American Jewish Committee honors Mercy Health's president and CEO

Cincinnati, OH (May 12, 2015) -- Mercy Health President and CEO Michael Connelly was presented the National Human Relations Award from the American Jewish Committee last night, honoring his longtime dedication to Greater Cincinnati and partnerships with the Jewish community both locally and nationally. Connelly engineered Mercy Health’s 2010 acquisition of The Jewish Hospital. The AJC noted Connelly’s leadership in Mercy Health’s investment in the communities it serves, including nearly $1 million a day in community benefit spending.

Dr. David Nash, a former Mercy Health board member and dean of the Jefferson School of Population Health in Philadelphia, spoke at the event. Co-chairs including Beth Guttman, board president of the Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati; David Joyce, president and CEO of GE Aviation; Dr. Donald Wayne, vice president of Medical Affairs at The Jewish Hospital; and Gary Heiman, president and CEO of Standard Textile; Sr. Kathy Green, senior vice president for Mission and Values Integration; and Rabbi Elena Stein, chaplain at The Jewish Hospital, offered prayers at the event.

In accepting the award, Connelly called The Jewish Hospital acquisition one of the best deals of his career and hopes it will lead to years of partnerships. “It shows how much we can accomplish when we work together,” Connelly said.

Connelly has been president and CEO of Mercy Health (formerly Catholic Health Partners) since 1995. In 2013, he and wife Sally co-chaired the region’s successful United Way campaign.