The Board of Directors of Mercy Health Ministry, the sponsoring body of the Sisters of Mercy Health System (Mercy), is pleased to announce the appointment of Lynn Britton as president and chief executive officer of the health system, effective Jan. 30, 2009. Britton has served since 2004 as senior vice president with responsibility for Mercy’s information services and supply chain divisions, as well as oversight of Mercy’s health care services in Arkansas.
A long-time leader within Mercy, Britton joined the health system in 1992 as director of materials management at Mercy Health Center in Oklahoma City. In 1999, he moved to St. John’s Mercy Health Care in St. Louis as executive director of materials and resource management. Britton transferred the following year to Mercy’s corporate office as vice president for resource optimization. Under his leadership, Mercy established consolidated supply chain and information technology divisions. Britton also serves as a member of the leadership team that is charged with implementing an organization-wide electronic health record system across Mercy. He holds a master’s degree in business from Oklahoma City University and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Abilene Christian University.
“Lynn brings an ideal combination of proven leadership skills, strategic vision and in-depth knowledge of Mercy to the role of CEO,” said Ron Ashworth, chair of the board of directors. “We are confident that the Sisters of Mercy Health System will continue to excel in serving the needs of patients, health plan members and other customers under his leadership.”
Britton succeeds John Sullivan, who served as president and CEO since 2007.