St. Edward Mercy Names New President

Ryan Gehrig

Ryan Gehrig has been named president of St. Edward Mercy Health System. He will take over the post April 9th, just ahead of the April 30 change from St. Edward Mercy to Mercy Fort Smith. Gehrig replaces Jeff Johnston who was promoted to president of Mercy St. Louis last September.

“We couldn’t be happier than to have our new president joining us at such an exciting time in Mercy’s history in Fort Smith,” said Kim Day, president of Mercy’s Arkansas communities and interim president of St. Edward Mercy. “After spending six months on a very deliberate search, it’s great to have found a leader that’s not only highly qualified but the right fit for this community.”

Gehrig comes to Mercy from Norman Regional Health System where he served as vice-president of enterprise systems as well as chief administrative officer for Moore Medical Center - one of the health system’s three hospital facilities. Gehrig’s previous experience includes the position of COO of Wesley Medical Center in Hattiesburg, Miss. as well as CEO of Bristow Medical Center and COO of Cushing Regional Hospital as part of Hillcrest Healthcare System in Tulsa. 

Gehrig holds a bachelor’s degree in biomedical science from Texas A&M University and a master’s in health care administration from Trinity University. He is also familiar with the Fort Smith area. He followed in his father’s footsteps and attended ninth to 12th grades at nearby Subiaco Academy, a Catholic boys’ college prep school. He currently serves as president of the school’s alumni association.

“It’s really a pleasure to be moving back to the River Valley,” said Gehrig. “I’ve always admired Mercy’s health care ministry. They are both compassionate in their care and innovative in their approach. I’m anxious to get my feet on the ground and get to know the physicians and co-workers as well as become involved in the community.”

Gehrig and his wife, Kristen have two children – Alyssa, 6 and Drew, 5. They are expecting a baby girl in mid-March. 

St. Edward Mercy Health System employs more than 2,100 people. It includes the 365-bed St. Edward Mercy Medical Center, critical access hospitals in Paris, Waldron and Ozark as well Mercy Clinic with more than 85 providers and 10 locations across the River Valley. Effective April 30th, St. Edward Mercy will become Mercy Fort Smith.

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