Mercy Names Combs to Executive VP of Strategic Growth

November 13, 2012

Randy Combs, executive vice president of strategic growth

by Mercy's Bethany Pope

ST. LOUIS – Mercy recently promoted Randy Combs to executive vice president of strategic growth. Combs, who has been instrumental in recent growth and expansion efforts to serve more communities across Mercy’s four states, is positioning the organization for a strong future.

Combs, who also serves as Mercy’s chief financial officer and will continue in that capacity, has been with Mercy for more than 25 years. He began his career with Mercy as controller of Mercy’s St. Louis region.

“Randy is a tremendous asset to Mercy as we transition into the new health care world,” said Lynn Britton, Mercy president and CEO. “He has always had a strategic vision for Mercy, leading many challenging projects through the years.”

Some accomplishments during his time at Mercy include: overseeing financial considerations for the total loss and rebuilding of the hospital in Joplin, Mo.; developing the partnership with Centerre Healthcare to open rehabilitation hospitals in St. Louis and Springfield, Mo., and Oklahoma City, Okla.; guiding the capital investment strategies to support the master facility plan that reshaped the Mercy Hospital St. Louis campus, adding a cancer center, heart hospital, expanded emergency department and more; and, key strategic acquisitions, including real estate.

In addition, Combs leads areas of finance, revenue management, managed care, design and construction, real estate management, treasury and business risk services.

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, 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


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