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President’s Message

Dear Friend,

At Mercy Health, our patients, residents and communities are our primary focus. It is an honor and privilege to care for each person who enters our facilities. Our employees and physicians reflect this each day, delivering exceptional clinical care with compassion to those who need our services.

Our website has been designed to keep you and your family up-to-date on healthy living, disease management and treatment interventions. We also hope you find our website helpful in learning more about the physicians, specialties and services offered at Mercy Health.

Since the opening of the first area Mercy Hospital in Hamilton, Ohio in 1892, Mercy Health has delivered high-quality healthcare to the Greater Cincinnati area. This experience, combined with nationally-recognized patient safety and quality* brings an outstanding level of care to our communities. Through our talented physician network and our dedicated employees and volunteers, Mercy Health is proud to serve as the area’s most comprehensive healthcare network.

Thank you for visiting our website. We hope you find this information helpful. On behalf of our Board of Directors, physicians, employees and volunteers, we wish you health—in mind, body and spirit—and thank you for generations of support.

Best regards,
Yousuf J. Ahmad, DrPH, MHSA, MBA, FACHE

Market President and CEO, Mercy Health

* Four of our hospitals are recipients of the Distinguished Hospital Award for Patient Safety by a leading national healthcare monitoring organization. *Three Mercy Hospitals have been named among the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals

Executive Leadership Team

Yousuf AhmadYousuf J. Ahmad, DrPH, MHSA, MBA, FACHE

Market President and CEO, Mercy Health

Yousuf Ahmad, DrPH, MHSA, MBA, FACHE, serves as the President and CEO and has been with Mercy Health since 2004. He is responsible for transforming the delivery and implementation of primary and specialty care throughout the Central Division, including physician offices, hospitals, home health, senior health and housing services, and other services. Dr. Ahmad also leads the division in preparation for healthcare reform initiatives, including the development of the division as an Accountable Care Organization, the advancement of the Patient-Centered Medical Home project, and Medicare Shared Savings Program.

Prior to his current role, Dr. Ahmad served as Divisional Senior Vice President and President of Mercy Health Physicians and was responsible for physician strategy and executive oversight for marketing and communications functions for the Springfield and Cincinnati markets of Mercy Health. He also served as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer and was responsible for strategic integration of all technologies of business and clinical information systems.

Prior to joining Mercy Health, Dr. Ahmad served as Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Group Health Associates in the Tri-state area where he implemented the region’s first Electronic Medical Record (Epic). Dr. Ahmad also led the implementation of key clinical service lines including Bariatric Surgery, Occupational and Travel Medicine, Hospitalist Medicine and Sub-Acute Rehabilitation.

Dr. Ahmad is an active member of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). Dr. Ahmad is an adjunct professor in Xavier University’s Health Services Administration graduate program, where he instructs students in Organizational Development, Healthcare Management and Healthcare Technology. Dr. Ahmad is the past Chair and present board member of HealthBridge, Inc.

Dr. Ahmad holds a Doctorate in Public Health from the University of Kentucky, along with a Master of Health Administration and a Master of Business Administration from Xavier University. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems from Eastern Kentucky University.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Dan RothDan Roth, MD

Chief Medical Officer, Mercy Health
President, Mercy Health Physicians

Dan Roth, MD, is the Chief Medical Officer for Mercy Health and the President of Mercy Health’s integrated physician group, Mercy Health Physicians.

The group currently consists of close to 340 providers and more than 100 locations across Southwest Ohio. This achievement earned Mercy Health Physicians the top spot on Modern Healthcare’s Hottest Healthcare Organizations list, a national ranking of the leading healthcare organizations in the country as measured by growth.

As CMO, Dr. Roth is responsible for partnering and supporting physicians and clinicians across Mercy Health in the pursuit of providing the highest-quality healthcare in Greater Cincinnati. Building upon the successes of Mercy Health Physicians, Dan will focus on developing an integrated network of providers to best serve our patients and communities as we continue on our journey to help our region be well. Right here.

Dr. Roth joined Mercy Health in 2007 as Vice President of Medical Affairs at Mercy Health – Anderson Hospital following 10 years in private practice as a board certified internist on staff at Anderson Hospital. He went to Mercy Health – Fairfield Hospital in a similar physician executive capacity in August 2009. In addition to this role, Dr. Roth assumed regional responsibilities for the central credentialing office of Mercy Health.

In 2010, he accepted the position of Chief Medical Information Officer for Mercy Health's parent company to oversee all physician activities related to the rollout of the electronic health record system (known as CarePATH) throughout Mercy Health.

Dr. Roth holds a medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School. He completed his residency and served as Chief Medical Resident of the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical Centers. Dr. Roth is also a member of the American Medical Group Association (AMGA) and the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE). He resides with his wife and three children in Anderson Township.

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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