Eric Ammons, President/CEO of Mercy Hospital of Independence, has been named to the 2011 class of Leadership Kansas.
Ammons is among 40 business, civic and political leaders from across the state who were selected from a pool of approximately 600 nominees to participate in the program.
Supported and administered by the Kansas Chamber and now entering its 33rd year, Leadership Kansas is one of the oldest and most prestigious statewide leadership programs in the country. The program’s mission is to educate, develop and motivate future state leaders and inspire them to maintain involvement in the social, business and political fabric of Kansas communities.
Throughout the six-month program, class members are exposed to a variety of experts and educational 3-day training sessions in six different Kansas communities. The diverse discussion topics include: business; education; agriculture; public policy; societal health and development; economics; and government.
“This opportunity to meet and interact with this group of leaders is a true privilege,” said Ammons. “I’m honored to have been selected and look forward to learning, growing and representing Independence and Mercy across the state over the next several months.”
Ammons joined the Mercy organization in 1987 as director of Rehabilitation Services for Mercy Hospital in Fort Scott. He later served as Mercy Health System of Kansas director of Rehabilitation Services and Health for Life and as vice president of Customer Service, assuming the role of CEO at Mercy-Independence in November 2009.
Ammons and his Leadership Kansas classmates attended an orientation April 22 and 23 in Lawrence.
The host cities for this year’s program are Garden City, Kansas City Metro, Colby/Goodland, Hutchinson/Wichita, Pittsburg, and Topeka. Distinguished Leadership Kansas alumni include: Former Governor Bill Graves; Andy Tompkins, CEO & President of the Kansas Board of Regents; C.Q. Chandler IV, President of INTRUST Bank; Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger; CEO of the Kroger Company David Dillon; Spirit Aerosystems President & CEO Jeff Turner; U.S. Senator Jerry Moran and U.S. Representative Lynn Jenkins, among others.