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Executive Leadership Team - Cincinnati Region

 

Michael W. GarfieldMichael W. Garfield

Chief Executive Officer and Senior Vice President, Cincinnati Region

Mike Garfield is the executive leader of Mercy Health – Cincinnati. Mr. Garfield is accountable for leading the Cincinnati region, which includes five award-winning hospitals and four freestanding emergency departments, as well as award-winning, accredited cardiac, oncology and orthopaedic service lines. Previously, Mr. Garfield served as chief operating officer of Mercy Health – Cincinnati. In that role, he was accountable for operations, placing a strong emphasis on quality, patient experience, physician relations and business development.

Mr. Garfield brings more than 30 years’ experience in hospital operations to Mercy Health. Prior to joining Mercy Health, he was division president at Health Management Associates, serving as president of a division consisting of 13 hospitals in Tennessee, Missouri, Kentucky and West Virginia. He also has 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/Health Trust, a privately-held, owner and operator of approximately 160 hospitals and 120 outpatient centers in 20 states and England.

Mr. Garfield received a bachelor’s in economics and business administration from Furman University, Greenville, SC and a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Tulane University, New Orleans.
 
 
 

Claire Grandpré Combs

Claire Grandpré Combs

Senior Vice President of Legal Services and General Counsel, Mercy Health

Claire Grandpré Combs serves as the senior vice president of legal services and general counsel for Mercy Health. Ms. Combs manages all legal services for Mercy Health – Cincinnati, 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 Cincinnati region’s board of trustees and facilitates governance development.

Ms. 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, Ms. 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 The Order of the Coif. She earned her bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
 
 
 

Sr. Cheryl Erb, RSM

Senior Vice President of Mission Integration, Cincinnati Region

Sr. Cheryl Erb, RSM serves as the senior vice president of mission integration for Mercy Health – Cincinnati. In this role, Sr. Cheryl 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 member of the region’s senior leadership team, Sr. Cheryl works to develop the corporate agenda, strategic direction and operational effectiveness of the region in the context of Mission and core values, Catholic identity and traditions of the founders.

Sr. Cheryl joined Mercy Health’s parent company in 2008 and served as the director of mission integration for senior health and housing. In that role, she led development of palliative care and ethics programs specifically for senior citizens. She continues to serve as mission director for community based services for Mercy Health – Cincinnati’s parent organization, 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 location.

Sr. Cheryl earned her certificate in spirituality from St. Louis University, 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.
 
 
 

David Fikse

Chief Operating Officer, Mercy Health - Cincinnati

Fikse oversees the operations of Mercy Health’s five award-winning hospitals, four freestanding emergency departments and the cardiac, oncology and orthopaedic service lines. He joined Mercy Health from Community Health Systems, where he served most recently as vice president of operations for a division with 30 facilities, including 15 hospitals, in 10 states. Previously, he was vice president of operations for a division with 24 facilities, including 10 hospitals, in three states. He also served as Chief Executive Officer of ValleyCare Health System in Youngstown, Ohio and has held a number of executive leadership roles with leading health systems. Fikse received a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Planning and Administration from Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Pennsylvania and a Masters of Business Administration degree from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois.
 
 
 

Erin Fries, MDErin Fries, MD

Chief Clinical Officer - Cincinnati Region

As regional chief clinical officer, Dr. Fries is responsible for providing physician executive leadership for the Cincinnati region’s clinical enterprises (hospital medical staff involved with acute care delivery, Mercy Health Physicians and Mercy Health Select). In collaboration with COO Fikse, she will oversee overall mission, strategic leadership and the assurance of quality care delivery for those clinical enterprises as well as their integration. She earned her medical degree from University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and completed her residency in family practice at Grant/Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus.

 
 
   

Todd Lupton

Todd Lupton

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Southern Division

Todd Lupton is chief financial officer of the southern division of Mercy Health, which includes the Cincinnati and Springfield regions in Ohio and the Paducah region in Kentucky. He serves as the steward of the financial and physical assets of the region and is also responsible for construction and real estate.

Prior to joining Mercy Health, Mr. Lupton was a partner with Trilogy Healthcare Solutions, which provides consulting and management services and expertise in operational, quality and financial controls, hospital administrator training and mentoring and performance assessments for private and public healthcare systems. Previously, he served as market chief executive officer for River Oaks Health System in Jackson, MS, where he was responsible for five full-service acute care hospitals and eighty employed providers.

Mr. Lupton received a bachelor’s degree in business from Florida State University, a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Florida Atlantic University and a master’s degree in business administration from Palm Beach Atlantic University in Florida.
 
 
 

Justin McGoldrickJustin McGoldrick, MD

Chief Medical Officer - Acute Care, Cincinnati Region

Dr. McGoldrick serves as Chief Medical Officer – Acute Care. In collaboration with market and hospital leaders, he provides leadership for the Vice Presidents of Medical Affairs in Mercy Health’s hospitals. Dr. McGoldrick earned his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans and completed his internship and residency in emergency medicine at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.
 
 
 

Cari Ogg, MD

Chief Medical Officer, Mercy Health Physicians - Cincinnati

Dr. Ogg practices general and laparoscopic surgery and was the medical director of Mercy Health Physicians – Cincinnati’s surgical specialty service line. As the chief medical officer for Mercy Health Physicians, she provides clinical leadership for the group and works in close collaboration with MHP COO Courtney Seitz. Dr. Ogg supports clinical quality, provider engagement and care delivery processes for Mercy Health Physicians. She also will support the medical directors of each of Mercy Health Physicians’ five service lines. Dr. Ogg will continue to care for patients on a limited basis as she fulfills her new role. Dr. Ogg earned her medical degree from Wright State University in Dayton and completed her residency in general surgery at The Jewish Hospital.
 
 
 

Courtney Seitz

Chief Operating Officer, Mercy Health Physicians - Cincinnati

Ms. Seitz is the Chief Operating Officer of Mercy Health Physicians - Cincinnati. Previously, she was the executive director of primary care for the physician group. Before joining Mercy Health Physicians, Ms. Seitz was an onboarding and electronic medical records coordinator for Mercy Health’s IT group. She also served as a nurse, clinical educator and assistant manager on a cardiovascular pulmonary step-down unit at The Jewish Hospital – Mercy Health. Courtney is a registered nurse and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from Xavier University.


 
 
 

Patricia Davis-HagensPat Davis-Hagens

Market President and CEO, Central Market and Chief Nursing Officer, Cincinnati Region

Pat Davis-Hagens is president, CEO and central market leader for the Cincinnati region, as well as its chief nursing officer (CNO). As a market leader, Ms. Davis-Hagens is responsible for driving the strategic vision for quality, service and growth across region’s central communities, in alignment with Mercy Health’s Accountable Care Organization model. This includes the development and execution of our integrated network of patient-centered care through The Jewish Hospital – Mercy Health, Rookwood Medical Center/ED, ancillary facilities and physician practices.

As CNO for the region, Ms. Davis-Hagens has reorganized the patient care delivery system, implemented a shared leadership governance structure, increased retention and recruitment of registered nurses and nursing leaders and initiated clinical task forces to improve quality outcomes and processes. Under her leadership, Mercy Health – Fairfield Hospital achieved Nursing Magnet status, with the other four Mercy Health – Cincinnati hospitals now working to achieve this recognition.

Ms. Davis-Hagens joined Mercy Health in 2006. Most recently she served as operations executive for Mercy Health – The Heart Institute and chief nursing officer and chief operating officer for Mercy Health – Fairfield Hospital. She had responsibility for the nursing division and emergency, surgical, rehabilitation and pharmacy services.

Prior to joining Mercy Health, Ms. 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 leadership roles.

Ms. Davis-Hagens holds an MBA from Plymouth State college in New Hampshire, a Bachelor’s degree from Salem State College in Massachusetts, an A.S. in nursing from Northeastern University in Boston and a diploma from the Department of Health and Hospitals School of Practical Nursing in Boston. Ms. Hagen-Davis is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the American Organization of Nurse Executives.
 
 
 

Jeff GrahamJeff Graham

Market President and CEO, East Market, Cincinnati Region

Jeff Graham is the president, CEO and east market leader for the Cincinnati region. In this role, Mr. Graham is responsible for driving the strategic vision for quality, service and growth across region’s eastern communities, in alignment with Mercy Health’s Accountable Care Organization model. This includes the development and execution of our integrated network of patient-centered care through Mercy Health – Anderson Hospital, Mercy Health – Clermont Hospital, ambulatory medical centers and physician practices.

Prior to joining Mercy Health, Mr. Graham was a leader with Adena Health System, located in Chillicothe, OH where he served as chief operating officer and chief strategy officer for the regional health system.

Mr. Graham has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Eastern Kentucky University and a Master’s degree in business administration from the University of Findlay.
 
 
 

Michael StephensMichael Kramer

Market President and CEO, West Market, Cincinnati Region

Michael Kramer is the president, CEO and west market leader for the Cincinnati region. In this role, he is responsible for driving the strategic vision for quality, service and growth across region’s western communities, in alignment with Mercy Health’s Accountable Care Organization model. This includes the development and execution of our integrated network of patient-centered care through Mercy Health – West Hospital, ambulatory medical centers and physician practices.

Mr. Kramer joined Mercy Health in 2002. Most recently, he served as the Cincinnati region’s vice president of business development and chief network integration officer. Previously, he has served in a variety of leadership roles across the region, including COO for West Hospital, director of finance for The Heart Institute at Mercy Health – Fairfield Hospital, and for Mercy Health – Anderson, Clermont, Mt. Airy and Western Hills Hospitals. Mr. Kramer has served on or led teams focused on acquisitions and development/implementation of new service lines, as well as campus expansions.

Mr. Kramer attended Xavier University where he received a bachelor’s degree in nursing and master’s degrees in business administration and in hospital and health administration. He also is a graduate of the Mercy Health Leadership Academy.
 
 
 

Thomas UrbanThomas Urban, FACHE

Market President and CEO, North Market, Cincinnati Region

Thomas Urban is the president, CEO and north market leader for the Cincinnati region. In this role, he is responsible for driving the strategic vision for quality, service and growth across the region’s northern communities, in alignment with Mercy Health’s clinically integrated delivery model. This includes the development and execution of our integrated network of patient-centered care through Mercy Health – Fairfield Hospital, ambulatory medical centers and physician practices.

Mr. Urban has been with Mercy Health since 1993. He has led growth and development initiatives that have established Mercy Health – Fairfield Hospital as a leading healthcare provider in Butler County. He also has served as the region’s president and CEO. Under Mr. Urban’s regional leadership, the organization developed tertiary services at Mercy Health - Anderson and Fairfield Hospitals, and he provided oversight for the expansion and upgrading of services at Mercy Health – Clermont Hospital.

Prior to joining Mercy Health, Mr. Urban was the executive vice president/COO for Beverly Hospital in Beverly, Massachusetts; vice president of professional services for Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers, Florida; and assistant vice president of hospital services for Grandview Hospital in Dayton, Ohio.

   

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