Sorensen Appointed Officer of American Medical Group Association

November 20, 2012

Donn E. Sorensen was named treasurer of

the American Medical Group Association.

ST. LOUIS - Donn E. Sorensen, regional president of Mercy’s St. Louis, Mo., region, has been named treasurer of the American Medical Group Association (AMGA) board of directors. Sorensen is one of many in a long list of Mercy leaders joining the ranks of key national health care groups.

“We have incredible talent across Mercy, and this is just one more indication that we have leaders who not only provide excellent direction within Mercy but also give freely of their time to make a difference in health care everywhere,” said Lynn Britton, president and CEO of Mercy. “Our leaders have a can-do spirit that greatly reflects our Sisters of Mercy heritage.”

Serving on AMGA’s board of directors’ executive committee since January 2012, Sorensen will begin a one-year term of treasurer Jan. 1, 2013. AMGA's board of directors is composed of five officers and 11 at-large directors who serve three-year terms.

The AMGA represents medical groups and organized systems of care, including some of the nation’s largest, most prestigious integrated health care delivery systems. More than 113,000 physicians practice in AMGA member organizations, providing health care services for 110 million patients in 49 states (nearly one in three Americans). Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., AMGA is the strategic partner for these organizations, providing a comprehensive package of benefits, including political advocacy, educational and networking programs, publications, benchmarking data services, and financial and operations assistance.

"I'm honored to represent Mercy within the country's largest and most respected collection of medical groups. It's a great endorsement on a national level of the work Mercy is doing to move health care forward," Sorensen said.

Here are some of the other top roles Mercy serves in across the nation:

  • Linda Knodel, vice president and chief nursing officer of Mercy’s Springfield, Mo., region, was named 2013 president-elect of the American Organization of Nurse Executives.
  • Dr. David Barbe, division president of Mercy Clinic Springfield, was elected this summer as board chair-elect of the American Medical Association – the nation’s largest physician member organization.
  • Di Smalley, FACHE, regional president of Mercy in Oklahoma, is 2012-13 chair-elect of the American College of Healthcare Executives – one of the most influential associations representing hospital executives around the world with 40,000 members from 66 countries.
  • Reta Baker, president of Mercy Hospital in Fort Scott, Kan., was recently appointed to American Hospital Association’s Rural Hospital Issues Group which includes nine other hospital executives, a few state hospital association leaders and financial experts. The group looks at Medicare and other policy issues affecting small rural hospitals.
  • Gene Kirtser, president and CEO of Mercy-founded ROi, the No. 2 global supply chain in health care, serves on the IDN Summit Advisory Board, which provides innovation around supply chain’s role in driving efficiencies and lowering costs in health care.

 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. Mercy’s services include a 979-bed hospital in St. Louis, 187-bed hospital in Washington, and Mercy Clinic, a multispecialty physician organization.  For more about Mercy, visit


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