Meet the leaders of our Kentucky Region

Michael Yungmann Chief Executive Officer and Senior Vice President, Mercy Health - Kentucky President and CEO, Lourdes Hospital

Michael Yungmann, FACHE
Market President, Paducah & Irvine, KY 
Senior Vice President, Mercy Health

Michael Yungmann joined Mercy Health in 2017 as the president and CEO of Mercy Health - Kentucky and senior vice president of Mercy Health.

Prior to joining Mercy Health, Yungmann served as hospital president with BayCare Health System in Clearwater, Fla., for three years. While with BayCare Health System, he focused on physician relationships, market development, service line growth and patient and employee satisfaction. In a previous position as CEO of Southside Regional Medical Center, Petersburg, Va., the hospital achieved HealthGrades 5-Star Ratings for Orthopaedic Services, GYN Surgery and Treatment of Heart Failure. He has healthcare leadership experience at hospitals in Florida, Virginia and Missouri, serving in various roles including CEO, Chief Operating Officer and Associate Administrator. He began his healthcare career as a physical therapist and has been director of Rehabilitation and other clinical services.

Yungmann holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from Saint Leo University and a bachelor’s of Health Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Florida. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Jenny Franke, MD, Chief Clinical Officer of Mercy Health - Kentucky Jenny Franke, MD
Chief Clinical Officer, Mercy Health - Kentucky

Jenny Franke, MD, joined Lourdes and Mercy Health in January 2018. Most recently, she served as the director of Urinary Incontinence and president of the Jennie Stuart Medical Staff at Jennie Stuart Medical Group in Hopkinsville.

Dr. Franke is board certified by the American Board of Urology. She is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a member of the American Urologic Association, the Kentucky Urological Association, the Vanderbilt Urology Society and the H. William Scott, Jr. Society. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University Medical School.

Dr. Franke has oversight for Mercy Health’s Kentucky region, which includes Lourdes Hospital in Paducah, Ky. and Marcum & Wallace Memorial Hospital in Irvine, Ky.

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

Janet Simerly joined Lourdes Hospital— Kentucky 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.