Mercy Regional Medical Center Names New Chief Executive

(DURANGO, COLO) Mercy Regional Medical Centers Board of Directors has named Will McConnell, MBA, Ph.D., as the new president and chief executive officer of the hospital.

McConnell replaces outgoing CEO Tom Gessel, who led the hospital since September of 2012 and was promoted last January to become the senior vice president of operations and network development at Centura Health, Mercys parent organization.

McConnell most recently served as Mercys vice president of operations and outreach strategy. In that role, he was responsible for overseeing operations and growth of Mercys 16 primary care and specialty clinics.

Will has demonstrated an ability to lead effectively at Mercy. He is especially adept at strategic planning and physician partnership, said Gessel. I have no doubt that Mercys successwhich ultimately benefits those we servewill continue under Wills leadership.

McConnell joined Mercys Senior Leadership team in 2010. Prior to that, he worked for Carilion Clinic, a six-hospital, not-for-profit health care organization in Roanoke, Virginia.

McConnell earned his Ph.D. and a masters degree at Colorado State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Medical Group Management Association. He is certified as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.

Its truly an honor to lead this organization, McConnell said. The employees and providers who work here are incredibly dedicated to those we serve. That dedication and commitment to excellence shows not only in the recognition Mercy has received, but more importantly in the lives we touch every day, he added.

The Mercy Board has been fortunate to interact with Will regularly over the years and know that Mercy is in capable hands, said Joanne Spina, chair of Mercys Board of Directors. As the healthcare landscape evolves and presents uncertainties, we know that under Wills leadership Mercy will continue to fulfill its mission of serving those in need.

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About Mercy Regional Medical Center
Mercy Regional Medical Center is an 82-bed acute care hospital in Durango, Colorado. As a non-profit hospital that is part of the Centura Health network, Mercy is committed to improving the health and wellness of the communities it serves in the Four Corners region. See the Mercy Regional Medical Center website for more information.

About Centura Health
Centura Health connects individuals, families and neighborhoods across Colorado and western Kansas with more than 6,000 physicians and 21,000 of the best hearts and minds in health care. Through our 17 hospitals, two senior living communities, health neighborhoods, physician practices and clinics, home care and hospice services, and Flight For Life Colorado, we are making the regions best health care accessible and affordable in every community we serve. We believe you can inspire the people you care about to live healthier lives by encouraging them to do the little things that can make a big difference. Were Centura Health, and were here for your health. For information on Centura Health or any of the facilities in our network, please visit the Centura Health website.