Health Network, he served as the President and CEO of Greene Health Partners and Greene Memorial Hospital in Dayton, Ohio.

Stephens received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Cedarville University, in Cedarville, Ohio and an MBA from the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio.

Stephens is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), an active member of the Ohio Hospital Association Board of Trustees Executive Committee, Immediate Past Chair of Friends of Ohio Hospitals (Political Action Committee), Immediate Past Chair of the Ohio Hospital Association Finance Committee and Former Chairperson of the Ohio Hospital Association Board of Trustees. Stephens is also an Ohio Delegate for the American Hospital Association Regional Policy Board, a Board Member of the Research and Education Foundation of the Ohio Hospital Association, and a Board Member of the Ohio Hospital Association Malpractice Insurance Company.


Thomas UrbanThomas Urban, FACHE

Market Leader and President
Mercy Health - North Market

Thomas Urban, FACHE, is the President and North Market Leader of Mercy Health – Fairfield Hospital and has been in this role since 2008, a position he had from 1993-1997 when he led key growth and development initiatives that established Mercy Health – Fairfield Hospital as a leading healthcare provider in Butler County.

Previously, Urban was the President and CEO of Mercy Health. Under Urban’s leadership, the organization developed tertiary services at Mercy Health – Anderson and Fairfield Hospitals, while expanding and upgrading them at Mercy Health – Clermont Hospital.

Urban has a Master’s in Healthcare Administration from Xavier University and is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. His community leadership roles include associations with the Greater Cincinnati Health Council, the American Heart Association, Butler County United Way, BRIDGES for a Just Community, and the Center for Closing the Health Gap.






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