Oklahoma Mercy Clinic President Appointed to AHA Board

September 11, 2012

Dr. Jim Dixson, Mercy Clinic Primary Care president,

joins the AHA Regional Policy Board

Dr. Jim Dixson, president of Mercy Clinic Primary Care, has been appointed to the American Hospital Association’s Regional Policy Board.

Dixson will meet three times yearly with 64 counterparts from the Texas, Ark., La. and Okla. region (called Regional Board 7) to discuss health care and hospital policy issues and alternatives. The regional policy board’s recommendations and analyses are used by the AHA board during policy deliberations.

“Dr. Dixson’s appointment to Regional Policy Board 7 ensures that his knowledge and expertise as a leading clinician and as a physician executive with Mercy will inform the critical health policy discussions that will influence the future of health care at both the regional and national levels,” said Rich Umbdenstock, AHA president and CEO. “We look forward to his participation and his perspective on major health policy issues in the years to come.”

Dixson, who started practicing medicine in the early 1970s, has experienced medicine from many angles. After he earned his medical degree from The University of Oklahoma Health Science Center, Dr. Dixson became Maj. Dixson, serving in the U.S. Air Force and practicing medicine at Altus Air Force Base Hospital in Altus, Okla. He then served Guthrie and Edmond for nearly 20 years as primary care physician specializing in internal medicine. In addition to his current administrative role as president of the Primary Care Division of Mercy Clinic, he serves as medical director at The Good Samaritan Clinic, a free clinic for the uninsured in Edmond.

“It’s important that Oklahomans have a voice in these policy discussions,” said Dixson. “Because of Mercy’s experience improving access to quality care statewide, I can contribute lessons learned and innovative ways of thinking. I’m honored to bring my experience as a physician and as an administrator in health care to the table.”

Dixson is among several Mercy leaders in Okla. with roles in influential organizations whose decisions impact the way Oklahomans – and Americans – access health care.

  • Mercy Regional President Di Smalley is chair-elect of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), an international association of more than 35,000.
  • Mercy Hospital Ardmore President Mindy Burdick is on the ACHE Editorial Board.
  • Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City President Jim Gebhart is on the Oklahoma Hospital Association board.
  • Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City Chief Nursing Officer Linda Fanning is president of the Oklahoma Nurses Association.
  • Mercy Hospital Ardmore Chief Nursing Officer Rhonda Hanan is president of the Oklahoma Organization of Nursing Executives.
  • Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City Executive Director of Patient Care Services Pam Spanbauer is on a seven-member Governor-appointed board committed to enhancing medical care in rural and underserved areas of Oklahoma, called the Physician Manpower Training Commission.
  • Mercy Clinic Edmond Memorial Family Practice Physician Sachidanandan (Suben) Naidu, M.D., is president of the Oklahoma Academy of Family Physicians.

The American Hospital Association is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the improvement of health in their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which include almost 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks and other providers of care and 42,000 individual members. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. For more information visit the Web site at www.aha.org.

Mercy Clinic is a physician-governed group of medical providers across the four states Mercy serves. In Oklahoma, Mercy Clinic has nearly 300 providers and 64 clinics statewide. With access to Mercy’s facilities, electronic health records, telemedicine and each other, Mercy Clinic providers can give their patients the best care available, regardless of the patient’s location. Patients of Mercy Clinic providers can connect to their own health records and health teams anywhere they connect to the Internet. For more information, visit www.mymercy.net.

Mercy is the sixth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves more than 3 million people annually. Mercy includes 31 hospitals, more than 300 outpatient facilities, 38,000 co-workers and 1,700 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.



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