LaGreca named president of Mercy Health Foundations, Mercy Health Foundation - Cincinnati

Cincinnati, OH (Aug. 26, 2014) – Mercy Health (formerly Catholic Health Partners) – a Catholic healthcare ministry serving Ohio and Kentucky – has named Roger LaGreca president of Mercy Health Foundations and the Mercy Health Foundation - Cincinnati. As leader of philanthropic fundraising for Ohio’s largest healthcare system, LaGreca is focused on enhancing innovation and increasing efficiency across the system’s eight local foundations to better support the Ministry and its mission. The change underscores Mercy Health’s commitment to working together as one team to improve the health of the communities it serves.

As president of the Mercy Health Foundation – Cincinnati, LaGreca works with generous individuals, companies and foundations to help improve the Cincinnati community’s access to healthcare.

“Our unified approach allows our team to work more closely with the generous donors who support the Ministry – putting resources to use with the donor’s intent in mind,” said LaGreca. “By working together as one team, we can leverage strengths across the system, identifying areas of innovation that can help us create a culture of philanthropy across both the organization and the communities we serve.”

LaGreca has nearly 20 years of fundraising, leadership and campaign development experience. He previously served as the Boys & Girls Clubs of America national vice president of development, as well as the vice president of development for the American Red Cross. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Kent State University.

“We are so pleased to have Roger lead our Mercy Health Foundations team and look forward to maximizing our strengths as Ohio’s largest healthcare system, while maintaining our strong commitment to our local community,” said Michael Connelly, Mercy Health president and CEO. “Our Foundations are responsible for critical work that helps to educate our Ohio and Kentucky communities on the importance of overall health and wellness.”

Mercy Health exists to extend the healing ministry of Jesus by improving the health of its communities, with an emphasis on people who are poor and under-served. True to its mission, Mercy Health provides more than $1 million per day in community benefit to those patients who need services, but cannot otherwise afford them.

The Foundations’ unification is one element in a Ministry evolution to one unified team, focused on high-quality care, increased efficiencies and lower patient costs. In July, Mercy Health announced a name change from Catholic Health Partners. Over the next several years, the Mercy Health name will be phased into all system facilities across Ohio and Kentucky.