Mercy Health CEO Connelly to Retire in January

CINCINNATI – The president and CEO of Mercy Health, Michael Connelly, is retiring effective Jan. 31 and will be replaced by John Starcher, the health care system announced Monday.

Starcher is Mercy Health’s executive vice president of operations in its southern markets and president and CEO of the Cincinnati Region, which includes five hospitals and 180 network locations. He returned to Mercy Health in January 2015 after serving as president and CEO of Florida-based Health Management Associates. Before joining HMA, he was CEO for three of four divisions within Mercy Health and also served as the organization’s senior vice president of human resources and assistant general counsel.

Connelly was named CEO of Mercy Health in 1995. He oversaw the system’s reorganization from seven autonomous regional health-care providers to a unified system with assets of $6.1 billion, according to the retirement announcement.

Mercy Health operates St. Elizabeth Youngstown, St. Elizabeth Boardman and St. Joseph hospital in Warren. The system includes 23 hospitals, eight senior living communities, five hospice programs and seven home health agencies.

Pictured: Michael Connelly

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