Mercy President Receives MHA Distinguished Service Award

November 9, 2015

Lynn Britton, Mercy president and CEO (left) with 

Herb B. Kuhn, MHA president and CEO (right).

Mercy’s president and CEO has received the highest honor from the Missouri Hospital Association (MHA).

Lynn Britton was presented the 2015 Distinguished Service Award during MHA’s 93nd Annual Convention and Trade Show. The award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to health care, Missouri hospitals and the communities they serve. 

“Lynn has been an agent of change in a health system in transition,” said Herb B. Kuhn, MHA president and CEO. “The impact of his investments in technology, embrace of innovation and vision for the future of health care will affect how health care is delivered — and delivered better — for years to come.”

In a news release, MHA credits Britton’s “leadership style of honoring the past while tenaciously pursuing the future for producing rapid clinical and technological progress within the organization. Mercy physician leaders also have thrived on the internal culture Britton has created to stimulate innovation — from a fully staffed research department conducting more than 600 clinical trials to cultural and financial support for new advances in critical care that promise to change the industry.”

More than a decade ago, Britton took an unprecedented move to transform the way health care managed its supply chain – and today ROi, Mercy’s supply chain organization, is one of the world’s Top 10 Health Care Supply Chains. Because of his innovative role in developing ROi, Britton was inducted into the 2013 Bellwether League’s Hall of Fame. Last year, he was one of three recipients of the CEO I.T. Achievement Award by Modern Healthcare and the Health Information and Management Systems Society.

Britton has served as the president and chief executive officer of Mercy since January 2009, after serving as senior vice president since 2004.  He has been with Mercy for 18-plus years, serving as vice president for Mercy’s supply chain operating division, Resource Optimization and Innovation (ROi) from 2000 to 2004. Prior to that, he served as executive director of materials management for St. John’s Mercy Health Care in St. Louis and director of materials management at Mercy Health Center in Oklahoma City.

The MHA Board of Trustees selects the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award. To learn more about MHA, a not-for-profit association based in Jefferson City, click here.

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