Chief Executive Officer
Patrick Sharp, MBA, serves as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Mercy Regional Medical Center. In his position, Patrick lives his passion for rural health care and his mission to be a leader who inspires others to flourish in a balanced life through faith, integrity, accountability and the pursuit of knowledge.
Patrick excels at relationship building and transparent communication. He enjoys creating lasting connections with both internal and external partners. As CEO of Mercy, Patrick cultivates strong, trusting relationships with Mercy’s board, associates, advanced practice providers, physicians and volunteers to impact the health and wholeness of every life, every neighbor and every community Mercy serves.
Prior to joining Mercy, Patrick served as President & CEO of Fairview Range Regional Medical Center in Hibbing, MN, where he was responsible for the overall leadership, strategic planning and operation of the licensed 175-bed hospital, as well as primary and specialty care clinics and home health and hospice services. During his tenure with Fairview Range health care system, Patrick also held the senior leadership positions of Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Clinic Operations and Radiation Therapy, supporting operations and strategic initiatives in both inpatient and ambulatory settings. Prior to Fairview Range, Patrick served in regulatory compliance roles for Beckman Coulter, St. Jude Medical and Boston Scientific.
Patrick received a Bachelor of Science in chemistry and a Master of Business Administration from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN. He was a member of the Minnesota Hospital Association’s Policy & Advocacy Committee and previously served on the board of the Hibbing Community College Foundation. To help strengthen both his faith and leadership skills, Patrick is currently pursuing his master’s degree in theology with an emphasis in philosophy.
Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Jane Strobel serves as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Mercy. In her role, she lives her mission to serve this organization, the community and our associates and to love every minute.
As Chief Financial Officer, Jane provides Mercy with leadership and guidance for financial oversight and strategic planning including new business development, budgeting, day-to-day operations and business analytics. She also has operational oversight of revenue management and patient access as well as facilities, environmental services and other ancillary departments.
Jane earned her Master's in environmental science and engineering from the Colorado School of Mines; and her Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from the University of Iowa. She is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the state of Colorado.
Christopher Hudson, MD
Chief Medical Officer & Regional Medical Director for CHPG
Christopher Hudson, MD, serves as Chief Medical Officer of Mercy Regional Medical Center and Regional Medical Director for Centura Health Physician Group clinics. In his role, Dr. Hudson lives out his mission to achieve high quality, patient-centered care by fostering a collaborative environment that empowers teams to seek innovative solutions to enhance the health of our community.
Serving as a driving force for Mercy’s physician facing initiatives, Chris serves as a collaborator with our connected ecosystem, and is focused on quality outcomes, safety, innovation, and teamwork.
Dr. Hudson is board-certified in family medicine, aerospace medicine, preventive medicine and public health. He is a certified physician executive and joined Mercy after 22 years of experience and a proven track record of success in the United States Air Force.
Prior to joining Mercy, Dr. Hudson served as the commander of the 2d Medical Group at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana. He led a staff of 400 providing multi-specialty outpatient clinical services and emergency medical services supporting 31,000 patients. Chris oversaw Air Force Global Strike Command’s largest accredited ambulatory clinic with 79,000 patient encounters and 246,000 prescriptions annually, as well as one of the Air Force’s 10 dental residency programs.
Dr. Hudson is an Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Distinguished Graduate and a four-year ROTC and Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) scholarship recipient. He received both his undergraduate engineering and medical degree at Vanderbilt University, and graduated from the Saint Louis University/Scott AFB Combined Family Practice Residency Program in Belleville, IL. Chris completed his master’s in public health (MPH) at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, MA. He is a 2009 graduate of the United States Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine (USAFSAM) Residency in Aerospace Medicine (RAM), where he served as Chief Resident during his General Preventive Medicine residency year.
During his military career, Chris earned numerous awards and decorations, including the Meritorious Service Medal and the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award. He also earned the rating of Chief Flight Surgeon and has accumulating more than 600 flight hours in many models of military aircraft.
Stephanie Clements, RN, MBA
Chief Nursing Officer & Vice President of Patient Care Services
Stephanie Clements, RN, MBA, serves as the Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services of Mercy Regional Medical Center. Supporting Mercy’s clinical staff, she is on a mission to follow God’s direction as He provides her with opportunities to serve.
At Mercy, Stephanie provides leadership and is accountable for the daily operations of the hospital by working through Mercy’s health care team members. She has an active leadership role with Mercy’s Board of Trustees, Senior Leadership Team, Medical Staff, hospital and Centura Health leaders.
Stephanie brings years of experience to Mercy, previously serving as Director of Operations at The Woodlands Hospital in The Woodlands, Tex. Prior to serving as Director of Operations, Stephanie served at The Woodlands Hospital in various nursing leadership roles including manager of patient experience, manager of perioperative services, and house supervisor. Her nursing career includes additional experience at Conroe Surgery Center, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Texas OB/Gyn Associates, and Clear Lake Regional Medical Center.
Stephanie earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing and MBA in healthcare management from Western Governors University.
Director of Human Resources
Carrie Wilson serves as the Director of Human Resources of Mercy Regional Medical Center. On a mission to make a positive difference each day, Carrie brings decades of experience and is dedicated to elevating Mercy’s incredible caregivers.
An experienced senior level human resources professional, Carrie has extensive knowledge in associate relations and talent development, HR policy and best practices as well as culture and engagement.
In her role, Carrie serves as a trusted advisor and business partner to Mercy’s leaders, associates and providers, working with them to solve problems and find solutions in order to improve engagement, retention and ultimately, patient care.
Carrie has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, with a minor in Sociology from Portland State University. She is also a certified professional coach with the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC) and holds a Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR) credential from the Human Resources Certification Institute.
Board of Trustees
Richard Miller serves as Chair of Mercy Regional Medical Center’s Board of Trustees. A resident of Pagosa Springs for more than 25 years, Richard is on a mission to support Mercy and Centura Health to create the finest whole health system today.
Prior to serving on Mercy’s Board of Trustees, Richard was a board member on the Mercy Health Foundation Board, a position he had held since 1999. He also volunteered with the Hospice of Mercy. Richard finds the Board of Trustees to be active and engaged. As a community volunteer he finds these characteristics important and wanted to be part of the dynamic.
Richard is retired after two successful careers in commercial structural steel construction and geodesic dome greenhouse design and building. Prior to this, he served 3 ½ tours of combat duty in Vietnam.
Richard would like our community to know that Mercy is more than a "medical center". The caregivers at Mercy are neighbors you will meet in town every day, sharing their time with you and others. Our caregivers live day-to-day with all the hopes, life issues, and dreams we all share in this human experience.
Steve Swisher serves as Vice-Chair of Mercy Regional Medical Center’s Board of Trustees. A resident of Durango for 40 years, Steve is on a mission to promote quality and inclusive health care to the community.
Steve has served on Mercy’s Board of Trustees for five years, during which he also served as Board Chair. Prior to this, Steve served on the Mercy Health Foundation Board. Steve was inspired to serve on Mercy’s Board of Trustees because of the many dedicated individuals and health care professionals connected with Mercy. He is motivated by Mercy’s vision for quality health care.
Now retired, Steve was the managing partner for Durango’s Brown’s Shoe Fit Co. and Brown’s Sport Shoe.
He would like the community to know that Mercy’s professional caregivers are dedicated and will continue to meet the area’s health care needs. He is proud to be connected with this organization and offer his volunteer service to the goals and mission of Mercy.
Sharon Ford, RSM, serves as Secretary of Mercy Regional Medical Center’s Board of Trustees. A Religious Sister of Mercy, Sister Sharon takes her personal mission from a quote by Mother Teresa: “To be a pencil in God’s hands.”
Sister Sharon has served on Mercy’s Board of Trustees for 8 years. She was driven to serve on the board by a love of Mercy history and the hospital’s presence in the community as well as her love for the people of Durango.
Sister Sharon is an educator and resides in Aurora, Colo.
She would like the community to know that Mercy has wonderful caregivers who live out the mission of the hospital.
Board Member & Chair of Mercy Health Foundation
Virginia Miller-Cavanagh serves on Mercy Regional Medical Center’s Board of Trustees. A resident of Durango for more than 40 years, Virginia is on a mission to seek God’s wisdom for her actions, relationships and decision making.
Virginia joined Mercy’s Board of Trustees in 2020 as part of her role as Chair of the Mercy Health Foundation (MHF) Board of Directors. She has served on the MHF board since 2016. As a retiree, it warms her heart to have the ability to contribute her expertise to an important business. She especially enjoys the spiritual and faith-based guidance employed in the board’s decision making.
She is a retired Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and former shareholder and owner of a local CPA firm. Virginia received her accounting degree from Fort Lewis College in 1987 and earned her MBA from Colorado State University in 1991.
Virginia believes that Mercy is an integral part of the community. Having Centura Health as part of Mercy’s governance structure adds strength to Mercy’s ability to attract highly qualified people, provides negotiating strength for contracts with insurance companies, and aids in purchasing supplies and equipment.
Wanda Ellingson, MSW, ACSW, LCSW, serves on Mercy Regional Medical Center’s Board of Trustees. A resident of Durango for more than 30 years, Wanda is on a mission to bring community perspectives and ensure Mercy is nurturing the health of everyone in the community.
Wanda joined Mercy’s Board of Trustees in 2020 driven by her desire to continue her commitment to the community by matching her skills, knowledge and values to a community agency, institution or program. Wanda realized that her previous work as a medical social worker, educator, consumer and caregiver of a relative who utilized Mercy care and services was a good fit. She also worked at Mercy as a medical social worker and valued the passion and dedication of all who worked at the hospital.
Wanda is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker trained in medical social work, bilingual bicultural mental health and social work education. During her years in Durango, she has worked at Southwest Colorado Mental Health (now Axis Health System) in many clinical and administrative roles and then for 20 years with the University of Denver Master of Social Work Program in Durango educating students from the Four Corners and the surrounding tribal communities.
Wanda would like the community to know how fortunate it is to have a hospital that is consistently recognized for the outstanding care it provides. Providing health care in rural areas is no easy feat and the Four Corners is fortunate to have the hospital, physician group practices and many other services associated with Mercy in the community.
Valerie Mangrum serves on Mercy Regional Medical Center’s Board of Trustees. A resident of Durango for more than 10 years, Valerie is on a mission to be a loving and peaceful influence in her community and to all she meets.
Valerie joined Mercy’s Board of Trustees in 2020 driven to serve by her desire to give more. In her professional career, for 10 years she has served as the Executive Director of the Durango Pregnancy Center and is a certified life coach.
Valerie would like the community to know that Mercy is a place that cares about its people and its patients. It is a place of people doing their very best and she is confident in the work and mission of Mercy.
Sister Margaret McBride
Sister Margaret McBride, RSM, serves on Mercy Regional Medical Center’s Board of Trustees. A Religious Sister of Mercy, Sister Margaret is on a mission to provide compassionate care for all individuals she encounters. Being a Sister of Mercy, she is often asked to aid patients who need care but may not have insurance or the means to pay for services. Alleviating that suffering or anxiety is very important to her.
Sister Margaret joined Mercy’s Board of Trustees in 2020 and is grateful to be one of the religious sponsors of the Sisters of Mercy and is honored to serve on the board
She is a registered nurse and has had the opportunity to work in the full-continuum of care including acute care, skilled care, and home care. She currently serves as the Vice President for Mission Integration for the Arizona Service Area of Dignity Health. Sister Margaret resides in Phoenix, Ariz.
Sister Margaret would like the community to know that Mercy provides a high standard of quality care. She has been impressed with her fellow board members’ commitment and how they represent the voice of the community when providing direction to the hospital.
- Carma M. Claw, Ph.D.
- Tom Gessel
- Heidi Zink, CNM
- James Birgenheier, M.D.
- Katy Pepinsky