Mercy’s CEO Recognized as Trailblazing Leader

June 13, 2017

It’s not the first time Lynn Britton, Mercy’s president and CEO, has been recognized for his innovative, forward-thinking leadership. But beyond a can-do spirit in a challenging national health care environment, Britton also leads with a collaborative, kindhearted and compassionate spirit.

Together, those visionary qualities were applauded by Catholic Health Association (CHA) as he was presented this week with the Sister Concilia Moran Award. First awarded in 1992, the award, named for Sister Mary Concilia Moran, a Sister of Mercy, is presented annually to an individual in Catholic health care who has exhibited creativity and breakthrough thinking that advances Catholic health care and the ministry.

“The award draws critical attention to the innovative ideas and achievements by which these leaders have taken Catholic health care in new directions,” according to CHA.

Sister Moran, who was the first post-Vatican II superior of the Sisters of Mercy, was like many Sisters of Mercy; she was “an agent of change, a shaper of dreams, and an enabler of persons.”

In an in-depth profile of Britton’s contributions, CHA gives a nod to the many ways in which Britton has led Catholic health care. For a detailed look, read on. For more information on the award, click here.

In addition, here’s a snapshot of how Britton has led Catholic health care to new heights:

  • WIRED Magazine, in partnership with Hewlett-Packard, released a list of 11 people in 2017, naming Britton as one, who are “dealing with waste more efficiently and with less impact on the environment, brining virtual…tools into the medical arena."
  • The Missouri Hospital Association bestowed its highest honor - the Distinguised Service Award - upon Britton for being "an agent of change in a health system in transition."
  • Britton has landed multiple times on Becker's Hospital Review's "CEOs to Know" and "100 Great Healthcare Leaders to Know" rankings for creating "a culture at the health system that stimulates innovation and encourages physician leaders to pursue new ideas that could change the industry."
  • Last spring, Britton received the Walker Medal by Maryville University in St. Louis. It recognizes outstanding contributions or achievement in the field of health and wellness; Britton was honored for his leadership and vision in helping form the Catherine McAuley School of Nursing at Maryville, which provides educational opportunities for Mercy co-workers, as well as clinical rotations for Maryville students. Watch the award video.

Lynn Britton, Mercy president and CEO, joins Sister Carol Keehan, president and CEO of the Catholic Health Association of the United States, in accepting the Sister Concilia Moran Award.

Lynn Britton in the News

Mercy, named one of the top five large U.S. health systems in 2017 by Truven, an IBM Watson Health company, serves millions annually. Mercy includes 44 acute care and specialty (heart, children’s, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, more than 700 physician practices 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 Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. 

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