Mercy Exec Named One of Health Care’s Female Leaders to Know

December 19, 2014

OKLAHOMA – Di Smalley, Mercy’s regional president in Oklahoma, has been named to Becker’s Hospital Review’s annual list of female health care leaders to know for the third consecutive year.

Di Smalley

Smalley joins 129 other female health care leaders from across the country and is the only Oklahoma-based executive named to the 2014 list.

In 2007, Smalley joined Mercy as president of Mercy’s services and hospitals in Oklahoma. Prior to joining Mercy, she served in various leadership roles with Omaha, Nebraska-based Alegent Health. While at Alegent, Smalley co-founded Avantas, a nationally recognized company for proven best-practice work strategies for the health care industry. 

Smalley holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Midland Lutheran College in Fremont, Nebraska, and a master’s degree in public health from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. She is also a graduate of the Nebraska Methodist School of Nursing in Omaha. She completed her fellowship from the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and is currently the immediate past chair of ACHE, an organization of more than 40,000 health care leaders from across the world who are dedicated to improving health care delivery.

“I began my career as a bedside nurse in Nebraska,” said Smalley. “This experience has allowed me to continue to make a difference in the lives of patients. I’m honored to be named among a list of female professionals who are impacting health care in this country.”

Those included on the “130 women hospital and health system leaders to know” list come from some of the largest and most prominent hospitals and health systems in the nation. Editors at Becker’s Hospital Review selected leaders by examining their management and leadership skills, such as overseeing hospital and health system operations, turning around finances and implementing quality-improvement initiatives.

Mercy is the fifth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves millions annually. Mercy includes 34 acute care hospitals, four heart hospitals, two children’s hospitals, three rehab hospitals and two orthopedic hospitals, nearly 700 clinic and outpatient facilities, 40,000 co-workers and more than 2,000 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

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