Mercy Announces Local Leadership Changes, Discernment Continues

April 30, 2015

Longtime Mercy leader Kim Day has joined
the Independence team to lead affiliation discussions

As Mercy continues to make progress toward a solution for sustainable health care services in the community, the organization has announced local leadership changes.


Dave Steinmann, president of Mercy Hospital Independence, will transition to the role of administrator at Mercy’s Lebanon, Missouri, hospital effective June 1.


Meanwhile, Kim Day, a Mercy leader with 40 years of health care experience, will join the Independence team to serve as interim leader until the resolution of the hospital’s current discernment process.


The month of May will serve as a transition period, with Day working alongside Steinmann to familiarize himself with the Independence community and operations. Day will assume the leadership position upon Steinmann’s departure and will have a key role in ongoing affiliation negotiations with Coffeyville Regional Medical Center (CRMC).


“I came to Independence nearly two years ago with the expectation of making this my home until retirement,” Steinmann said. “However, if there’s one thing I’ve learned in my 20-plus years in health care, it’s the fact that our industry is ever-evolving. While I am thankful for the opportunity to continue my career in the ministry I’ve come to know and love, I certainly will miss the people of Independence, whom I also have come to know and love.”


Day’s experience includes a variety of roles in communities of many sizes. Having begun his career in Catholic health care with another large health system, Kim joined Mercy in 2000 as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Mercy’s Springfield, Missouri-based operations. In 2009, as part of a Mercy-wide reorganization, Kim was named regional president of Mercy’s central communities. He held this position until retiring from a fulltime role with Mercy in March 2013. Since that time, Kim has undertaken a variety of consulting assignments with Mercy, including serving as interim president in Hot Springs, Arkansas, and supporting the transition of Mercy Hot Springs to another sponsor, and more recently providing leadership during a transitional period for Mercy’s revenue management team.


“The great news is our local hospital will be in very capable hands under Kim Day’s leadership,” Steinmann said. “I am thrilled that he has accepted this assignment and confident he will help bring our long process of future visioning to a positive resolution that is in the community’s best interest.


“I think everyone understands this is a pivotal time for health care all across our country. I’m pleased to have been a part of the local solution, and I will be keeping an eye out from the next state over to see the positive outcome I know is coming in Independence.”