INDEPENDENCE, Kan. - Eric Ammons, president of Mercy Hospital Independence, will become president of Mercy Hospital Jefferson in Crystal City, Mo., effective May 20.
Mercy Hospital Jefferson, formerly Jefferson Regional Medical Center, became part of Mercy on Feb. 1. Established in 1957, Mercy Hospital Jefferson has 251 acute care beds, more than 1,200 co-workers and 170 medical staff members. Located 45 miles south of St. Louis, it is the fifth largest among Mercy’s 32 hospitals in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.
Ammons began his health care career as a physical therapist and has served in leadership positions at Mercy’s Kansas hospitals in Fort Scott and Independence for more than two decades. As president of Mercy Hospital Independence since 2009, Ammons has led the achievement of high patient satisfaction and safety, brought new physicians to the community, expanded services in nearby areas and achieved improved financial results.
“Eric will be a great fit for our newest Mercy hospital,” said Mike McCurry, Mercy’s chief operating officer. “His positive presence, ability to develop and cultivate strong relationships, focus on community and co-worker engagement, and passion for delivering exceptional Mercy service are second to none.”
“As excited as I am about this opportunity to serve in a new Mercy community, it will be very difficult to say goodbye to my friends and colleagues in Kansas,” said Ammons. “I was asked to consider this new position and I did not take the decision lightly. It’s because of the wonderful experiences I’ve had with Mercy, and the support I’ve been given by my co-workers and communities over the years, that I have the faith and confidence to accept this new opportunity.”
Bob Copeland, regional vice president for Mercy’s Kansas communities, will provide interim leadership in Independence upon Ammons’ transfer to Mercy Jefferson. Efforts are underway to identify a new president.
Mercy is the sixth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves more than 3 million people annually. Mercy includes 32 hospitals, 300 outpatient facilities, 38,000 co-workers and 1,900 integrated physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. For more about Mercy, visit www.mercy.net.