John M. Starcher, Jr., Esq.
John Starcher is CEO of Bon Secours Mercy Health. As the leader of one of the largest health care systems in the U.S., Starcher oversees the development of system strategies and operations for 50 Mercy Health and Bon Secours hospitals and more than 1,000 sites of care across Ohio, Kentucky, New York, Maryland, Virginia, South Carolina and Florida, as well as five locations across Ireland. Bon Secours Mercy Health employs more than 60,000 people including 2,600 employed U.S. providers and 450 Irish consultants, and has pro forma net operating revenue of approximately $10 billion.
Previously he served as president and CEO of Mercy Health, the largest provider of health care in the state of Ohio.
Starcher was the former president and chief executive officer of Health Management Associates (HMA), an integrated acute care delivery system with 71 hospitals across 15 states. He guided HMA through its successful sale to Community Health Systems.
Before joining HMA, Starcher served as the CEO of three of Mercy Health’s four divisions – overseeing more than 20 acute care hospitals, five long term care facilities, six home health agencies and dozens of affiliated clinical practices with more than $3 billion in net revenue. He also served as the CEO of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Region, the senior vice president of human resources and corporate associate counsel.
Starcher began his health care career in academic medicine, serving six years in leadership roles at the Medical College of Ohio, now the University of Toledo Medical Center.
He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Bowling Green State University and a Doctorate in Jurisprudence from the University of Toledo. John is licensed to practice law in the State of Ohio and has actively served as a director on more than 16 boards.
As president and chief operating officer, Brian Smith oversees Bon Secours Mercy Health operations across the ministry. He is responsible for the operational management of the ministry’s core operating regions, which includes one in Ireland. In addition, he oversees key functions including nursing, pharmacy, lab, quality and clinical effectiveness, as well as post-acute services and all shared services.
Smith previously served as chief operating officer for Bon Secours Mercy Health. In a prior role, he was CEO of the ministry’s north division. He also held the position of executive vice president/chief operating officer with St. Rita’s Health Partners in Lima, which included two hospitals, four physician joint ventures and a wholly owned physician enterprise.
He received his bachelor’s degree from Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio. He received a master’s degree in business administration from Ashland University.
Smith is a member of the Ohio Hospital Association Board of Directors and the Advisory Board for the James Dicke College of Business Administration at Ohio Northern University. He is past chairman of the board of the Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce. Smith has been recognized by Modern Healthcare with its “Up and Comers” award, and the Cincinnati Business Courier named him “2017 Chief Operating Officer of the Year.” He previously served on the Ohio Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Summa Health System Board of Directors and the Mercy College of Ohio Board of Trustees.
Wael Haidar, MD
Wael Haidar, MD, serves as chief clinical officer at Bon Secours Mercy Health. He is responsible for the strategic leadership of the organization’s clinical enterprise, including service lines, physician and ambulatory services, medical informatics and population health.
He previously served as senior vice president, Provider Networks, for Bon Secours Health System, a role he assumed in January 2017. Prior to joining Bon Secours, Dr. Haidar worked at Mercy Clinics in Des Moines, Iowa, for 10 years where he served as a staff physician, medical director of the Adult Hospitalist Program, vice president of hospital-based physicians and ultimately as chief physician executive and president of Mercy Clinics.
Dr. Haidar earned his medical degree from American University of Beirut in Beirut, Lebanon, and a master’s degree in business administration from Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management. He completed fellowships with the Mayo Clinic in behavioral neurology and geriatrics.
David Cannady is the chief strategy officer for Bon Secours Mercy Health, leading the ministry’s marketing, innovation and strategic planning teams.
Cannady came to Mercy Health in May 2017 from Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) in Nashville, where he served as vice president of the Strategic Resource Group. During his tenure at HCA, David led a team that provided strategic planning and consulting for growth initiatives and hospital operations, managed reporting and progress on the strategic agenda, and helped develop strategies on service lines, clinically integrated networks and clinical co-management programs.
Before joining HCA in 2002, Cannady was a senior manager in the health care consulting group at Cap Gemini Ernst & Young in Charlotte, N.C. He began his career at Richmond Memorial Hospital, now known as Memorial Regional Medical Center.
A North Carolina native, he holds a bachelor’s degree in public health from the University of North Carolina and a master’s degree in health administration from Duke University.
Cannady serves on the board of Cintrifuse, an innovation technology company based in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Michael A. Bezney is the chief legal officer for Bon Secours Mercy Health, leading all ministry-wide legal operations, as well as governance, foundation and advocacy functions.
He joined Mercy Health in 2002 as senior vice president and general counsel, and most recently served as chief legal officer for the ministry.
Previously, Bezney served as vice president and associate general counsel for Advocate Health Care, the largest nonprofit system in metropolitan Chicago. Before joining Advocate in 1996, he was a partner in the health care law department of McDermott, Will & Emery, a Chicago-based law firm. He also served as an associate in corporate law with the Dallas, Texas-based firm of Johnson & Gibbs.
Bezney earned his Doctorate in Jurisprudence from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Texas.
Deborah Bloomfield, PhD
Bloomfield served as chief financial officer for Mercy Health. In a prior role, she was the CFO for Mercy Health’s southern division. Previously, Bloomfield was employed by Ernst and Young, LLP, where she specialized in the health care and finance services sectors. She has more than 25 years of experience in health care finance. In 2013, Bloomfield was named Chief Financial Officer of the Year by the Cincinnati Business Courier.
Bloomfield holds a PhD in business administration from Touro University International (now Trident University). She holds a Master of Business Administration in finance and management information systems from Xavier University in Cincinnati and an undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, in accounting from Xavier University.
She is a certified public accountant in Ohio (active) and a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association.
Father Joseph Cardone
As chief mission officer for Bon Secours Mercy Health, Fr. Joseph Cardone leads the ministry’s initiatives to extend understanding about the organization’s Catholic heritage and identity among employees, leaders and board members.
Previously, Fr. Cardone served as the chief mission officer and senior vice president of mission and values for Mercy Health, as well as vice president of mission and value integration for Mercy Health – St. Vincent Medical Center and Mercy Health – Children’s Hospital. While in Toledo, he served as pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish.
He holds a doctor of philosophy in moral theology from St. Louis University and a master’s degree from the Athenaeum of Ohio, Cincinnati. He graduated from Bowling Green State University with a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and teaching. He was ordained a priest in the Diocese of Toledo in 1987.
Joe Gage is the chief human resources officer for Bon Secours Mercy Health and is responsible for diversity and inclusion, talent acquisition, rewards and wellbeing, and learning for the more than 60,000-employee ministry.
Gage previously served as chief human resources officer for Mercy Health. Prior to joining the health care ministry, he was a vice president at Tenet and led human resources (HR), talent, recruiting and HR metrics for the 56 hospitals and 58,000 employees in hospital operations.
Earlier in his career, he negotiated national and local labor agreements for Levi Strauss & Co. At Delta Air Lines, Gage was the human resources division leader for 10,000 pilots and led the startup of Delta’s new low cost carrier, Song Airlines. He began his career as in-house counsel for BNSF Railway handling labor and employment cases.
Gage has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Baylor University and a Doctorate in Jurisprudence from Baylor School of Law. He is licensed to practice law in Texas.
Sr. Anne Lutz, CBS
As chief sponsorship officer for Bon Secours Mercy Health, Sr. Anne Lutz, CBS, oversees sponsorship, ministry formation, workplace spirituality, ethics, global ministries and social advocacy.
A health care administrator with more than 30 years of experience in acute and geriatric care, Sr. Anne previously served as executive vice president of sponsorship for Bon Secours Health System. In addition, she served as board president for Bon Secours Baltimore Health System in Maryland.
Prior to joining Bon Secours Health System in 1987, Sr. Anne served as an administrator for St. Francis Country House, a 313-bed skilled nursing facility in Darby, Pa. She also held several nursing management and staff positions at three Bon Secours hospitals in Michigan and Maryland.
Sr. Anne received her nursing education from the Bon Secours School of Nursing, Baltimore, Md. She later obtained a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Detroit and a Gerontology Certificate from St. Louis University.
She serves on the boards of Bon Secours Baltimore Health System and Roper St. Francis Health Care. She is treasurer for the Sisters of Bon Secours, USA and assistant treasurer, Congregation of Bon Secours Paris.
As chief marketing officer for Bon Secours Mercy Health, Sandra Mackey is responsible for all marketing, communications, digital, brand and creative strategy to support health care delivery across the ministry.
Before joining Mercy Health in 2017 as chief marketing officer, Mackey served as senior vice president of marketing and communications for the Arthritis Foundation, where she was responsible for national strategic marketing initiatives. Previously, Mackey was the executive director of market strategy for Emory Healthcare in Atlanta, where she led a team to support service line and strategic growth initiatives, established a digital marketing platform and launched a comprehensive brand strategy.
Mackey was named “2018 Chief Marketing Officer of the Year” by the Cincinnati Business Courier. She is a graduate of the Woodruff Leadership Academy and holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Birmingham University in England.
She recently served on the board of directors for Saint Joseph’s Mercy Care Foundation in Atlanta and is a current board member for Access Health. She is a member of the national Women Business Leaders (WBL) organization.
Andrea Mazzoccoli, PhD
Andrea Mazzoccoli is the chief nurse and quality officer for Bon Secours Mercy Health. She previously served as the corporate chief nurse executive for Bon Secours Health System. As chief nursing officer, she represents thousands of nurses working across the continuum of care to ensure the highest standard for professional nursing practice and quality outcomes.
Prior to joining Bon Secours, Mazzoccoli served as vice president, patient care services and chief nursing officer at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
Mazzoccoli earned a nursing diploma from the Shadyside School of Nursing; a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Carlow College, a Master of Science in nursing and business administration from Duquesne University and a PhD in nursing from the University of Pittsburgh. She completed a Robert Wood Johnson Fellowship and is a Johnson & Johnson Wharton fellow and a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.
She serves as a magnet appraiser for the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
As Bon Secours Mercy Health’s chief transformation officer, Jason Siegert is responsible for driving enhanced performance across shared services, clinical operations, care delivery innovation and growth, while helping build a more agile, innovative culture that allows Bon Secours Mercy Health to better serve its patients and communities.
He joined the ministry in 2018 as its first chief analytics officer, working to harness and evaluate data with the goal of providing greater transparency and helping to ensure that focused, data-driven decisions directly improve results.
Prior to Bon Secours Mercy Health, Siegert was the CEO for Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance Services in Scottsdale, Ariz. and served as director, Operations Finance, for Health Management Associates (HMA), where he helped to facilitate the system’s sale to Community Health Systems (CHS).
Siegert holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Florida – Warrington College of Business and a Master of Business Administration from Florida Gulf Coast University.
Chief Digital Officer
Jason Szczuka is the chief digital officer for Bon Secours Mercy Health. He leads the ministry’s focus on strategic technological opportunities and oversees the areas of analytics, I&T, innovation and digital strategy. Jason is driving a patient-first strategy that advances the promise of digital health by extending quality care into a more convenient, connected and consistent experience.
Piror to joining BSMH, Jason served as chief digital officer with Cigna, where he led a digital team that supported the transformation of the organization from a traditional health plan administrator to a global health services company. Jason co-founded Brighter in 2010, which was later acquired by Cigna, where he developed products that supported patient, provider and/or payer interactions, enhancing health care engagement and transactions.
Jason earned his Juris Doctor degree from Southwestern University School of Law and is a member of the State Bar of California. He holds bachelor’s degrees in business administration and political science from Southern Methodist University.
Chief Diversified Growth Officer
As chief diversified growth officer for Bon Secours Mercy Health, Andre Maksimow oversees strategies that extend the ministry’s ability to serve more people and communities, as well as advance health care value and innovation beyond our organization. He is accountable for the ministry’s ambulatory ventures, transactions and inorganic growth, acquired non-core businesses and providing oversight for the ministry’s growing lineup of B2B services.
Prior to his role with Bon Secours Mercy Health, Andre Maksimow was senior vice president for Kaufman Hall & Associates, focused on advising healthcare leaders nationwide. He provided strategic financial advisory services related to mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, minority interest transactions, valuations, strategic options assessments, and other services. Prior to his role with Kaufman Hall, Andre was a partner in a senior housing-focused private equity firm.
He holds an M.B.A. from Boston University and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Don Kline is a group president overseeing Springfield, Toledo (Tiffin, Willard, Defiance),Youngstown, Lima and Lorain.
He has served as the president and CEO of the Mercy Health – Youngstown region since 2016. He has more than 31 years of hospital management experience and has served in a variety of regions across the Mercy Health ministry since 2007.
Kline began his health care career at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh and advanced to the role of vice president, Finance for the community hospital division before moving on to become CFO at Trinity Health System in Steubenville, where he spent three years. He moved on to become the CFO of Heritage Valley Health System for six years, and then onto Mercy Health for the past 11 years in a variety of roles from divisional CFO to CFO - Markets, to interim COO to CEO of Mercy Health - Youngstown.
He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Duquesne University.
He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
As a group president, Paul Smith oversees all operations in Cincinnati and Kentucky.
He comes to Bon Secours Mercy Health with more than 30 years of progressive health care operations experience, delivering growth and transformational strategies across hospitals and health care systems. Most recently, he served as president of division III operations for Community Health Systems (CHS) where he provided executive leadership to division operations teams supporting 26 acute care hospitals in six states. Prior to joining CHS, Paul was with Health Management Associates, Inc. (HMA) for 14 years, where he served as a vice president and as chief executive officer of Lake Norman Regional Medical Center in North Carolina. Paul consistently achieved quality and financial objectives at HMA and was awarded HMA Administrator of the Year in 1999 and the HMA Special Recognition Award in 2002 for achieving superior results.
Paul holds a Bachelor of Arts in business administration and marketing from Mercer University and a Master of Business and Health Administration from Georgia State University.