Phyllis Doulaveris, Chief Nurse Executive at Mercy Health

Phyllis Doulaveris, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, CPHQ 
Chief Nurse Executive, Mercy Health

Phyllis Doulaveris joined Mercy Health as the ministry’s first chief nurse executive in 2015. She is responsible for overseeing the delivery of care provided by nearly 9,000 Mercy Health nurses across Ohio and Kentucky.

Prior to her work at Mercy Health, she served as chief nursing officer and senior vice president for patient care services for Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare’s Iowa market. During her tenure, she led implementation of a shared governance model, improved budget performance while maintaining high-quality outcomes and created Nurse Peer Review and Nurse Residency programs.

She also served as the system director of Nursing Informatics and Staffing & Resource Management at a health system in northern Virginia.

Phyllis earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Maryland and her doctorate of nursing practice degree at Marquette University.

Patricia Davis-Hagens, Market President and CEO, Central Market and Chief Nursing Officer, Mercy Health - Cincinnati
Patricia Davis-Hagens 
Chief Nursing Officer, Mercy Health — Cincinnati and Market President and CEO, Central Market

Pat Davis-Hagens is chief nursing officer (CNO) for Mercy Health — Cincinnati, as well as president, CEO and central market leader.

As CNO, Ms. Davis-Hagens has reorganized the patient care delivery system, implemented a shared leadership governance structure, increased retention and recruitment of registered nurses and nursing leaders and initiated clinical task forces to improve quality outcomes and processes. Under her leadership, Mercy Health — Fairfield Hospital achieved Nursing Magnet status, with the other four Mercy Health – Cincinnati hospitals now working to achieve this recognition.

Ms. Davis-Hagens joined Mercy Health in 2006. Most recently she served as operations executive for Mercy Health – The Heart Institute and chief nursing officer and chief operating officer for Mercy Health – Fairfield Hospital. She had responsibility for the nursing division and emergency, surgical, rehabilitation and pharmacy services.

Prior to joining Mercy Health, Ms. Davis-Hagens spent 20 years with Provena Covenant Medical Center in Illinois as CNO, COO, vice president of patient care services/CNE, director of community care services, director of surgical services and nurse manager. She began her career with Boston City Hospital in a variety of leadership roles.

Ms. Davis-Hagens holds an MBA from Plymouth State College in New Hampshire, a Bachelor’s degree from Salem State College in Massachusetts, an AS in nursing from Northeastern University in Boston, and a diploma from the Department of Health and Hospitals School of Practical Nursing in Boston. Ms. Hagen-Davis is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the American Organization of Nurse Executives.

Janet Simerly Chief Nursing Officer, Mercy Health - Kentucky
Janet Simerly 
Chief Nursing Officer, Mercy Health — Kentucky

Janet Simerly joined Lourdes Hospital in 2013 as CNO. Janet joined the team with a diverse background including more than 20 years of combined hospital and non-hospital based leadership experience. Much of her career was with Mercy Health in the Knoxville market. While with Mercy Health, Janet served as CNO for Mercy West and prior to that was director of several ambulatory services for St. Mary’s.

Instrumental in opening the first wound healing center for the local system as well as the first multi-place hyperbaric chamber in the region dedicated to wound healing. With a group of anesthesiologist, Janet led the pain management services and expanded to three locations. While at St. Mary’s, Janet assumed leadership for sleep services which included a joint venture with another area hospital and expansion of the coverage area for sleep services. Janet has had experience as disease state management team leader for a managed care organization, hospice administrator, director of infusion education for a homecare infusion company and director of clinical services for a large physician call center. “Every job I have held in nursing has been exciting but being part of our ministry here at Lourdes is truly what I was meant to do. Working with an amazing group of leaders, nurses, patient care assistants, unit clerks and a host of others who are mission driven is an inspiration every day.”

Janet is a registered nurse graduating from ETBH and earned a bachelor of science in health arts from the University of St. Francis. Janet currently serves on the board of Mercy Regional Ambulance Service.

Cory Werts Chief Nursing Officer, Mercy Health - Lima
Cory Werts 
Chief Nursing Officer, Mercy Health — Lima
Cheryl Rieves, Chief Nursing Officer, Mercy Health - Lorain
Cheryl Rieves 
Chief Nursing Officer, Mercy Health — Lorain
Elaine Storrs, Chief Nursing Officer, Mercy Health - Springfield
Elaine Storrs 
Chief Nursing Officer, Mercy Health — Springfield

Elaine Storrs joined Mercy Health as the Chief Quality Officer and Patient Safety Officer for the Springfield region in the fall of 2015.

Her previous experience includes, Adena Health System in Chillicothe where she served as System Director Quality and Medical Staff Services. She also served as Director of Accreditation for Adena.

Elaine received her Associates degree in nursing from Southern State Community College. She went on to achieve her Bachelors degree in nursing and her Master's degree in Health and Healthcare Administration and Management from Ohio University.


Jodi Pahl, Chief Nursing Officer, Mercy Health - Toledo
Jodi Pahl 
Chief Nursing Officer, Mercy Health — Toledo
Lori DeNiro, Mercy Health Chief Nursing Officer Youngstown
Lori DeNiro 
Chief Nursing Officer, Mercy Health — Youngstown and Chief Nursing Officer, St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital

Lori DeNiro is the regional chief nursing officer for Mercy Health — Youngstown, as well as the chief nursing officer for St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital. In these roles, Lori works in close collaboration with the chief nursing officers of St. Joseph Warren Hospital and St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital, and she oversees and coordinates the nursing care and daily operations for the region. She reports directly to the region’s executive vice president and chief operating officer.

As the lead nursing executive, Lori works to align the nursing staff with Mercy Health’s Mission, vision, values and promise. She is responsible for quality and patient safety initiatives and strategic planning, and she manages nursing budgets, establishes nursing policies and procedures, participates in departmental decision making, partners with physicians, drives the patient experience and maintains excellence in nursing through Magnet accreditation status.

Lori joined Mercy Health in 1986, working in various nursing leadership positions of increasing responsibility, including nurse coordinator, nurse manager, senior director of nursing and, most recently, chief nursing officer for St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital.

Under Lori’s leadership, St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital received its first Magnet designation and joined both St. Joseph Warren and St. Elizabeth Youngstown hospitals in this prestigious recognition. Among her many noteworthy achievements, Lori helped pioneer the opening of St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital in 2007; supported the successful implementation of the electronic medical record, EPIC; developed top talent for team leadership; increased certification of the nursing specialty; decreased St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital registered nurse vacancy rates; and was instrumental in several successful Joint Commission and State of Ohio surveys.

Lori graduated from St. Elizabeth School of Nursing with her diploma in nursing. She then earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Jacksonville University and her Master of Science in Nursing from Regis University, Ruerkert-Hartman College for Health Professions. A member of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), Lori is a graduate of the Mercy Health Leadership Academy and the Centers for Creative Leadership Program. She is also a member of the Eastern Ohio Organization of Nurse Executives (EOONE) and the Mercy Health Amazing Patient Care Council. An American Nursing Credentialing Centers (ANCC) board-certified nurse executive, Lori participates in many local community and nursing events and initiatives.