Tim Johnsen has resigned as president of Mercy in Hot Springs, effective Dec. 7. Johnsen has accepted the position of president of Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City.
Kim Day, president of Mercy’s central region which includes Arkansas, will serve as interim president in Hot Springs. Day will provide leadership until the planned transfer of Mercy Hot Springs to Capella Healthcare is finalized.
Johnsen joined Mercy in Hot Springs in 2006 as executive vice president and chief operating officer and was named president in 2008. He served as president of St. John’s Hospital–Lebanon (now Mercy Hospital Lebanon) from 2003 to 2006.
“We regret Tim’s departure from Mercy and are appreciative of the strong leadership he has provided over many years,” said Lynn Britton, Mercy president and chief executive officer. “Tim has led our ministry in Hot Springs through successes in quality and customer satisfaction achievements, and in recent years through the challenges of an increasingly competitive healthcare environment. We wish him well in his future pursuits.”
Johnsen began his health care career in nursing and first served Mercy as a nurse at its Springfield, Mo., hospital in the 1980s. “I’ve been extremely honored to call myself a Mercy co-worker for many years, either as staff nurse years ago in Springfield or in leadership positions in Lebanon and Hot Springs. This ministry and this mission, and most importantly, the people of Mercy are meaningful to me and I will greatly miss being a part of its legacy,” Johnsen said. “I look forward to watching the great success that lies ahead for all of you and am deeply appreciative that I’ve been a small part of carrying out the mission.”