John M. Starcher, Jr., Esq.
As the leader of one of the largest health care systems in the country, Starcher oversees the development of system strategies and operations for the ministry, which is made up of 43 hospitals and more than 1,000 sites of care across Ohio, Kentucky, New York, Maryland, Virginia, South Carolina and Florida, employs more than 57,000 people including 2,100 employed providers, and has net operating revenue of more than $8 billion.
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. Prior to becoming HMA president and CEO, Starcher served as president of HMA’s Eastern Group.
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 general 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. He is licensed to practice law in the State of Ohio and has actively served as a director on more than 16 boards.
Brian Smith oversees operations throughout the ministry. His responsibilities include the management of Mercy Health's seven operating regions, information technology, facility planning and other areas. He also oversees the Mercy Health relationship with Summa Health.
Smith was promoted to executive vice president of Mercy Health in 2012, after serving as CEO of the ministry's North Division. Prior to that, he held the position of executive vice president/chief operating officer with St. Rita’s Health Partners in Lima, Ohio, which included two hospitals, four physician joint ventures and a wholly owned physician enterprise.
Smith received his bachelor’s degree from Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio. He received a Master of Business Administration from Ashland University.
He is past chairman of the board of The Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce. He is also a member of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Summa Health System Board of Directors, the Mercy College of Ohio Board of Trustees and the Advisory Board for the James Dicke College of Business Administration at Ohio Northern University.
Wael Haidar, MD
As chief clinical officer, Wael Haidar, MD, 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.
Chief strategy officer, David Cannady is responsible for leading the ministry's innovation and planning teams, and coordinating implementation of the 2018-2020 Strategic Plan.
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.
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.
Michael A. Bezney joined Mercy Health in 2002 as senior vice president and general counsel. He has 20 years of expertise in health care law, with extensive experience in strategy, negotiations, acquisitions/divestitures, compliance and bond financing.
Prior to joining Mercy Health, 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, Bezney 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
Debbie Bloomfield, chief financial officer (CFO) for Mercy Health since 2013, is a strategic partner to the chief executive officer, managing the financial operations of the organization, including treasury, supply chain, real estate and construction.
Bloomfield was the divisional CFO for Mercy Health's southern division. She has more than 25 years of experience in health care finance. Previously, Bloomfield was employed by Ernst and Young, LLP, specializing in the health care and finance services sectors.
Bloomfield holds a PhD in business administration from Touro University International (now Trident University). She has a Master of Business Administration degree in finance and management information systems from Xavier University in Cincinnati and an undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, in accounting from Xavier University. In addition, she is a certified public accountant in Ohio (active) and a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association.
Father Joseph Cardone
As the chief mission officer and senior vice president of Mission and Values Integration, Father Joseph Cardone leads Mercy Health's initiatives to extend understanding about the organization's Catholic heritage and identity among Mercy Health associates, leaders and board members.
Previously, Fr. Cardone served as the vice president of Mission and Value Integration for Mercy Health – St. Vincent Medical Center and Mercy Health – Children’s Hospital in Toledo. He also served within the Diocese of Toledo as the pastor for Our Lady of Lourdes Parish. His 17 years with Mercy Health Includes leading a variety of regional efforts addressing ethics, neighborhood revitalization, development of sacred spaces in Toledo region facilities and spiritual care education and accreditation.
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 Mercy Health. Joe enjoys helping health care providers and their people reach their full potential.
Previously Gage 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 served as the HR 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 B.B.A. from Baylor University and a J.D. from Baylor School of Law. He is licensed to practice law in Texas.
Tom Golias joined Mercy Health in May 2017 as chief managed care officer, overseeing payment, contracting and payer-related business development initiatives.
Golias came to Mercy Health from Cigna, where he served as regional vice president of network development for the east region, a network covering 25 states and the District of Columbia. He was responsible for maintaining high performance in provider negotiations, enhancing provider relationships, managing total medical costs and developing and implementing volume-to-value and performance-based programs. Golias joined Cigna in 2006, and before that worked for Aetna in Nashville.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in health planning and administration at Penn State University and a master’s degree in health systems management from Rush University in Chicago.
Sandra Mackey joined Mercy Health in March 2017 as chief marketing officer. She is charged with implementing system-wide marketing initiatives, digital strategy, internal and external communications, and creative services that support health care delivery in Mercy Health's regional organizations.
Previously, Mackey served as senior vice president of Marketing & Communications for the Arthritis Foundation, where she was responsible for national strategic marketing initiatives. She also served as executive director of market strategy for Emory Healthcare in Atlanta, overseeing the rollout of a comprehensive brand strategy.
With more than 25 years of marketing experience, Mackey is a graduate of the Woodruff Leadership Academy and holds a bachelor's degree in nursing from Birmingham University in England. She serves on the board of directors for Saint Joseph's Mercy Care Foundation in Atlanta and is a member of the national Women Business Leaders (WBL) organization.
In June of 2018, Mackey was named as Chief Marketing Officer of the year by the Cincinnati Business Courier.
As chief information officer (CIO), Laishy Williams-Carlson oversees Bon Secours Mercy Health information and technology (I&T) throughout the ministry. In this role, she leads the I&T and Epic electronic health record teams, and is responsible for information technology, applications, cyber security and digital solutions.
Williams-Carlson has been a member of the Bon Secours Mercy Health team for more than 35 years, previously serving as CIO of Bon Secours Health System, as well as regional and market VP/CIO. Prior to her involvement in and leadership of I&T, she was in finance, serving as controller and controller/CIO of Maryview Health System – Bon Secours.
She received her bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Old Dominion University and her Master’s of Science in Health Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Williams-Carlson led the effort to achieve “Most Wired” status for Bon Secours Health System and the HIMSS EMRAM Stage 7 designation for several Virginia hospitals and physician practices. In 2014, she was named as one of the Top Women Powerhouses in Health IT by HIMSS Healthcare IT News.
Staci Lucius joined Mercy Health as president, Mercy Health Physicians, in August 2017. She works closely with regional CEOs to identify and implement best practice excellence across the ministry.
Lucius has nearly 20 years of health care operations experience. Most recently, she served as chief operating officer of the OhioHealth Physician Group, where she led operations for the company’s physician network of more than 1,100 providers across 200 sites. Prior to OhioHealth, Staci served as assistant vice president of operations for the Health Management Associates’ (HMA) Eastern Group, as well as interim president of HMA’s Health Management Physician Network.
Lucius is a 1994 graduate of Arkansas Tech University, where she received a bachelor’s degree with a double major in rehabilitation science and psychology. She earned a master’s degree in health care administration from Oklahoma State University in 2010.
As Atlantic Group president for Bon Secours Mercy Health, Brian White oversees all Atlantic Group operations, which includes nearly a dozen hospitals and hundreds of care sites across New York, Maryland, Virginia, South Carolina and Florida.
Before joining Bon Secours Mercy Health in 2019 as Atlantic Group president, White served as executive vice president of LifeBridge Health, where he helped the organization evolve from an acute-care enterprise into a full continuum integrated health care delivery system. As executive vice president of LifeBridge Health, White was responsible for many functions including hospitals, employed and contracted medical staffs, research and innovation, physician networks, value-based care and operational excellence, among others. With more than 25 years of progressive health care operations experience, White has expertise in partnering and collaborating with physicians, and building and leading high-performing teams to meet the evolving needs of the health care marketplace.
White holds a bachelor’s degree in business from SUNY Empire State College, as well as a master’s degree of business administration from Regis University.
Don Kline is president of Bon Secours Mercy Health’s Great Lakes Group, which includes Lima, Lorain, Toledo (Tiffin, Willard, Defiance) and Youngstown.
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 Mid-American Group president, Paul Smith oversees all Mid-American Group operations, including 10 acute care hospitals and four long-term care facilities across southern Ohio 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.