Meet the leaders of our Lima Region

Bob Baxter, CEO, Mercy Health - Lima Bob Baxter
CEO, Mercy Health - Lima
Senior Vice President, Mercy Health

Bob Baxter leads St. Rita's Health Partners in Lima, Ohio, which includes St. Rita's Medical Center, St. Rita's Physician Services, and 11 Joint Venture and other Subsidiary Corporations. He also leads Mercy Health - Toledo, a seven-hospital system serving Toledo, Tiffin, Defiance and Willard.

Prior to coming to Lima, Baxter spent more than seven years at Rapid City Regional Medical Center as the VP, Operations and in the chief operating officer role.

He received a master's degree in business administration and a master's of art from the University of Iowa. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and in 2008 received the ACHE's "Regents" Award.

Kevin Casey, DO Chief Clinical Officer, Mercy Health - Lima 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.

Jodi Pahl, Chief Nursing Officer, Mercy Health - Toledo Jodi Pahl
Chief Nursing Executive, Mercy Health - Lima

Jodi Pahl serves in a dual role as the chief nursing executive (CNE) for both the Toledo and Lima regions as well as chief nursing officer (CNO) at Mercy Health – St. Vincent Medical Center and Mercy Health – Children's Hospital.

Jodi joined St. Rita's Medical Center in 1999 as a critical care nurse and most recently served as the hospital's chief nursing executive. During her tenure in Lima, some of her accomplishments included: redesigning the nursing professional practice model to fully incorporate a full model of learning and growth for clinical nurse teams; leading the transition of the telemetry and ICU step down units into one, comprehensive nursing unit; and helping St. Rita’s achieve recognition among Modern Healthcare’s Top 100 Places to Work.

Jodi received her bachelor's degree in Nursing from the University of Toledo in 1990 and a master's degree in Nursing from the University of Phoenix in 2000. She is a member of both the American Nurses Association and the Ohio Nurses Association.