A senior executive of Mercy Health Corporation of Southeastern Pennsylvania has resigned, and a well-known Philadelphia healthcare administrator has joined the Bala Cynwyd-based health system.
JoAnn Mower, who had been Mercy's executive vice president for acute and ambulatory care, recently announced her resignation. Before her promotion late last year, she had served for five years as a vice president at Mercy and chief executive officer of Philadelphia-based Misericordia Hospital, one of three area hospitals Mercy owns.
The corporation also operates North Philadelphia Health System under a management contract. Michael Bradley, the chief executive officer there, will succeed Ms. Mower at Mercy. Mr. Bradley is a former senior vice president of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia and CEO of the university's health services, where he oversaw operations of four hospitals. He also served for five months in 1990 as the head of Presbyterian Hospital in New York.
Ms. Mower said Mercy "didn't have a strong enough ambulatory-care system, which is a big part of what I thought needed to be done." She said she left Mercy because she didn't feel she had sufficient support for her ambulatory-care agenda.
But Daniel J. Hilferty, Mercy's vice president for government and external affairs, denied that Ms. Mower was frozen out of the job. "It's a difficult job, and we certainly feel JoAnn was given the support (to succeed)," he said.
Mr. Hilferty said Mercy intends to move aggressively into ambulatory care, but there are no plans at this time to build or acquire additional facilities. He said the corporation's three acute-care hospitals each have an outpatient component. "What we're trying to do at the corporate level is tie all those pieces together," he said.
Meanwhile, Ms. Mower is looking for an opportunity to concentrate on community health and services for women and children, which is her strong suit. While at Misericordia, Ms. Mower secured a $5 million grant to reinstate women's services at the hospital and provide inpatient maternity services. She also created the city's first elementary school-based family health center.
Mr. Bradley is serving on a part-time basis as the corporation's executive vice president for acute and ambulatory care until a successor is found to fill the CEO slot at North Philadelphia Health System.