Mercy Health Network Names New CEO

posted 5/2/2017 in News

Mercy Health Network (MHN) announced its Board of Directors has named Bob Ritz as Chief 
Executive Officer effective July 1, 2017. Bob has led Mercy -- Des Moines as president since 2013.
Dave Vellinga, who announced his retirement as CEO in November of last year said, “Bob has boundless energy, unquestionable integrity, commitment to our ministries, drive, focus and compassion. He uses all of his talents to build high-performing teams and I am excited for the future of Mercy Health Network under his leadership.”

Dean Swindle, MHN board member and president of enterprise business lines and the chief financial officer for Catholic Health added, “Bob has done an excellent job leading his team in adapting to the constant changes in health care and transitioning from a volume based environment to focus on value and health for our patients.”
Bob’s selection as CEO follows a thorough search conducted by Witt/Kieffer, which included extensive vetting of candidates from across the country. Sally Jeffcoat, MHN Board President and Executive Vice President, West/Midwest Group Trinity Health said, “Today is an incredibly exciting day for Mercy Health Network. Bob has a history of creating a next-level vision for the Catholic Health Care systems he leads, a record of accomplishment in leading organizations to improved financial performance, innovating to improve health care experiences and outcomes and builds strong relationships within both the medical community and through the many community boards he serves.”