Meet the leaders of our Youngstown Region
James F. Kravec, M.D., FACP
Chief Clinical Officer, Mercy Health – Youngstown
As regional chief clinical officer, Dr. James Kravec is responsible for providing physician executive leadership for the Youngstown region’s clinical enterprises, which include the hospital medical staff involved with acute care delivery, Mercy Health Physicians and Mercy Health Select. In collaboration with Regional Chief Operating Officer Don Koenig, he oversees overall Mission and strategic leadership, as well as the assurance of quality care delivery and integration for those clinical enterprises. Dr. Kravec chairs the Amazing Patient Care Council for Mercy Health – Youngstown and is a member of the system-wide Mercy Health Amazing Patient Care Council. He also represents Mercy Health as a member of the Summa Health Board in Akron.
A Youngstown native, Dr. Kravec was born at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital. He graduated from Youngstown State University, earned his medical degree from Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) and completed his residency in internal medicine at Summa Health Akron City Hospital. He is board certified in both internal medicine and hospice and palliative medicine, and he is a 2012 graduate of the Mercy Health Leadership Academy. Dr. Kravec actively practices internal medicine in the Ambulatory Care Center and is a faculty member for the internal medicine residency at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital.
A part of Mercy Health since graduating residency in 2005, Dr. Kravec has served in various roles in Youngstown, including program director of the St. Elizabeth Youngstown Transitional Residency; associate medical director of Hospice of the Valley; president of Mercy Health Physicians Youngstown; and board member of Mercy Health Physicians. As a medical staff leader, he has served as chairman of the department of internal medicine and treasurer/secretary of the medical staff at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital. At NEOMED, he has served as president of the Alumni Association, internal medicine clerkship director and section chief of general internal medicine for the department of internal medicine.
Lori DeNiro, MSN, R.N., NE-BC
Chief Nursing Officer, Mercy Health – Youngstown and Chief Nursing Officer, St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital
Lori DeNiro is the regional chief nursing officer for Mercy Health – Youngstown, as well as the chief nursing officer for St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital. In these roles, Lori works in close collaboration with the chief nursing officers of St. Joseph Warren Hospital and St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital, and she oversees and coordinates the nursing care and daily operations for the region. She reports directly to the region’s executive vice president and chief operating officer.
As the lead nursing executive, Lori works to align the nursing staff with Mercy Health’s Mission, vision, values and promise. She is responsible for quality and patient safety initiatives and strategic planning, and she manages nursing budgets, establishes nursing policies and procedures, participates in departmental decision making, partners with physicians, drives the patient experience and maintains excellence in nursing through Magnet accreditation status.
Lori joined Mercy Health in 1986, working in various nursing leadership positions of increasing responsibility, including nurse coordinator, nurse manager, senior director of nursing and, most recently, chief nursing officer for St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital.
Under Lori’s leadership, St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital received its first Magnet designation and joined both St. Joseph Warren and St. Elizabeth Youngstown hospitals in this prestigious recognition. Among her many noteworthy achievements, Lori helped pioneer the opening of St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital in 2007; supported the successful implementation of the electronic medical record, EPIC; developed top talent for team leadership; increased certification of the nursing specialty; decreased St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital registered nurse vacancy rates; and was instrumental in several successful Joint Commission and State of Ohio surveys.
Lori graduated from St. Elizabeth School of Nursing with her diploma in nursing. She then earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Jacksonville University and her Master of Science in Nursing from Regis University, Ruerkert-Hartman College for Health Professions. A member of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), Lori is a graduate of the Mercy Health Leadership Academy and the Centers for Creative Leadership Program. She is also a member of the Eastern Ohio Organization of Nurse Executives (EOONE) and the Mercy Health Amazing Patient Care Council. An American Nursing Credentialing Centers (ANCC) board-certified nurse executive, Lori participates in many local community and nursing events and initiatives.