Mercy Health appoints chief innovation officer

Cincinnati, Ohio (May 16, 2016) – Mercy Health – a Catholic healthcare ministry serving Ohio and Kentucky – today announced the appointment of Jeffrey Carr as the system’s first-ever Chief Innovation Officer.

Carr will be responsible for fostering a ministry-wide culture of innovation and investment. He joined Mercy Health on April 4 and reports to Drew Banks, Mercy Health’s Chief Strategy Officer.

“With more than 18 years of technology, consulting and executive experience, Jeff Carr understands the importance of developing strategic, innovative approaches to strengthen an organization,” said Banks. “This is a transformative time in healthcare.  By sourcing, implementing and investing in next generation technologies we will increase access, elevate quality and improve the patient experience, while simultaneously looking ahead to ensure we are on the leading edge of bringing affordable and compassionate care to the communities we serve.”

Before joining Mercy Health, Carr was the Entrepreneur-In-Residence at Cintrifuse, where he supported the growth and strategic efforts of the organization which provides services in Cincinnati’s burgeoning start-up community. At Cintrifuse, he mentored start-ups, led the effort to create a Digital Health Venture Studio and also supported a number of the region’s leading organizations working with innovative startups.

Carr was one of the founders of local startup Intelemage. The company was acquired in April by Medidata, the global SaaS technology company that specializes in developing and marketing a cloud-based platform of applications and data analytics to address operations throughout clinical trials. Early in his career, he was one of the leaders at Zoomtown, the high-speed internet access company and startup incubator whose model closely mirrors the open innovation approach he will take at Mercy Health.

He has also served as Cincinnati Bell’s Senior Vice President of Strategy, Development & Planning and Chief Technology Officer where he led the sale of Cincinnati Bell Wireless to Verizon. His other roles included Chief Information Security Officer at GE Aviation, and Senior Executive at Accenture.

Carr has a Bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems from The Ohio State University.  He lives in Blue Ash with his wife and four children, and is a co-founding coach of the 2015 State Champion St. Xavier High School Water Polo team.

About Mercy Health
Mercy Health (formerly Catholic Health Partners) is the largest health system in Ohio and one of the largest health systems in the United States, employing more than 34,000 employees in Ohio and Kentucky. With $6 billion in assets, Mercy Health operates about 450 health facilities, including 23 hospitals, eight senior living communities, five hospice programs and seven home health agencies. Its accountable care organization, Mercy Health Select, is one of the top 10 ACOs in the country for Medicare Shared Savings, generating more than $15 million in savings in 2014. In keeping with its mission, Mercy Health provides about $1 million per day in community benefit services. Mercy Health’s bonds are rated AA- by Standard & Poor’s and Fitch, and A1 by Moody’s. Mercy Health is a founding member of Health Innovations Ohio, which focuses on providing health services that result in higher quality, better health and greater value. For more information, visit or connect with Mercy Health on Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Pinterest and Twitter (@LivingMercyHlth).