Around the nation: John Starcher to lead merged Bon Secours, Mercy Health system

Bite-sized hospital and health industry news

John Starcher, the current CEO of Mercy Health, has been selected to lead the combined health system that would be created if Mercy and Bon Secours Health System merge, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Arkansas, California, Maryland, and Ohio.

  • Arkansas: Walmart has named Sean Slovenski as its SVP of health and wellness. Slovenski previously served as the VP of innovation at Humana and as CEO of Care Innovations—a health care partnership between Intel and GE (Dietsche, MedCity News, 7/23).

  • California: Dignity Health and UCSF Health have partnered to develop a digital platform intended to help patients navigate their care and engage with the health system at which they're being treated. Dignity will host the platform, which will use a cloud-based infrastructure Dignity created for its hospitals. UCSF will provide insights on patient experience in specialty care. The organizations hope the platform eventually could serve as a model for other health systems (Dietsche, MedCity News, 7/22).

  • Maryland/Ohio: John Starcher, the current CEO of Mercy Health, has been selected to lead the combined health system that would be created if Mercy and Bon Secours Health System merge. The merged system would be named Bon Secours Mercy Health, and it would be the fifth-largest Catholic health system in the United States, with 43 hospitals and more than 1,000 care facilities. The health systems expect their proposed merger to close this fall (Castellucci, Modern Healthcare, 7/23; Eichensehr, Baltimore Business Journal, 7/23).

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