WATONGA, Okla. – After three months as administrator at Mercy Hospital Watonga, Bobby Stitt is settling in nicely. Along with an optimistic and team-focused leadership style, he brings diverse experience to the 25-bed hospital.
Stitt’s experience includes law enforcement in the U.S. Air Force, construction company ownership, a bachelor’s degree in journalism and RN (registered nurse) instruction, working as a registered nurse in the intensive care unit at Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City and leading Kingfisher Regional Hospital as chief nursing officer.
Another duty, which Stitt particularly enjoys, is community member.
“It’s wonderful to come into this role and see the willingness of the people of Watonga to support their hospital,” said Stitt. “This community has demonstrated their dedication to the hospital through overwhelming votes for tax support.”
Stitt stepped in as administrator Sept. 10, 2012 – two months after Mercy signed a seven-year lease agreement with the critical access hospital, whose ownership remains with the City of Watonga. Immediately prior to the lease agreement, Mercy managed the facility for a year.
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 www.mercy.net.