Meet the leaders of our Lima market
|Ronda K. Lehman
President, Lima Market
Ronda Lehman joined Mercy Health in 1995, and currently serves as president of the Lima Market.
Lehman began her career in the pharmacy department of St. Rita’s, serving as director of pharmacy from 2001-2010 before transitioning to an administrative director, then executive director role with ever-expanding responsibilities. In 2010, Lehman joined the administrative team as vice president of hospital operations overseeing radiology, pharmacy, laboratory, social work, care coordination, one-call transfer, utilization review and behavioral health. Throughout these roles, Lehman had many opportunities to work with the medical staff and enjoyed the challenge bridging these relationships in the organization. In 2013, Lehman transitioned to the physician practice and ambulatory side of healthcare, as chief operating officer at St. Rita’s Professional Services. In July 2017, the role expanded to include the CNIO duties. Lehman was named president of Mercy Health – St. Rita’s Medical Center in 2019 and in September 2019, she was named president of the Lima Market.
Lehman received her Bachelor of Science from Ohio Northern University (ONU) and a Doctor of Pharmacy from The Ohio State University. She then went on to complete her MBA at Tiffin University. She also completed the Executive Management Program for Pharmacy Leaders at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a 2006 graduate of the CHP Leadership Academy. In 2014, Lehman obtained her fellow status with the American College of Healthcare Executives. She is also an adjunct faculty member at ONU.
Born and raised in this area, Lehman has a deep commitment to the Lima community and serves in many capacities. She is currently on the YMCA Board of Directors. She has volunteered for the Literacy Council and Our Daily Bread and is very active in the 4-H program and her church. She strives to bring an attitude of service at all times into her work and personal life.
|Kevin Casey, DO
Chief Clinical Officer, Mercy Health - Lima
Kevin Casey, DO, joined St. Rita’s in March 2015 to serve as VP of Medical Affairs. Dr. Casey comes from Johnstown, PA where he held the position of Emergency Medicine Residency Program Director and the Medical Director of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Casey completed his medical degree at Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his internship and residency at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo. He obtained his MBA at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He has served in healthcare leadership positions for the past twelve years in various capacities.
Dr. Casey’s responsibilities include providing physician executive leadership for regional clinical enterprises. In collaboration with the regional COO, Dr. Casey oversees overall mission, strategic leadership, and the assurance of the delivery of quality, comprehensive health care services for the regional clinical enterprises. Dr. Casey is accountable for ensuring integration, close collaboration with all clinical departments and associated joint ventures. He is also responsible for oversight of the Medical Staff Services Department and Continuing Medical Education Programs.
Dr. Casey lives in Lima with his wife Lisa, who is a family medicine physician, and his two children.
Cory Werts, MSN, RN, NE-BC
Chief Nursing Officer, Mercy Health - Lima
Cory has served in a variety of roles during her nursing career – all of which have been served at St. Rita’s. She began as a staff nurse in 2001 with extensive bedside nursing experience in ICU, ICU stepdown, CVICU, Telemetry, and IV therapy. She proceeded to obtain positions as a Clinical Shift Supervisor, Clinical Nurse Manager, Director of Patient Services, Senior Nursing Administrator and her current CNO role which she began in 2017.
Cory earned her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Wright State University where she graduated Suma Cum Laude and was awarded the Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing. She went on to obtain her Masters of Science in Nursing from Chamberlin College of Nursing in 2016.
Cory’s focus is on delivering high quality patient outcomes through leading and motivating nursing professionals to achieving the highest levels of professional evidence-based practice. Under her leadership, Mercy Health – St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima achieved Magnet® recognition.