Hot Springs, Arkansas (August 1, 2013) – Mercy Hospital Hot Springs has named Michele Schaefer interim chief operating officer.
Schaefer comes to Hot Springs from Springfield, Mo., where she was Senior Vice President of Regional Operations for Mercy’s Springfield communities.
“I’ve been really impressed with all the services that are being offered here. The folks have just been great; very friendly, very committed to this hospital, to the community,” Schaefer said.
Schaefer previously served as CEO of St. Joseph Health Center in Kansas City, COO of St. Mary’s Hospital in Blue Springs, Mo., and COO of St. John’s Hospital (Mercy Hospital Springfield).
“Michele brings 35 years of health care experience to Hot Springs, having served as COO for Mercy Hospital Springfield as well as other hospitals in Missouri, and as CEO for Saint Joseph health Center in Kansas City,” said Kim Day, Mercy Hot Springs interim president. “I couldn’t think of a more qualified leader to take the operational reins in Hot Springs.”
Schaefer has bachelor’s degrees in business administration and health care administration from Wichita State University, Wichita, Kan., and a master’s in health administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Schaefer is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a member of the Missouri Hospital Association’s work force development committee. She has been involved with the American Heart Association, American Cancer Association and the United Way in the communities where she has lived.
Since 1888, Mercy in Hot Springs has served the healthcare needs of Hot Springs and surrounding communities. Mercy Hospital Hot Springs is a 282 bed full-service hospital accredited by The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, providing an emergency department with a Level 2 Trauma Center designation and a comprehensive range of medical services.