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
President and CEO, Mercy Health - Kentucky
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 member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Wayne Reid Chief Operating Officer, Mercy Health - Kentucky Wayne Reid
Chief Operating Officer, Mercy Health - Kentucky

Reid joined the Lourdes team in March 2016. Most recently, he served as COO of Mercy Health – Fairfield Hospital and ancillary care locations in Mercy Health – Cincinnati’s northern service area. Previously he was vice president of imaging and COO of Ashland City Hospital, located in Ashland, Tennessee, where he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the critical access hospital. He also served as administrative director of radiology for St. Paul Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.

Reid is a graduate of California Coast University in Santa Ana, California, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration and a Master’s degree in Business Administration, Health Care Management.

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.

Alan Archbold Chief Financial Officer, Mercy Health - Kentucky Alan Archbold
Chief Financial Officer, Mercy Health - Kentucky

Archbold joined the Lourdes team in April 2016. Most recently, he served as CFO for Health Management Associates/CHS, Tennova Healthcare at Turkey Creek Medical Center and prior to that at North Knoxville Medical Center, both located in Knoxville, TN. He was responsible for the financial operations of those facilities as well as the administrative leader for departments including patient access, Health Information Management, Materials Management, Case Management and Accounting.

Archbold holds a Master of Business Administration from Auburn University, Auburn Alabama. He is a graduate of Maryville College, Maryville Tennessee, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Organizational Management.

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.

Kelly Nicholls Vice President, Strategic Development and Chief Network Integration Officer, Mercy Health - Kentucky Kelly Nicholls
Vice President, Strategic Development and Chief Network Integration Officer, Mercy Health - Kentucky

Kelly Nicholls joined Mercy Health - Kentucky in 2003 and currently serves as Vice President, Strategic Development and Chief Network Integration Officer. She currently oversees our strategic planning function, network and business development, the behavioral health service line, and serves as the market liaison to Mercy’s Branding, Marketing, and Communication team.

Under the direction of the KY Market CEO, Kelly has standardized the annual strategic planning function to be inclusive of the regional board, physician leaders, and senior leadership team which has resulted in strong year over year performance results. She has structured a business development model that relies on market research, business analytics and a targeted sales strategy to achieve organic growth that places Lourdes at its strongest market position in more than two decades. She has assembled a top performing behavioral health leadership team responsible for making Lourdes Behavioral Health Institute a clinical leader and best practice site in Mercy Health.

Over the course of this past year, Kelly’s leadership of clinical integration in our market has guided the execution of our primary care network strategy and lead to significant growth in covered lives. In addition, she serves as the C-suite lead in strengthening Mercy’s relationships with other hospitals and health systems across Kentucky.

Polly Bechtold, Regional Quality Officer, Mercy Health - Kentucky Polly Bechtold
Regional Quality Officer, Mercy Health - Kentucky

Polly Bechtold joined Lourdes and Mercy Health in November 2017. Polly came to Lourdes from Baptist Health Paducah where she most recently served as the Baptist Health West Region Clinical Informatics Director. In previous roles, she also served as Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer and Director of Outpatient Center and the Center for Digestive Health.

She is licensed by the Kentucky Board of Nursing and the Kentucky Board of Nursing Home Administrators. Polly is also a member of the Kentucky Organization of Nurse Leaders and the Kentucky Hospital Association. She holds master’s degree in both Nursing and Healthcare Administration.

She has oversight over Mercy Health’s Kentucky region, which includes Lourdes Hospital in Paducah, Ky. and Marcum and Wallace Memorial Hospital in Irvine, Ky.

Christine Thomas Chief Operating Officer, Mercy Medical Associates Christine Thomas
Chief Operating Officer, Mercy Medical Associates

Christine initially joined Mercy Health in November 1993, where she served in various progressive clinical and leadership roles including Director of Maternal-Child Services, Director of Physician Services and Regional Vice President of Physician Services for the Kentucky region. Christine left Mercy Health for seven years to serve as a Senior Associate and Vice President of Business Development for a healthcare consulting firm, which focused on fair market value analysis, medical staff development planning, hospital and physician integration and service line and trauma center business planning and optimization. In May 2013, Christine returned to Mercy Health and currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Mercy Health Physicians Kentucky region. Christine holds a nursing degree from Trocaire College in NY. She graduated from Midcontinent University in Kentucky with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

Jessica Toren President, Lourdes Foundation Jessica Toren
President, Lourdes Foundation

Jessica Toren joined Lourdes Foundation in February 2016. Jessica previously served as Major Gifts Officer for Lourdes Foundation before accepting the role of President, Lourdes Foundation in April 2017. Before joining Lourdes, she held positions with the American Red Cross and West Kentucky Community and Technical College.

Jessica holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and a master’s degree in Organizational Communication, both from Murray State University. Jessica is a member of the Rotary Club of Paducah, an alumnus of Leadership Paducah and previously served on the board of directors for St. Nicholas Family Clinic for six years. She is also an adjunct communications instructor at WKCTC.

Cynthia Dobrzynski VP, Mission Integration, Mercy Health - Kentucky Cynthia Dobrzynski
VP, Mission Integration, Mercy Health - Kentucky

Cynthia joined the Lourdes team in April 2016. Most recently she served as Senior Vice President, Mission and Ministry for Catholic Charities USA in Alexandria, Virginia where she was responsible to strengthen, support and inspire the network to be grounded in the mission and Catholic Social teaching to reduce poverty and build a more just and compassionate society. Prior to that she was Director of Mission and Values for D’Youville Life and Wellness Community Lowell, Massachusetts.

Cynthia holds a masters in Pastoral Ministry with Distinction from Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA and a Bachelor of arts in Theology from Georgetown University, Washington, DC.

Jeff Waldo, Chief Legal Officer of Mercy Health - Kentucky Jeff Waldo
Chief Legal Office / General Counsel, Mercy Health - Kentucky

Jeff Waldo joined Mercy Health - Kentucky in December 2009 as Kentucky Region General Counsel/ Chief Legal Officer. He provides general legal support for the Kentucky Region, He also serves as Vice President and Supply Chain Counsel for the Mercy Health enterprise.

Prior to joining Mercy Health, Jeff served as Chief Legal Officer for Medical Management, Inc., a proprietary business company managing physician practices in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. Previous positions include General Counsel at Geisinger and Senior Vice President and General Counsel at the Monongahelia Health System.

Jeff has a BS from the United States Air Force Academy, an MBA from Johns Hopkins, and a JD from the American University—Washington College of Law.

Susan Starling Chief Executive Officer, Mercy Health – Marcum & Wallace Hospital Susan Starling
CEO, Mercy Health – Marcum & Wallace Hospital

Susan joined Mercy Health – Marcum & Wallace Hospital in 1991 and is currently the President/Chief Executive Officer. Susan holds an undergraduate degree in Nursing and a Master’s Degree in Community Rural Health Administration. Susan has served 25 years in rural health; first as a nurse and for the past 20 years, as a healthcare executive. Susan’s commitment to rural health is fueled by her steadfast belief that rural Americans deserve local access to quality healthcare. Susan has worked diligently to transform the quality and delivery of healthcare in rural Kentucky. Under Susan’s leadership, MWH became the first Kentucky hospital to be licensed as a critical access hospital. Susan was instrumental in the development of a statewide trauma system in Kentucky, resulting in MWH becoming the first Level IV Trauma Center.

Susan presently serves on the Board for Kentucky Hospital Association, and served previously as Chair of the Kentucky Hospital Association Board. In the past, Susan served as Chair on the Board for the Kentucky Rural Health Association; served on the Rural Hospital Issues Group for the Federal Office of Rural Health Policies; served on the Technical Assistance Service Center Advisory – Board for the National Rural Health Resource Center; served on the Board for National Rural Health Association, Chair of the Hospital Constituency Group; amongst many other state and local organizations.

Susan has been recognized for her leadership in rural health with her most recent recognitions “Hall Render Leadership in Healthcare Award”; “Rural Health Leadership Role” by American Hospital Association; Becker’s “50 Rural Hospital CEOs to Know”; Becker’s “130 Women Hospital & Health System Leaders to Know”; “Impact Award Winner” by Bluegrass Alliance for Women; and the “Dan Martin Award” by Kentucky Rural Association.