OKC Native Bennett Geister Named President of Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City Communities

April 17, 2024

Mercy has named Bennett Geister president of Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City Communities. Geister will lead operations and strategy for Mercy’s hospitals and clinics across the Oklahoma City metropolitan area beginning June 3.

Geister, who was born at Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City, spent his early career working in health care in the Oklahoma City area. Since 2018, he has served as chief executive officer of Hillcrest Hospital South in Tulsa.

Mercy doctor's coat Bennett Geister

“I truly consider it a gift to have the opportunity to lead an already wonderful team at Mercy, and to do it at the hospital where I was born is a full circle moment for me personally,” said Geister, who grew up in a family of health care providers, which influenced his career path. “Professionally, I’ve always considered Mercy a really strong organization across the state with so much potential to grow and serve more people who need care. I’m excited to be a part of that growth and honored to be a part of Mercy’s legacy.”

Geister is passionate about providing safe, high-quality patient care and building a strong workplace culture. He also considers himself an advocate for co-worker engagement and community involvement.

“Several things are immediately apparent when you talk to Bennett: his faith and his passion for providing the best health care to people in Oklahoma,” said Dr. John Mohart, Mercy’s president of community operations. “Bennett’s experience is a great fit for Mercy, and his expertise in hospital operations, board relations and culture building will be an asset.”

Geister will also provide leadership support to Mercy hospitals and clinics in Kingfisher, Logan County and Watonga. The Oklahoma Hospital Association recently named Geister chair-elect of the board.

He is a graduate of Heritage Hall, completed his bachelor’s in business administration at University of Oklahoma in Norman, and earned a master’s in health care administration at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.