Mercy Health Center Appoints Chief Operating Officer

March 13, 2012

Aaron Steffens, Mercy Health Center COO

Aaron Steffens has accepted the role of chief operating officer at Mercy Health Center, effective Feb. 22. In this role, Steffens will oversee all day-to-day operations of Mercy Health Center – a 381-bed hospital with nearly 3,000 employees.

“With the considerable challenges facing health care and hospitals, we’ll look to Aaron to lead in a new way at Mercy,” said Jim Gebhart, president of Mercy Health Center. “Aaron has played a significant role in Mercy’s success in the past, and I’m confident he will build on that success.”

Steffens has 20 years of experience in health care and has worked at Mercy in a variety of roles since 1998. He previously served as executive director of surgical services, vice president of performance management and, most recently, as vice president of operations.

Steffens has a bachelor’s degree and a Master of Health Administration from The University of Oklahoma. He has earned a Master Black Belt in Lean/Six Sigma. Steffens is a resident of Edmond and serves on the Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

Mercy is the eighth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves more than 3 million people annually. Mercy includes 31 hospitals, more than 200 outpatient facilities, 38,000 co-workers and 1,500 integrated physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

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