* M. Julia Hanser, past president and CEO of Mercy Health Partners of Southwest Ohio, Cincinnati, died May 22 of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. She was 61.
Hanser retired from Mercy, part of the Catholic Healthcare Partners alliance, in 2001. She had led the system since 1993, bringing together four hospitals and other healthcare facilities. Much of her work focused on holistic care, including starting two wellness centers. Two other religious hospitals and three nursing homes joined the system in 1999.
"Her leadership guided the creation and development of Mercy Health Partners as a mission-focused, integrated healthcare system," said Thomas Urban, Mercy's current president and CEO.
"Her dedication to holistic care, driven by her experience that the healing process involves so much more than the body alone, was such a gift to the greater Cincinnati community," said Sister Kathy Green, a member of the Sisters of Mercy in Cincinnati.
* Michael "Mickey" Massey, an executive with Greenville (S.C.) Hospital System for nearly four decades, died suddenly May 15 while attending a long-term-care conference in Washington. He was 63.
Massey worked primarily as assistant administrator at the system's Allen Bennett Hospital and administrator of the Roger Huntington Nursing Center, both on the same campus in Greer, S.C. He served on the boards of the long-term-care division of the American Hospital Association and the South Carolina Nursing Home Association. In 2001, he became nonproprietary vice president of the American Health Care Association, a Washington lobby group for primarily investor-owned nursing homes.